When I posted about planning Aidan's party, I got several suggestions for things to try, including marshmallow fondant. And I do so love
to overestimate my abilities a challenge, so I decided to give it a whirl. Everyone said it was very easy to work with (easier than regular fondant) and tasted better too. A win-win situation, right?
I followed this recipe at Allrecipes.com (don't scroll through the sample photos if you lack crafty skills like I do, they'll just fill you with rage and feelings of inadequacy). I will say that the actual preparation of the fondant was easy peasy, even if it was a little messy at the beginning.
At this point, I was feeling pretty awesome. Maybe a little too awesome... obviously the crafty universe needed to return me to my box of shame.
(Photo from Despicable Me, which is actually HI-larious.)
Today I decided to actually assemble the cupcakes in advance because I learned my lesson last year before Wesley's party when the frosting separated and I had a miniature nervous breakdown.
To be entirely, completely and 100% honest, making cupcake toppers from the fondant wasn't a complete nightmare. I'm sure I would get better at it the more I tried, but I'm also not sure I would take the time and put forth the effort to make fancy cupcakes like this in the future. Sprinkles are sooo much easier. Or paper/toothpick toppers. Or ordering cupcakes from a bakery.
Making the stars was really simple and at that point I was still having fun and thinking that perhaps I was super crafty and domestic after all.
When I got to the mushrooms though?
Holy fondant madness, Batman.
The entire mushroom section of the process is the reason why I have mixed feelings about this whole fondant thing. The red took forever to color, I had to add water and more powdered sugar to keep the consistency, my kids made the unlucky decision to walk into the kitchen in the middle of it and were treated to a scene right out of "The Exorcist" and the whole idea of smooshing multiple pieces of fondant together to create a design is apparently way over my head.
We're talkin' miles over my head, people. Miles.
I built a bridge though, I got over it, and then I uploaded photos so that I could put off cleaning the powdered sugar tornado in my kitchen for a few minutes.
I think Aidan will love his cupcakes tomorrow, and that does make me happy. I think I might have to try it at least once more, for Wesley's party this year... but after that I might close the marshmallow fondant chapter in my book of life.
What about you guys -- have you ever worked with fondant? Do you think it's crazy or do you think I'm a big baby? Or, even better, do you have any tips for me that will make the process easier when I have to make it again later this year?