Homemade Fondant that Tastes like Buttercream

Marshmallow Fondant that Tastes like Buttercream | Thek Baking Beauties
I baked birthday cupcakes for me son, t’ little guy be into everythin’ pirate. What would be better than pirate cupcakes t’ celebrate? It aye beats walkin’ t’ plank!

Alright, enough pirate talk. If you ever walk to talk like a pirate though, you can use the English-to-pirate translator…seriously! It be a lot o’ fun!

Last year I used a homemade fondant to decorate the boy’s Cars cake, and I really enjoyed working with it. It coloured well, shaped well, and held up well. This year, I just wanted to try something different. So, I scoured Cake Central for recipes, and ideas. If you are ever looking for ideas for ANY themed cake or cupcakes, you should definitely take a peek through the gallery there, there are a ton of ideas!

Looking through the recipes, I came across one for a Homemade Fondant that Tastes Like Buttercream.I’m in! The recipe was simple, easy, AND it tastes like buttercream! Perfect!

Homemade Fondant that Tastes like Buttercream
  • up to 1/4 cup Crisco shortening, used for kneading the dough
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, used for greasing the bowl for melting marshmallows in
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows, very loosely packed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract (gf)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon clear butter flavoured extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup, helps with pliability
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons powdered Dream Whip (optional)
  1. Grease the inside of a large microwave safe bowl with butter
  2. Place marshmallows, vanilla & butter flavoured extracts, salt and water in the bowl. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir. If marshmallows are completely melted, you are ready to proceed, if not, return to microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Add in corn syrup.
  3. Fit stand mixer with the dough hook and pour in powdered sugar and Dream Whip. Mix well. Carefully add the melted marshmallow mixture to the powdered sugar mixture. Mix at low speed until incorporated. Turn mixer up to low/medium speed to knead until most of the sugar is blended in.
  4. Turn fondant onto a flat surface that has been lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Knead fondant until smooth and pliable. Coat hands with Crisco if the fondant is too sticky, and continue adding powdered sugar until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap followed by a zipper seal bag. Let dough rest for at least an hour before using it. If the fondant has become too stiff to work with, you can soften it by microwaving it for 10-15 seconds, then rub your hands with Crisco and knead until pliable again.
  6. The fondant can be made up to 2 weeks in advance, as long as it it wrapped and sealed properly, to prevent drying out.
To Change flavours, use different extracts:
Coconut - add 2 tsp coconut extract, and use 3 Tbsp coconut milk in place of the water
White Chocolate - Use 7 cups of marshmallows and 4 oz. melted white chocolate in place of the 8 cups marshmallows.
Chocolate- Use 7 cups marshmallows and 1/2 cup melted baking chocolate in place of the 8 cups marshmallows. Use 1 teaspoon each vanilla extract and butter flavoured extract instead of 2 teaspoons.
Source: Cake Central



  1. B Maurer says

    Thanks for sending this recipe to me!! I made this recipe for a baby shower this weekend. I LOVED it and so did everyone else! I made 24 little turtles to use as cake toppers. I had enough left over I could have made about 15 more, but I didn't have the extra two hours. :-)
    The only change I had to make to the recipe was to add about 2-3 extra cups of powdered sugar to get the fondant to a non-sticky smooth texture.
    Last night the kids and I sat down and played with the leftovers. Good, sweet, fun!

  2. Sarah says

    WOW. These are so cute! I've never had the opportunity to try fondant, but it never looks very good. I'd rather try this first! What a lucky boy!

  3. Amy says

    I will have to try this. I've worked with packaged fondant and never cared for the taste.

    Your pirate cupcakes are so adorable.


  4. Carolyn - What Life Dishes Out says

    Adorable cupcakes! My oldest had a pirate party a few years back, these would have been perfect!!

  5. CinnamonQuill/GlutenFreeFeed.com says

    This is very impressive! And the thing I dislike about fondant is the taste; so I bet I'd love this!

    Thanks for submitting to Gluten Free Feed, too :)

  6. TESOL certification says

    Working with either rolled or poured fondant is a fun activity to do. I will try to make different variations of design using fondant! The cupcakes sure are lovely!

  7. Jeanine says

    Thanks, guys! I liked the taste of the fondant (compared to some others), and I liked how it worked out, plus, it was super easy to make. :)

  8. Tapping Therapy says

    Fondant really comes very handy to create unique and cute designs for cakes and pastries. I wish I have same hands and creativity as yours. The pirate is super cute and adorable!

  9. Rhonda says

    I've just spent an hour wandering through your past recipes…it's been time well spent:) These cupcakes are so darn cute! I can't wait to try the fondant, the packaged stuff is not the best.

