Fondant is an extremely versatile medium for cake decorating. I have used it for covering cakes(of course), making cut out decorations, modeling figures, making bows, making flowers.....this stuff can be used for almost anything. When people ask me what it is like I tell them that it is kind of like a play dough made out of sugar. As an art major, my emphasis was in clay so this stuff is right up my ally.
I've used a few different brands of pre-made fondant. I was inspired to make my own because it costs so much less than ready made. After trying a few recipes I found one that I really like. In fact I prefer working with this homemade fondant over the pre-made stuff. This recipe came from Michele Foster.
I feel that I must warn you from the get go that I have never made this recipe without my wonderful stand mixer. If you don't have one be prepared to use a great deal of elbow grease to get this done. On the up side, if you make this many times by hand you might get arms like Rambo. It would be like combining weight training and baking. What a deal!
Here we go.
floaties from the bubbles. We're about to take care of that.