The ingredients: A 1 lb. bag of mini marshmallows, a 2 lb. bag of confectioner's sugar, and some shortening to keep things from getting too sticky. And trust me, it gets sticky!
Grease your work surface with the shortening. Grease it well! Grease your hands well, too. If you don't, you will have marshmallow sticking like crazy.
Pour about 1/4 of the bag of sugar into the bowl of melted marshmallow and stir just a little, then dump it all out onto your greased work surface. This is where it gets really messy. But admit it, doesn't the child in all of us like to make a mess every now and then?
Knead the mix like you would bread dough. Add sugar as you go, kneading it well in between additions. Keep at it! It takes a few minutes to get stickiness out of it. Re-grease your hands and the table as needed. You probably will not use all of the sugar. I made two batches and didn't even use the whole 2 lb. bag. The picture above is how it should look when you're finished!
We're storing it for the night because I'm not making the cake to put it on until the next night (tonight actually). So to store it, coat the ball with shortening, wrap it with plastic wrap, and put it in a freezer bag, making sure you get as much air out as possible.
For the black fondant we're making it chocolate. I reasoned it's easier to make brown fondant turn black, than it would be to make white fondant turn black. So I added 1 oz. of melted chocolate to the original recipe. I used unsweetened chocolate, but the recipe doesn't really specify. I figured between the marshmallows and the sugar it's enough to send you into a diabetic coma, so unsweetened chocolate would be wise.
Above is what the chocolate fondant looks like during the kneading process. Since we just went through the initial steps, I skipped taking pictures of that. I also added two tablespoons of cocoa powder with the confectioner's sugar.
Now to color it black. Coloring fondant is not easy anyway, especially dark colors; coloring it black is a nightmare. A friend of mine who is a chef (Hi, Jennie!) told me that if I was having trouble getting it dark enough I should add purple. And really, she was right.
Here's the finished black. It started drying out a lot while I was trying to knead the color into it. But I think I got it a pretty good shade. And I got it back into a workable consistency.
Sealed up and waiting to be used!
The mess I left on our kitchen table. Not pictured: the confectioner's sugar all over the floor.
And finally, my hand after coloring the black fondant. Thankfully it came off, though it did take four or five hand-washings to get it off. Tomorrow's entry will include baking the cake and covering it with the fondant. Stay tuned!