How to make true black marshmallow fondant

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

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How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Make Homemade Black Fondant

how do i make black fondant. it keeps turniing purple

this is the black fondant recipe I found on CC that I used last week to make a black Jeep. it was perfect. Hope it helps because it is true black!

True Black MMF

* 6 oz. of semi sweet chocolate chips (about half of a bag)
1 bag of mini marshmallows
3 tbsp. of clear Karo syrup
3 tbsp. water
1 1lb. bag of powdered sugar
gel black food coloring

1. Put your marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl, add the water, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir mixture, and microwave for another minute. When marshmallows come out they will be HOT, stir again, scraping the sides with a scraper. Immerdiately add your chocolate chips, and stir until the chips are completely melted. Add your karo syrup and stir again this time with a butter knife, making sure that all of your syrup is incorporated. Add a good amount of black gel food coloring, and stir again with your knife, making sure that you scrape around the edges. Once your mixture is the blackest black that you can get, (I added about 1-2 tsp. of the gel coloring) then add about half of your bag of powdered sugar, and stir until the mixture is thick, with your knife. Grease your hands liberally with Crisco and add the rest of the powdered sugar* to the bowl. Knead your fondant until all of the powdered sugar is gone. Store for up to a month wrapped in plastic wrap, sealed in a gallon Ziploc, and stored in an airtight container.
3. *Depending on the humidity in your area it might take a little more powdered sugar, or even a little less to get the consistancy of fondant.

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In my previous article on How to make Marshmallow Fondant, we slightly touch on the the topic of coloring fondant and the different ways this can be achieved.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

We all love how beautiful cakes look covered in fondant, but no one actually like the taste of it, especially if you’ve added too much coloring to it. So today, i’m going to show you my spin on coloring fondant and how it has worked for me over the past years.

Method 1: Traditional Liquid Food Coloring

Using Liquid Food Coloring will definitely help with coloring fondant. The great thing about using Traditional Liquid food coloring is that it’s very easy to find in any local grocery store and is very inexpensive.

You can either add the food coloring to the fondant by kneading it into the fondant, which can be pretty messy or you can add the food coloring to the marshmallow mixture which will help you to get the color that you want.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

But keep in mind, that since traditional liquid food coloring is water based that you will have to add so much of it to get a darker tone and in return this can cause you’re fondant to dry out.

I know this to be true because when I first started out making cakes I didn’t understand what people meant by gradually adding the food coloring and not using too much. But I obviously found out the hard way and I’m actually glad I did because it helped me to grow.

Method 2: Gel Paste Food Coloring

Much like traditional liquid food coloring, Gel paste will color just about any type of dessert such as rolled fondant, macaroons, royal icing, cookie dough, cake batter, bread dough, frostings, gum paste and etc. You can find gel paste food coloring in most grocery stores and craft stores as well and believe it or not, its not pricey at all.

I prefer using Gel Paste Food Coloring over liquid food coloring because its highly concentrated and you only have to use a little to get a darker tone of color. You can also color fondant the same way as you would use liquid food coloring.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

However, I HIGHLY recommend adding it to the marshmallow mixture first before adding in the powdered sugar because you won’t have to work so hard by kneading each drop into the fondant until you get the right color.

Please keep in mind to add drops of the gel paste a little at a time as well because you don’t wanna add too much, which will cause your fondant to dry out as well or have that yucky chemical taste.

Method 3: Food Coloring Powders

When it comes to coloring fondant and trying to achieve a really deep and darker tone, Food Coloring Powders are the way to go. Unlike liquid and gel paste food coloring, you cannot find it in your local grocery store or craft store.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

I usually order the powders online and it can be a little pricey as well. You will pretty much get the color that you’re going for without altering the taste of the fondant.

This option is absolutely the best out of the traditional liquid and gel paste food coloring. At first it may take some trial and error, trying to achieve a desired color because you’ll have to knead small amounts of the powder into the fondant until you reach your desired color.

After you’ve kneaded the powder into the fondant, its best to let your fondant sit for at least 30 minutes prior to using it so that it can darken fully.

I absolutely love powders because the elasticity of the fondant stays the same and its a lovely thing when you don’t have cracks in your fondant from the liquid dye drying out your fondant.

Method 4: Jello Mix Powders

The taste of Marshmallow fondant is great, but a good way to kick it up a notch is by adding Jello Mix to it. Jello will help to add so many great different flavors to you fondant, making it more desirable on different types of desserts. You can find Jello mix in your local grocery store for the low low at about $0.50 per box.
How to make true black marshmallow fondant

When it comes to adding it to your fondant, it’s best to add it to the marshmallow mixture before adding in the powdered sugar. It’s great because you don’t have to worry about your fondant drying out from adding too much food coloring.

However, there is a con to using this option to color fondant. You will not be able to get really dark tones because each time that I made fondant using Jello mix, the colors were really light. You will also have to add a little powdered sugar at a time because adding too much of it can cause it to be tough.

So what’s the best one to use?

With that being said, I’ll have to say that my best choice for coloring fondant is food coloring powders. They may be more expensive than all of the rest, but they will give you the best results.

