Small Batch Fondant Recipe

I think I'm allergic to mopping. It makes me kind of sick just thinking about it. I like to play this game where I lie to myself and promise I'll mop tomorrow. And then I tell myself it's okay if I wait another day because it's only been a few days since I mopped last anyway. But it's never been only a few days. (I'm so ashamed.)

Somehow sweeping is okay. With 4 children and hard wood floors...I could sweep in my sleep. Actually, I kind of wish I would, because if you add up all the time in a year that I spend sweeping....that's like...A LOT of time spent sweeping. But sweeping is just easy. You grab a broom and you do it. Unlike mopping. Mopping requires a full commitment.  And a diversion for the children. And moving all those chairs. And trying to figure out exactly what that spot on the floor came from. And then hoping it was something the children spilled. And not the black death. And then you have to budget in your recovery time because --HELLO -- you just did all that work. For REAL this time. I'm tired from typing. If it's not mopping, it's another thing. I'm basically lazy like you could win an award for it. That's why I'm all into molds this spring. They are so quick and easy and fun. The only downside used to be that I had to make and/or color all that fondant. Because that's work. And I'm pretty sure we've covered the fact that work and I aren't the kind of friends that spend the afternoon together. We're more the type of friends that nod to each other in passing. Maybe a wave if we're feeling particularly cheerful. But if we didn't speak to each other for a few weeks... I think both of us would be okay with that too.

And then I figured out how to make the smallest batch of fondant that ever existed. And you put the food coloring right into the bowl before adding the powdered sugar so there is no extra work at all. It's like a cookie dream come true.

Small Batch Fondant

1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Place the marshmallows and water in a medium microwaveable bowl. (Don't be like me and use a tiny bowl. Your bowl should be able to hold at least 2 cups.) Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir gently with a spoon and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted. Everything will be weirdly sticky and soupy at this point. Add the vanilla and mix well. Pour in the powdered sugar and stir until it all comes together in a ball. You should be able to knead it in your hands without it sticking to your fingers. If it's still sticky, add a few more teaspoons of powdered sugar until it stops sticking. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before using.

**You can add food coloring at the same time as the vanilla. Use the same ratios of food coloring as your icing for a perfect match.

** Store in an airtight container. I usually put my leftover fondant in a ziplock bag and put that bag inside a plastic food container. When I double seal the fondant like this, it usually stays soft for 2-3 months.


See how I used fondant with the Easiest Rose Ever Cutter
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