Fondant recipes make a super-white edible clay that is perfect for dying into any color you might want. Color it, roll it out, and cut or shape it into anything you can imagine.
You can purchase pre-made fondant online or at cake decorating shops, but this fondant icing recipe is so easy that you can save money and gas by making it yourself... AND keep the bragging rights of having made it all from scratch.
This basic recipe contains only ingredients which are easy to find in most grocery stores.
Basic Fondant Recipe:
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) Unsalted Butter
¾ teaspoon Vanilla
¼ teaspoon Salt
2/3; cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 cups Sifted Confectioners' Sugar (+ 1 cup for work surface)
Steps (how to make fondant):
Beat butter, vanilla, and salt together until soft.
Add condensed milk slowly and beat until mixture is very light.
Add the confectioners' sugar cup-by-cup.
Dust your work surface with an extra cup of confectioners' sugar.
Turn your fondant mixture out onto the work surface and work the powdered sugar in with your hands.
Wrap your fondant mixture in plastic wrap as air-tight as possible and then store in a large ziplock bag or sealed container while working with smaller pieces of it. This will help keep it from forming a crust. If you DO get a crust, don't worry, just sprinkle a little confectioners' sugar or, better yet, corn starch and knead it in.
What I'll call the "professional" fondant recipe contains several specialty ingredients that aren't always readily available. This DOES make a terrific, easy-to-work-with fondant though!
Professional Fondant Recipe:
3 Tablespoons Warm Water
5 teaspoon unflavored Gelatin
1/2 cup liquid Glucose (you can get this from baking or some craft stores) or Corn Syrup in a pinch (but reduce the water if substituting corn syrup)