Fondant recipe

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I have been buying pre-made fondant for my cake decorating projects. It cost about RM15.00 per kg here in KL for a medium quality type, the best would cost around RM50.00 for 2 kg. My daughter is always bugging me to let her have her own ‘play dough’ too. So I thought of making my own fondant, it would definitely taste better and at least I know its ‘fresh’ @ new. Here’s the recipe, taken from Wilton website.

Rolled Fondant

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup Glucose
  • 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon Glycerin
  • 8 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar (about 2 lbs.) Sifted. 
  • Essence or flavoring, as desired

Combine gelatin and cold water; let stand until thick. Place gelatin mixture in top of double boiler and heat until dissolved. Add glucose, mix well. Stir in shortening and just before completely melted, remove from heat. Add glycerin and essence.  Cool until lukewarm. Next, place 4 cups confectioner’s sugar in a bowl and make a well. Pour the lukewarm gelatin mixture into the well and stir with a wooden spoon, mixing in sugar and adding more, a little at a time, until stickiness disappears. Knead in remaining sugar. Knead until the fondant is smooth, pliable and does not stick to your hands. If fondant is too soft, add more sugar; if too stiff, add water (a teaspoon at a time).  Let the fondant rest for about an hour before using.  Store in airtight container in a cool, dry place.  When ready to use, knead again until soft.

This recipe makes approx. 36 oz., enough to cover a 10 x 4 in. high cake.


In my opinion, making fondant on your own is not recommended if you do not have any heavy-duty mixer. This is because the mixture of the icing sugar gets all lumpy and too heavy for ordinary mixer to handle. In making the above, I actually split the dough into two parts. This would prolong the life of your mixer !

OK, some photos for better understanding. The ingredients – gelatine powder, glycerine and liquid glucose.


Double-boil to melt the gelatine.


Adding the liquid to the dry ingredients.


1 kg of fondant. I would definitely make this again, and I’m so happy it turned out alright !


For those interested in sugar craft, give this recipe a try.. it will save you some money, and you can have more fondant to play with.. ;-)  

Yasmin says:

Afifah, kak rasa yg kat bagus tu dia rebrand sendiri. Utk confirm halal, boleh minta kedai tu tunjuk cert halal. tq.

afifah says:

Salam Kak Min…glycerin y Kak Min beli dkt Bagus tu brand ape? halal ye?

Yasmin says:

Benish, you have to buy glycerine in bakery ingredients supply shops. The list of shops is at the top page. Tq.

benish says:

salam thanks for the recipe can u tell me where i can get the glecyrin … as I could not find it in cold storage, carrefour , guardian or watson !! :S

Salam, kat KL ni senang je. Cer cari kat kedai Bake with yen, Pastrypro.. alamat kedai kat top page blog. Tkasih.

paanburhan says:

Yasmin, nk tny la… Katne sng dpt chefmaster nyer coloring ek? anywhere near you x? Kat ipoh ssh la nk cr

Yasmin says:

Hi Ano, you can get halal gelatine, ask the supplier to show you the halal cert. Usually it is from Pakistan. Animal origin, I think, cows. Exact ingredients, you can google it. Thanks.

ano says:

May I know what are gelatine ingredients?

ano says:

Is gelatin halal ?

leili says:

Hi dear min,
may I ask you the place you have bought the ingredients? I checked that site you have addressed above. but I want to know is there any other place also!?

Yasmin says:

ok you are welcome Aimanqistina & Jen, thanks for visiting.

Jen says:

Dear Yasmin,
Its my first time here and Im already falling for this site. Ive viewed some. and.. Thanks so much for the recipe and the post uve shared here!!
It has just dropped me an idea on what next I should get my hands on. I just love baking so much!
Thanks for the sharing again =)

aimanqistina says:

luv ur deko… semoga btambah2 rezeki krn sudi bkongsi… hope be like u 1 day…. semoga berjaya….
thx 4 recipe & info…

Yasmin says:

Farisha, fondant tu manis, sebab dari gula icing. Tapi boleh jugak letak essence.

Vivian, there’s no MM in this recipe. I guess the mmf taste better, becoz there’s mm in it !