  10. Jeanine says

    @Rhonda Thanks, Rhonda! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time, there are quite a few recipes to go through. :) These cupcakes were a lot of fun to put together, pretty easy to work with.

  11. Holtnotes says

    LOVE your pirate cupcakes – what did you use to cut out the nose and eyes? – such a cute idea –

  12. Jeanine says

    @Holtnotes, Thank you! The nose, eyes & pupils were all just little bits of the fondant rolled into balls and then flattened slightly with my hands. My little guy (and his friends) sure thought they were cool. :)

  13. Samantha says

    I have never made fondant before or even tried working with it. I know the stuff in the store is no good as my mom tried it for my sisters wedding cake…they ended up not using it thankfully. Thinking about trying now and like the looks of this recipe since you say it tastes like buttercream. However, I have never heard of Dream Whip, I know you say it is optional but was wondering what it does for the fondant and how much difference it actually would make. Also, I will be covering a single layer 10″, 8″, and 6″, would this recipe make enough for that.

  14. Khen says

    The first fondant cake that I tasted was not that good compared to buttercream icing, sure the cake look good and the centerpiece of the party, that’s why I googled “delicious fondant” and here I am. I will try your recipe for my daughter’s 7th b-day and IT WILL BE my first fondant cake! Just two questions I hope you will reply… only large mallows are available here, I’ll go ahead with 8 cups? Is extract the same with essence?? Because that’s what in the store here too, flavourings are all labeled essence…

    • says

      Khen, if you can only get the large marshmallows, I would just take and cut them into 4 pieces and measure them that way. As for the essence, is that what you use in all your baking? Whatever you use in your baking is what I would use for the vanilla. Happy 7th birthday to your daughter!! My son is turning 6 soon, so time to think about what kind of cake to make him again. :)

  15. Jane says

    I have heard that fondant cannot be refridgerated because the moisture will disolve the fondant. Is that the same for this recipe, or can this recipe be refriderated?

  16. Lauren says

    I was thrilled to find this recipe! I’m planning to make a castle cake for my son’s 5th birthday next week and wasn’t sure how I was going to do it with regular icing, but I can’t buy fondant here (we are living in West Africa for a few years) and have never liked the taste of it anyway. One question…do you know if there’s anything I could use in place of the clear butter flavored extract?? I know that’s important, but I won’t be able to find that there. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Lauren, I’d try using either almond or coconut extract if you can’t get the butter flavour. It obviously won’t taste like a buttercream then, but it would still be delicious! :)

  17. Lauren says

    Thanks, Jeanine. I’ll see if I can find either of those. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. :) For this recipe, how big of a cake would it cover, do you know?

    • says

      You can leave it white, or you can add colour as you use it, at the end. I take off a piece at a time, and colour it the colour that I need it to be. I find gel colours work best. HTH!

  18. Cindy says

    My cake decorating teacher gave us this recipe last week…I made it today…LOVE LOVE it! I m about to color it and prepare for my final cake. I was surprised at how much it made. The taste is wonderful…I ran out of clear vanilla so I used mexican vanilla which has a stronger taste than the typical vanilla…it still came out very white and with a wonderful wonderful flavor.

  19. Kendall says

    Do you know of a brand that makes the clear vanilla? I’m having a heck of a time finding it in any of the grocery stores I regularly use in AZ. Thanks!

  20. Jenn says

    If this actually tastes good than you’ll be my hero, I have refused to use fondant since I hate the flavor but my GFCF son wants a Little Big Planet cake for his birthday and using fondant to make continents on the globe seems the easiest way to do it.

  21. Hallie says

    Hi! This was my first ever fondant, and I really had no idea what I was doing. The thing is, it takes yummy! It’s just that I had to add a ton of crisco to make it pliable, since it was dry and crumbly. Did I do something wrong?

  22. Lauren says

    I know it is optional. If we cannot find Dream Whip, do you have another suggestion? Write back soon!

    • Jeanine says

      As long as you wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap, you can refrigerate it and store it for using it later, you just have to bring it back to room temp before using it. I’ve used it with a week of making it. If it still seems too dry, microwave it for a few seconds with a few drops of water to help moisten it again. HTH

  23. samantha says

    Quick question is it easy to roll out? I need it to cover a 8 inch cake so if someone could right me back soon . I would greatly appreciate it :)

    • Jeanine says

      I found it easy to roll out…you may have to sprinkle a little cornstarch or icing sugar down, but sometimes I’ve wiped my counter with crisco too. Depends on what you’re doing. :)

  24. Steph says

    Hi! This recipe looks great – thanks for sharing!

