Fondant is a cake icing, or the basis of some candies, that is rolled and very easy to work with. If you watch any of the cake shows on TV, you have seen it. Problem is, most fondant tastes terrible. Nothing worse than having a beautiful cake that tastes horrible. You can make your own fondant, however, using a recipe that is easy and tasty. The fondant will taste just like buttercream icing.
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Mix together shortening, corn syrup and vanilla by hand until well blended. It will be lumpy. Don't expect to get it smooth just yet.
Add the confectioners sugar to the mixture, about 1 cup at a time. When the mixture gets stiff, start using you hands to knead the ingredients together.
Dump the fondant out onto your countertop or hard surface. Continue to knead until it is well mixed and has a uniform consistency. The fondant should be pliable and easy to move yet not sticky; it should not stick to your hands. If it is too sticky, add just a touch of confectioners sugar until it is at the right consistency.
Add just a touch of food coloring using a toothpick, if you would like to color your fondant. Knead the fondant until the color is uniform. You may have to add more food coloring if you want an intense, deep color.
Roll the fondant out on the flat surface. From there, you may cover the entire cake or use cookie cutters to make decorative accents. Fondant also works great to make 3-D characters. Model it just as you would clay.