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31  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Vampire Blood Lollipops on: October 28, 2010 07:51:58 AM
A wonderful project for my 11 year old and I to do she is all about vampires!! A wonderfully simple and spectacularly sweet. Kids will love them @ school! I might throw in some cinnamon oil Grin Shocked Grin to give it some bite.
32  COOKING / Dessert / Twilight Cake for Daughter's Annual Halloween Party w/ Link to Pics on: October 28, 2010 07:44:58 AM
My daughter hosts an annual Halloween party and this year was slightly Twilight inspired. We had a Twilight Scavenger Hunt and Twilight Cake. I worked on the cake for two days. Day one was making Marshmallow Fondant which needed to be chilled overnight before using to sculpt and create the checkerboard pattern and band around the base. Three tiers of cake and filling on the inside, Red Velvet and Vanilla Cream Cake with Butter Cream Frosting and White Chocolate Ganache. I used gel food coloring and water to paint the pieces. This was my first attempt at Marshmallow Fondant and sculpting pieces. At the end of the day I am really happy with the results and have been left inspired for future cake projects and have already started planning her Birthday cake (three months away). Oh and all of this was done by hand with no use of stencils or misc. Wilton petal products as I've seen others use for the flowers and such. I do not own these but I will be buying them for future ease of use.

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe


Ingredients

    * 1/4 cup butter
    * 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
    * 4 tablespoons water
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, divided

Directions

   1. Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
   2. Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
   3. Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
   4. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners' sugar.

*** Note this Recipe is from Allrecipes.com by K Briscoe ***

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and the dough attachment. I did not need to hand knead until I removed it from the fridge and let warm to room temp before rolling out. I also suggest adding slightly less water and add your food coloring to the hot marshmallow goo just make it a little darker or brighter as when you start to add the powdered sugar the color will lighten this is much easier than kneading the coloring in afterward. Spray the inside of your mixer bowl with pam to avoid sticking and clumps.

Hope everyone likes this recipe I know I did.

Sorry I can't post pictures yet ... hope that isn't too annoying. (I fixed your pictures. ~Troublet Smiley )

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