So, most of the cakes that I make have the same icing for each of them and so I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make it. I personally think that the Marshmallow fondant tastes a lot better than the normal icing hence why I make it!

Okay so what you will need to make this:

Main ingredient in this is marshmallows and I usually just get the pink and white ones, powdered icing sugar, a microwavable bowl, butter for greasing, a wee bit of water, food colourings if desired, a spoon and although it is not shown here some cling film.

Before I start always remember to grease the bowl with butter, the spoon and anything else coming into contact with the marshmallows. Once they are melted they will stick onto everything! Many times I have tried kneading the sugar into the melted marshmallows without greasing my hands and not being able to touch anything! Greased up bowl:

Okay I don't actually measure anything when I make this; generally the idea is just add more sugar until it becomes the consistency that you want.

Put the marshmallows into the greased bowl first. If you are after white icing then obviously separate the white and pink marshmallows and add a wee touch of water, usually about a tablespoon.

I microwave them in sections of 30 seconds at the highest setting just so that they don't burn and once they are all melted this is the time to add the food colouring if you are making a lot of one colour. It is a lot easier to add it now rather than trying to knead it in once the fondant is made, and a lot less messy! I used blue icing because I was wanted to cover my flatmates cake blue.

Before colourings

After colourings

Now is the more time consuming and boring part with the adding of the icing sugar. Sift it into the bowl to avoid lumps but every so often stir it in with the greased spoon, otherwise there will be so much icing sugar and your kitchen will look very white! After a while it should look like very sticky and harder to stir but you just have to keep going! I haven't ever used a whisk to make any of my icings though it would probably be a lot easier! I do it by hand mainly because then I can feel the texture while making it. Soon it will look like this:

The first couple of times that I tried this many recipes said to make a pile of icing sugar onto a kitchen worktop and add the melted marshmallows and knead. I don't tend to do this anymore for several reasons. Getting melted marshmallows on your hands can be very frustrating! Adding not enough or too much icing sugar can be annoying and having generally your kitchen top looks very very messy afterwards! So I add the sugar in the same bowl.

So just keep adding sugar to the bowl:

Once it gets to the stage where the icing is coming away from the bowl then it is ready. You can use your spoon or your hands to knead the icing but I don't usually think that it is completely necessary at this point. Now get a big bit of cling film and its time to wrap up the icing! I usually have some leftover icing in the bowl so instead of throwing it out I add it with the icing into the cling film as it saves the icing from sticking to the cling film too much:

Now I usually make the icing the night before and will use it the next day for cake. It tends to settle a bit and after a few hours so a lot easier to knead and use. If you have any icing left over once you use it, you just need to wrap it up with cling film again and keep it in a dry place. I usually use it within a month so I would say that it is usually safe to use within the month.

I hope that if you make it, it turns out well! =D