Recently we've celebrated our little son's 2nd birthday at Chuck E Cheese and I made this two layered cake for the celebration. He's very fond of Barney and from the beginning I've been planning for a Barney cake. I worked out on various options to create figurines of Barney, BJ and Baby Bop and finally sticked to marshmallow fondant (MMF). But never wanted to cover the entire cake with fondant, and planned to use whipped cream as a frosting. And for the cake, I used chocolate cake for one layer and sour cream cake for another.
But by the time the cake is cut, the fondant circles which I used to decorate the sides of the cake started to slide down slowly. The combination of whipped cream frosting and marshmallow fondant didn't work as I expected (a lesson learnt). Except that, the cake was a hit on the big day.
Barney and Friends figurines with Marshmallow Fondant:
16 oz packate of Mini Marshmallows
2 lbs Confectioner's Sugar
Vegetable Shortening as required
Purple (Red + Blue), Yellow and Green colors (of course edible)
- First step is to melt marshmallows in a microwave. Grease a microwave safe bowl well with generous amount of vegetable shortening, place the marshmallows in the bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out and stir once and microwave for another 30 seconds more, continue doing this until all the marshmallows are melted. You should even grease the spoon you are using to stir the marshmallows.
- Sprinkle 3/4 of the powdered sugar into the melted marshmallows and mix with spoon.
- Now grease your hands then heavily grease the counter you will be using to knead the fondant. Transfer the fondant mixture to the greased counter and start kneading it.
- At this stage it would be real sticky. Keep kneading by adding confectioner's sugar until you feel it won't accept any more sugar into it.
- As I've used this fondant to make figurines and not to cover the cake, I wanted this to be much stiffer than normal fondant. Because when I made figurines with regular fondant recipe, the figures fell flat.
- For that, when you think it won't accept any more sugar, microwave the dough for about 10 to 15 secs. It will melt the dough and more sugar can be added to it. Apply shortening in between to you palms and knead into a smooth dough.
- Double wrap the entire fondant in cling wrap, and let rest overnight.
- The next day, divide the dough into portions you like for each color. Take an individual portion, melt in microwave for 10 seconds and knead the color into it. Dark colors darken when the fondant sits for a night. I knew this by experience. I kneaded red and blue colors to get exact purple color of barney, but by the next day the fondant turned to much darker shade.
- If you have any excess fondant, double wrap it, put in a ziploc and refrigerate. Stays good for almost a month.
One advantage with this marshmallow fondant is that this can be made ahead almost a month earlier. I made the figures four days before the party and this way there is enough time for them to dry. I shaped all the parts of the figures separately and glued them with betty crocker decorating gel. I mixed all the colors except black, as I didn't have it handy. I have these ready to stick eyes which are generally used on dolls and I used them instead of running to the store to buy black food coloring.
This recipe is from my friend Sridevi who always bakes yummy cakes.