I used to wonder how other bakers were able to make darker colors with fondant and after doing my research of course and trying them for myself, I figured it out.

I still use gel paste for fondant as well but I believe that its best to use it for lighter colors since you will not have to add much to achieve the right color.

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.

Great. now 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.

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.

Check out these CAMEO COOKIES that use fondant.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Marshmallow fondant (MMF) is very popular in cake decorating. I think the best thing about it is that it is very easy to make and quite fast as well. You don’t need that many ingredients and the process itself is very easy. Almost everyone loves marshmallows. Why not to add a bit more of favourite sweetness to your special cake. Kids would be the first to love marshmallow cake decorations. I’ve used marshmallow fondant for all my cake decorations so far. However, I might start trying some new things, like sugar paste, but this type of fondant will always be my favourite. Many people are asking how to make marshmallow fondant. So this is the way I make it:

Step 1
I take marshmallows of one colour. Well, it depends on what colour you need to get at the end. If it is black, then you certainly don’t need to separate colours, just melt as many marshmallows as you need. It is not that easy to find just white marshmallows in any supermarket in Sydney. They are mainly pink and white in one pack (**). Or, sometimes I buy the packs with also yellow and orange in it. It is very convenient to have marshmallows already coloured in the colour you want the fondant to be.
The amount of marshmallows depends on how much fondant you need. If you just need a little amount to make a figure or a couple of flowers, then you need to take just a handful of marshmallows. If you need to cover the standard size cake, then you’ll probably need about 100 g of marshmallows. But it is always better to make a little more, just in case.
*** If you want to make flowers and figurines you will just have to knead in some Gum Tragacanth or Tylo powder so they dry up hard. This is where you can buy Gum Tragacanth or Tylo:

(**) Please see the comments kindly given below about where you can find just white marshmallows.

Step 2
Put the marshmallows in a heatproof bowl suitable for microwave. Add a tablespoon of water or lemon juice. Microwave for about 10-20 seconds until marshmallows double in size. Just like you see on the picture. Then mix it with the spoon and you will get a sticky soft mixture.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant
Step 3
You can colour the mixture now if you just need it to be one colour. If you need different colours you can separate the melted marshmallows mixture into separate bowls and colour them in different colours. I find colouring the soft mixture so much easier than colouring already kneaded fondant. It is ok to colour kneaded fondant, but it takes more time and work.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant
Step 4
Add sifted icing sugar into the mixture until it becomes hard to mix it with the spoon. Grease the working surface with some vegetable shortening*, then sift about a cup of icing sugar and put your mixture on it. Then keep kneading* and adding as much icing sugar as needed until you get the playdough like texture. It has to be soft to be able to work with it and roll but doesn’t have to stick to your fingers. If it still ticks to your fingers, just add more sugar. Let it cool.
***I use Copha vegetable shortening available in any supermarket in butter section.
***I use Copha to oil my hands while kneading to prevent fondant while still soft from sticking to my fingers.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant
Step 5
Now use your imagination and start creating your masterpieces or just roll it to cover your cake.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant
You can store marshmallow fondant up to 6 weeks in the fridge. You will need to cover it with cling wrap and put in an air tight container. When you need to use it, just put in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds again until it softens a bit to be able to work with it. If it softens too much just knead in a bit of icing sugar. If it is too dry then you can add a little water.
You can also freeze your marshmallow fondant for a couple of months.
If you need to store your dried fondant figures or flowers you’ll need to put them in an airtight container in a dry place where you can store them for about 2-3 months.

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This is a very easy (and a little sticky at times) way to make a delicious fondant. It’s great on cakes, cookies, or just for your little ones to play with! Leftovers will save in a tightly sealed container for a few weeks.


Recipe Summary


Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.

Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.

Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.

Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

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Need Help! How Do Make Black Fondant

Hello everyone. I am making my brother’s 30th birthday cake. I need to make black fondant. In the the past I have made black fondant but it comes out pale. Can you guys give me tips on how to great black color fondant. I would really appreciate it.

what kind of fondant are you making? i have only ever made MMF so for that i to the melted marshmallows before you add the powdered sugar. then i mix cocoa powder in along with the powered sugar, so you are mixing in brown with the black instead of white. the cocoa also helps with the taste cause u usually need alot of black coloring (depending on how much fondant you are making) good luck and HTH!!

These days I opt for black airbrushing. You can buy it in a can if you don’t have an airbrush.

If u use Sugarflaire extra black colour. And sugarpaste with a bit cmc. It works realy fine. Leave it overnight rapt in plastic. When its set overnight it turns out realy black. I make my sugarpast myself. And put the colour in the wet.

Easiest is to buy it. next best option is airbrush it!
This is the recipe for what Chonte was talking about. Works pretty well.
I normally just keep a tub of black on hand though.

I normally just buy satin ice black fondant, but if I’m out and haven’t ordered any, I’ve been buying the package of Wilton brown fondant and adding Americolor super black to it. It doesn’t take much to get a jet black color. Just keep in mind that the Wilton brown fondant is chocolate flavored, so that might not work on all cake flavors.

