Princess cake tutorial..part 1 marshmallow fondant

My friend Shireen asked me to make a tutorial about a princess cake for the upcoming birthday of her sweet daughter Angelica.I was more than happy to oblige. I have never made a princess cake before and I thought this will be fun and hopefully Shireen and anyone considering to make a fondant princess cake will find this helpful.

Before we get started please do excuse the quality of the final images, my camera broke :( right when I was about to take the pictures of the finished cake :( (talk about luck!).

I divided the tutorial into parts because of the number of steps and pictures. Part will be about preparing the marshmallow fondant (MMF), while part 2 will be about preparing the cake, carving it and decorating it with marshmallow fondant.

I really love working with fondant…it is really fun and it gives the finished cake a somewhat  professional look. My only problem with fondant is the fact that it is SWEEEEEET. I can hardly manage eating more that one bite and I’ve noticed that most people just set it aside and only eat the cake. So the question that I faced was :

Is there a MMF(marshmallow fondant) recipe that had some flavor to it? something that would offset the sweetness?

Cake central provided the answer. A lady named Rhonda promised a fondant that is pliable, easy to use and DELICIOUS. So in the name of science I decided to try it  :) and I’m glad to tell that Rhonda is a woman who keeps  her promises. The lemon added a refreshing hint to the fondant and the salt helped balance out some of the sweetness. Now don’t get me wrong the fondant was still sweet but now it had some flavor to it, the kids actually loved it and were munching on it as we were decorating the cake.

 

Rhonda’s Ultimate MMF

Ingredients

15 oz.  (425 grams) mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
2 teaspoon light corn syrup (helps w/ pliability)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 lbs (1 kilogram) (approx 7 C) confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/2 Cups Crisco or vegetable shortening or butter

Instructions

Grease microwave proof bowl with Crisco. Also grease wooden or heat proof spoon.

Pour marshmallows and water into bowl. Microwave for approximately 2 minutes stopping and stirring at 40 second intervals.You want the marshmallow to melt completely.

This is what it looked like after the first 40 seconds

40 more seconds (80 total)

 40 more (120 seconds)

After 40 more seconds (160 seconds)

Take out of microwave and immediately add corn syrup, lemon juice, salt and extracts. Stir well.

Sift confectioner’s sugar into mixture, one cup at a time.

 After approximately 5 cups, grease your hands well with Crisco and knead the mixture in the bowl.

 Add the sixth cup and continue to knead. Now grease your work surface well and turn mixture out of bowl onto counter. Sift remaining sugar, regrease hands, and knead well. If mixture seems soft, add one additional cup of powdered sugar.

Shape into a mound and put a coating of crisco on outside. Double wrap in cling wrap and insert into ziplock bag. Press air out of bag and seal. Allow to rest overnight, but, can be used after sitting for a few hours.

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26 Comments

  1. Ohhhh! I had been leaving out shortening in the fondant. That’s why it dries out so quickly and becomes difficult to work with. Sarah (at Lola Belle Cakes) had already told me to add fat back to it but I didn’t understand exactly what she meant. Now I see. Thank you, ma’am. I keep working with this stuff and I may eventually like it…

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  2. I didn’t know that.

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  3. asmaabhr

     /  April 24, 2011

    many thanks to you
    anice blog
    can i have the recipes in arabic,please ???
    i love you in allah

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    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting..You can translate the recipes by clicking the translate link on the right side bar

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  4. EmRazzoon

     /  April 24, 2011

    I send you my kisses and hugs! I was looking everywhere for a princess cake to make for my daughters birthday and aint i glad u did one. Her birthday is next month and i never worked with fondant, do you recommend me to try and practice one before her birthday or its easy to deal with from the first time.

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    • :)
      I’m so glad that you find this helpful
      making the fondant is really easy, the tricky part is applying it to the cake because sometimes it tears or sticks to the working surface.
      You can practice if you like but I think you can deal with it from the first time just make sure to divide the work and take your time.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting..I really appreciate it

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  5. This is fabulous! The step my step for the MMF makes it seem so simple!

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  6. Angela

     /  April 23, 2011

    Unfortunately my boy’s best cartoon character is Sponge Bob like his father .. actually he likes the the character and the products in the markets not the episodes
    But i hate Sponge Bob and i can’t imagine me making him sponge bob cake .. even it’s one of the easiest birthday cakes ..Who knows maybe i’ll finally choose it !!
    Again waiting for part 2…:)

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  7. Shireen

     /  April 23, 2011

    I can’t thank you enough for all the smiles you put on her face and all the shine you gave her eyes! She’s over the moon!!! She couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the cake! The date is 16th of May… wait for photos of my version on the 17th! Hope it turns out well!
    You are one great person Sawsan! THANK YOU!

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    • Shireen I can’t tell you how happy I am that you and sweet Angelica liked it..Wishing her a birthday full of joy and everything happy memories are made of…I’m sure your cake will turn out amazing and the best part is that you and Angelica will enjoy making it…Jana and I had a great time making it..
      Glad I could help my friend..it was really my pleasure

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  8. Angelica

     /  April 23, 2011

    Thank you auntie Sawsan for this wonderful cake. I loved it so much, and I am very excited to make it. It’s exactly what I wanted. I think it will be the best birthday ever with this cake!

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    • Sweet Angelica.. I’m really glad you liked it.. hope you will have a wonderful time making it with mum..and wishing you the most wonderful birthday ever!

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  9. Angela

     /  April 23, 2011

    Dear chef .. The mmf recipe is quite simple and clear .. and your princess cake looks quite perfect
    Waiting for part 2 .. Your really talented
    May i ask for cake ideas for my baby boy’s second birthday.. shapes ideas ..
    Angela

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    • Hello Angela ..thank you for you kind words..I am looking for ideas for a boy birthday cake my self..I’m thinking about a toy story cake or a bolt cake..what is your son’s favorite movie? or cartoon character?

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  10. Enas

     /  April 23, 2011

    lovely!

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