Rolling Fondant Recipe -
Rolling Fondant Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Rolling Fondant

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"Fondant is a smooth sugar paste cake coating that is rolled out with a rolling pin. The smoothness of this icing allows you to decorate a cake more extravagantly then you can with your typical icing. If you have ever wondered how professionals got their cakes to look so smooth, this is the secret."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place gelatin and water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until gelatin is melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Combine the corn syrup, vegetable oil, shortening, and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Turn the mixer on low, and add the gelatin mixture. Beat on low speed until a paste is formed. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to let harden slightly.
  3. To use, roll the fondant to 1/4 inch thickness, using cornstarch to coat the work surface and the rolling pin. Transfer fondant by rolling it around the rolling pin. Place fondant over cake and unroll it, stretching it into place as necessary. Use a paring knife to cut away the excess. Store unused fondant in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 11, 2009

This was my second attempt at fondant - I first tried the marshmallow fondant, and it never got past the sticky stage. I tried again with this recipe, and success! I don't think I got all 8 cups of confectioners sugar in, but it was close. It rolls like a dream, and was incredibly easy to use. It's very sweet, but you don't use fondant for the taste, so I can live with it. I spritzed the bowl of my mixer with some cooking spray before I started, and had no trouble with sticking.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 01, 2010

We made this fondant and it was our firtst try so it could be that, but it didn't work well. It seemed very greasy and we couldn't get it on the cake so we just decorated with it. We also had trouble with that so we put the fondant in the fridge to finish with in the morning and after it chilled it was much better.

Aug 03, 2009

Great taste. doesn't take long but you need to put the sugar in before the cornsyrup or it will stick to the bottem

Oct 08, 2009

I don't know what the first review is all about...your hands are going to hurt after making any fondant. Anyways, I adore this recipe. I think my fondant turned out great! I have never used it before so I was hesitant about which recipe to use. I am so glad I chose this one because I was terrified it wouldn't turn out and this did. It was super fun to make. My little hand mixer couldn't hold up to it but I figured that from the start. My hands worked just as well. I had to add a little extra powdered sugar but other than that I had no problems! Thanks for a great recipe that I will use over and over again!

Apr 01, 2010

Super easy, yummy and not as sweet as the marshmallow fondant recipe. I put 7 cups of powdered sugar in the kitchen aid bowl and added all the ingredients on top of that (used all oil instead of adding the shortening) and then with the dough hook I turned the machine on low. After all the sugar was kneaded in (by the machine :), if it still looked sticky I added more powdered sugar and when I took it out I only kneaded it a few times before storing. This is my new go-to recipe for fondant.

Aug 19, 2011

Great Fondant recipe, and I've tried quite a few...for those reviewers that say it's too sticky, make sure you let it SET at least until room temperature...DON'T just add more and more sugar! That is what makes it so crumbly when you go to use it (I made that mistake myself the first time trying this recipe). If it's still even slightly warm from the gelatin mixture, it's NOT READY! It has worked best for me to make it a day ahead, and tightly wrap in a couple layers of plastic wrap for the next day's use (I always put a TINY bit of shortening (like the size of a pearl) on my hands and then pat it into a ball before putting in plastic to keep it from drying out or sticking to the plastic). As for COLORING, I use Wilton Gel Paste colors...just put a couple spots of color around your desired amoutn of fondant with a toothpick and knead it by hand (if fondant starts to stick to your hands, and it WILL, spread a tiny bit of shortening all over your hands and continue...I always do this several times). Best technique I've found for totally blending in colors is stretching it repeatedly like taffy...if your fondant is the correct consistency you should be able to stretch it without breakage after softening by kneading it. Quick softening tip: rub fondant between hands into a cylindrical shape a couple of times...spreads your body heat quicker! Don't be afraid of getting your hands a little dirty! Happy Decorating!

Oct 28, 2009

This was a great help. I avoided the expense of a fondant rolling pin and bought a pvc pipe for $2.00 It worked wonderfully!

Apr 26, 2010

This recipe is perfect! I've never made fondant & today felt especially crafty, so I gave it a shot. I sort of mixed it up roughly by hand, then used my bread machine to do all the thorough mixing (in 1/3 portions) and got the most perfect fondant within minutes. This goes in my permanent collection. Thanks


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  • Calories
  • 293 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.5 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.5 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 8 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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