Believe it or not I sometimes gather and knead together the small bits and pieces of left over colored fondant–all colors– and then add Americolor black food gel to it and it comes out great! Of course I use all my fondant for decor only. not to cover the cake.

Thank you everyone for your help. I will take everyone’s suggestions.

If you are making MMF you can melt black candy melts and add it to your melted marshmallows. It works great and tastes great too. (I do add a little black food coloring as well. but not much)
I found black candy melts at halloween and stocked up on them. You can probably order them online.
Good luck!

I melt dark chocolate and add that to the mix once the marshmallows are melted. Tastes delicious and no need to add too much black colouring.

On dark colors like that, I just buy the Satin Ice fondant. It keep for a long time and the colors are great. I don’t mess with trying to color it to get it dark enough.

You won’t get a perfect black by mixing paints. You might manage something close by mixing blue and red and then adding a little yellow.

If the result is too green – add red.
If the result is too brown – add blue.
If the result is too purple – add yellow.

You will get best results if the blue is a turquoise blue (cyan=C), The red is slightly purplish (magenta =M) and the yellow is yellow (=Y). The colour printing process used for books magazines and newspapers uses these three colours to get all the colours visible on the page, but because a true black cannot be made, an extra ink (black =K) is also used. You will find the same CMYK combinations in ink-jet printers and colour laser printers

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Remember when I mentioned how disastrous my last attempt with fondant was (and had to make the dulce de leche cake instead)? I’d wanted to make a fondant drum cake for my brother’s birthday since he asked for a drumset (yeah right little brother). Unfortunately, I’d made the frosting too runny and sticky on the cake and it ended up messing up the fondant, so I just decided to do without it.

I figured, though, that the marshmallow fluff fondant might be an interesting thing to share 🙂 This is the fondant I used to make the icons and buttons on the iPhone cake. If you attempt to make marshmallow fondant, all you need are 2 ingredients!

Marshmallow fluff and powdered sugar. That’s all there is to it! And of course, you’ll need a nonstick spray to keep the fluff from sticking to your bowl.

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How to make true black marshmallow fondant

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

See the oil-like substance at the side? PAM.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Add your powdered sugar… (For 2 jars of Marshmallow Fluff, I use a whole 2 lb bag of powdered sugar…not sure just how many cups that is).

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Mix, mix, mix, till you get…

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

Make sure it’s NOT sticky. If it is, simply add more powdered sugar. Plastic-wrap it, place in the fridge, and you’re ready to go!

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

I usually color my fondant AFTER I make it because I usually want more than one color and want to control the quantities, but if you only want ONE color, then I’d suggest coloring the Fluff before adding the powdered sugar. Have fun!

Marshmallow Fluff Fondant

  • 2 jars of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 pounds of Confectioner’s Sugar (which is usually one bag)
  • Optional: Food coloring
  • Optional: Flavoring
  1. Spray your bowl with a non-stick cooking spray, like PAM. Dump contents of Marshmallow Fluff into bowl. If you want to color/flavor, now is the time to add those ingredients (don’t mix yet).
  2. Add your powdered sugar and mix for at least 3 minutes to ensure incorporation. If still sticky, add more powdered sugar until it isn’t.
  3. After you’re finished, form fondant into a ball and cover with something like Crisco before placing in plastic wrap so it doesn’t stick. You can put it in an airtight container if needed.
  4. If you need the fondant the same day (are in a rush), place in freezer. If it’s for the next day, it can be stored in fridge. If you want to store for wayyyy later like a week then maybe the freezer would be better (I honestly am not sure).
  5. Before using, let sit in room temperature with plastic wrap still on for at least 5-10 minutes. Any part you don’t use should be covered with plastic wrap so the fondant doesn’t dry out.

How to make true black marshmallow fondant

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How Do I Make Black Marshmallow Fondant?

I want to make my brother a Guitar Hero cake but am not sure how to make black marshmallow fondant. Can anyone help me? Thanks!!

Make it chocolate fondant and then add black food coloring.

Yep! I’d start with chocolate and then add black as well. If you have Americolor – their superblack is awesome! You don’t have to use as much as you would if you were using Wilton. The color is just much stronger. Plus it comes in a nice squeeze bottle.

I make chocolate too and then kneaded in black wilton food coloring until I got the right color.

My question is does it matter if you use name brand verses store brand? I tried making MMF once and it came out kinda rubbery. Do you think if i used name brand it would help avoid that?

I have made 3 batches of MMF using Kraft Jet-Puffed MMs, and each time the fondant turned out beautifully. I think it depends who you ask. some people prefer store brand, others prefer name brands. For me, the Kraft brand worked best.

I have used both and havent had a problem with either.

I also use chocolate fondant first. Never tried Americolor but think i might.
I also like using the Kraft marshmallows. I recently found them in a vanilla
caramel flavor. I loved it. I didn’t need to add any food color and used it
to make the teddies on my daughters baby shower cake and the scooby cake I just finished. (Both are posted here) The fondant smells and tastes like caramel candy and comes out a tannish brown color.

Hmm sounds delicious think ill try it. I think i might also switch the brand of sugar and marshmallows im using and see if that makes a difference.