So the last post I did were the macarons, which were much more difficult than they looked. This post is actually much easier than it looks. If you can microwave and use a stamp then you have pretty much got this covered. I made some chocolate chip cupcakes, iced them with espresso frosting (yes again, it's my favorite okay) and then covered them with fondant.
I was always really intimidated by fondant until I found a post on www.foodgawker.com (awesome site) that had a recipe for marshmallow fondant.
It's this easy -
2 cups of mini marshmallows
2 tsp vanilla
1lb of powdered sugar
1st - Grease down your mixing bowl and put the powdered sugar in your mixing bowl. Then put everything else in a microwave safe bowl.
2nd - Melt the marshmallow mixture for 30 seconds, stir it around and maybe put it back in for 20 more seconds. Just melt it until it is smooth and liquidy.
3rd - Pour the marshmallow mixture into your powdered sugar and beat it until a dough forms (I used a paddle attachment on my mixer which i also coated in crisco).
4th - Knead the dough on a smooth surface covered in parchment paper until it is nice and smooth.
That is all you have to do.
if you want to add color - pinch of some dough and knead in the dye of your choice
if it is cracking and dry - add water or maybe a pinch of crisco
if you want to save it for later - wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it and just take it out and let it set 30 minutes before the next time you use it
To decorate with it I rolled it out with a rolling pin and stamped it with a big stamp.Then I used the lid to a jar to cut it into circles and placed it over the icing on the cupcakes.
You can do just about anything with this stuff - it is edible playdough, except sweet instead of salty, and your friends won't look at you weird if you eat it.
There are a few things I have obsessions with, one of them being ribbon. A few others being, scarves, the Avett Brothers, Amy Atlas and her mad skills,baking and bejewled. So as you can see, I tied little ribbons around the cupcakes. I don't have an occasion for these at all really, but tonight is girl night and what girl doesn't like cupcakes???? Weirdos, that's who. So I will probably take them with me so I can weed out the weirdos...heh kidding.
Anyways I have two friends who are in need of some funds - Stephanie Jones and James Venable - they are both doing bike tours to raise awareness for great causes
Stephanie - for the need of clean water in Africa
James - to end human sex trafficking
If you want to know more and donate here are the links
for Steph - http://www.ridewelltour.or
for James - http://www.ventureexpediti
Just select their names out the list provided and donate $5, $10, whatever you can. They will love you for it and so will those they are helping
Also, mark your calenders, Saturday April 17th there will be a give back night at Chilis and the proceeds will go to them. If you just mention you are there for Ridewell 10% of what you pay will go towards the charity. Tell everyone and come eat Chilis, it will be all day Saturday.
One last thing (sorry I know this is kind of long winded) but if anyone might be interested I will sell baked goods to help raise funds too. If you want cookies, cupcakes, cakes, whatever really just say the word.