Vivian says:

Hi Jasmin,

What is the main difference between this fondant recipe you provide and marshmallow fondant? Thanks

farisha says:

fondant tu rasa macam apa eh ?

Yasmin says:

Salam Lin, utk colour fondant kita selalu guna paste or gel colours. Ada byk brand – wilton, chef master, americolour.. just colek ngan lidi kecil and letak atas fondant. Uli. Dlm buku akak ada info semua. :)

lin says:

macam mane nk kalerkan fondant tu?
gambar di atas putih jek..

Min says:

Salam Sue, fondant pecah tu mungkin keras atau lembik sgt. Lepas buat, biar dlm setengah jam boleh guna. Thanks.

sue says:

sue dah cuba resepi kak min ni..tapi bila cover kat cake…bahagian hujung atas kek pecah2.. lagi satu lepas buat fondant tu leh guna terus ke atau kena simpan for few hour?…..

yati says:

salam kak min..

yati dah buat fondant ni..nampak mcm cantikje..jadi la time will try ur sugarpaste recipe..tqvm..

ros2296 says:

salam Min..I dah cuba buat resipi fondant ni, hasilnya sungguh memuaskan berbanding my resipi.Tq for sharing….

Fondant Icing Master says:

Very nice Fondant Icing information. I hope to be in New York soon for a Cake decorating show.

ros2296 says:

salam Min,I dah jumpa resipi fondant tu…tQ..

yee says:

Dear Yasmin,
I wonder whether u’ve ever ecounter this problem before? When you make fondant in a cool rainy day or at night, the embossed fondant will gradually turned sticky and wet on its surface. It get worst the following day, the emboss design became blur and almost disappeared.

Why is that so?? Any solutions to prevend this from happening? I was so…… embarass as i made wedding cakes for my friend and it turned out to be so terrible!!

Thanks and regards…

Eunice says:

Hi Yasmin,
How long can fondant last? Can it be refrigerated? Thanks!

Min says:

thanks Nurul.

Many thanks Tiffany, yes I have bought some marshmallows a few days ago. And will definitely try to make MMF. Heard so much about it. Thanks for the recipe ya. Will post here if I am successful.

Tiffany says:

You can also make marshmallow fondant (MMF) which is a much easier process, less time consuming, and a lot cheaper.

You will need…
16 oz of miniature marshmallows
2 lbs. of pure cane powdered sugar
2 TBS. water
Crisco (shortening) about a 1/2 cup

Have counter top and hands very well greased with crisco. You should SEE the crisco on the table.
Melt marshamllows and water in microwave till smooth, stirring every 45 seconds. Add in about 3/4 of sugar and stir to combine a bit. Dump out onto greased surface and add in rest of powdered sugar. Kneed until it is all pulled together and you have a soft pliable dough.
This type of fondant also does not dry out as fast as typical store bought fondant.

nurul says:

hi kak min! jumpa your site while browsing thru mencari resepi fondant, gumpaste and royal icing. thanks sbb share resepi. br nak bjinak2 dgn fondant ni =) kalau ada peluang boleh la nurul gi kelas kak min.

~nurul, jb

Min says:

Hi Sing, your welcome. To make rose you need flower paste/ gumpaste. The recipe above is for fondant/ sugarpaste which wont really turn rock hard like gumpaste. Fondant can be kept for about 2 months.

sing says:

Thanks Yasmin, I’m glad with this recipe! Cos i can’t find tragacanth you used for making sugarpaste here. Can i use this recipe to make roses? Will it harden? and how long will it last since it cannot be kept in the fridge. Sorry for too many questions… i’m too………… excited!! Thanks

Min says:

Faiza, you have to go to Bakery supply stores, check out, Bake with Yen, or other similar shops. If you don’t have a heavy duty mixer, it’s ok. You can split the dough kecik-kecik and process sikit-sikit.. good luck dik.

Faiza says:

Hi there,

i would like to know where can i buy those pre-made fondant in KL? I live in Bangsar area.. can i find it in Midvalley? I don’t have a super duper mixer im thinking of buying the fondant first…huhu