    I’m wondering how far in advance I can make the figurines I’m planning on making using this fondant?
    Will they become gummy if I put them in the fridge for storage or is it better to store in an airtight container?

    Any info would be great!

  25. Silvia says

    Hi. I just made the fondant and it tastes so good. Thanks for the recipe! I won’t be using it for a couple of days, should I refrigerate it?

    • Jeanine says

      You could, but either way it is best to wrap in a few layers of plastic wrap and a zipper seal bag. You’ll have to let it come to room temperature before using it if you refrigerate it. :)

  26. Slel Lee says

    How would you go about coloring this? I’ve never worked with fondant before and I am making a Seahawks (football team) cake for a friend. I need several different colors.

    • Jeanine says

      I use gel colouring, there are a few different brands available, Wilton and Amerigel are 2 that I can think of off the top of my head.

  27. Britty says

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe but as I read it I have a question… In step 2 you say to add the salt to the bowl for the ingredients that need to be microwaved but in step 3 it says to add salt again too. I’m confused. Do i add 1/2 teaspoon each time or is it just a typo?

  28. Louise says

    I’ve never worked with fondant either..since this one is made of marshmallow,..I’m assuming it will be stretchy?? will u have to work really quick so it doesn’t shrink back?? if that makes sense

  29. Johnna says

    I made this just now actually …its my first try at fondant and my hubs is super picky about cake… but its tastes great im sure ill be sticking to this recipe =) and buying it just cost way too much for us! THANK YOU!!

  30. Catie says

    This looks so promising! I’m making a Princess Tiana cake for my niece, and I knew I would need to use fondant (the taste of which I despise). Thanks so much for sharing!

    Quick question, I don’t have a stand mixer. Would I be able to somehow make this just by kneading the dough or using a hand mixer?

    • says

      Hmm…if you can’t find butter extract, it won’t have a butter flavour, so it won’t taste like buttercream. But, you could replace it with clear vanilla extract, or even 3/4 – 1 tsp almond extract.

      Wilton has a butter flavoured extract, I’ve found it at places that sell cake decorating supplies (Michaels, Bulk Barn, etc). Hope this helps!

  31. Erin says

    Just wanted to say that this recipe is absolutely amazing!!! I’ve worked with other fondants and they always had that bitter aftertaste that drove me crazy. This recipe is absolutely delicious. I used it to make an Angry Birds birthday cake and cupcake toppers for our daughter’s birthday. It was such a hit that everyone had seconds and thirds of cake! I will never use another frosting as long as I live! Seriously, nothing even comes close to how great this recipe is! The only drawback is trying to fold the coloring gel into the fondant, but I got a great upper arm workout in the process, and the end result was totally worth it. Was so proud of the results we took many many pictures! THANK YOU so much for this recipe!! The next project is an Adventure Time cake for my son’s 8th birthday in 2 weeks. Can’t wait to use this recipe again! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  32. Dottie says

    WIll it be ok to add food coloring such as I want my fondant to be blue during the mix? I want to use this to cover a 6 inch cake but I want solid blue color. Thanks in advance.

      • Beth says

        Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong! I just tried making this an followed the instructions. The powered sugar an marshmallow mixture clumped up an didn’t form in to anything but I mess! Help!!

        • says

          I’m not sure what happened, Beth. I haven’t had that problem before, and I’m not sure if you did anything differently. Did you follow everything to a “T”? Because it seems to have worked for me, and others. Hmm…

          • Beth says

            I didn’t use the dream whip. But everything else I used an followed by instructions. I’m going to try it again this afternoon an see if I can do it right!

  33. Donna says

    One of the posters said she had to add an extra 3-4 cups of sugar to get it to be the right consistency. No one else said that. What do you think could cause a discrepancy like that? I want to try it and wonder about what it should look like when I begin kneading it. I made a marshmallow fondant and it was still very dry with a lot of the powered sugar not yet incorporated when I removed it from the mixing bowl…then I kneaded it until smooth. Is that what this one is like as well?

    • says

      It is sort of like that, Donna. You want it to be pliable, but not too dry, or it will crack. It is very similar to the marshmallow fondant recipe. But, if it gets too dry, then just add a tiny amount of water. Too wet – more confectioners’ (icing) sugar.

  34. Caitlin says

    I am making graduation cupcakes for my sister and I was going over the instructions and I was wondering when you add the vanilla extract. Is that during step two?

  35. Juanita says

    Hey, I want to make this recipe for my son’s first birthday that’s coming up in August.
    But I was wondering how much all these ingredients would cost. Would you be able
    to give me an estimate? I will need to buy everything but the butter, water (obviously),
    and salt. So how much would everything cost ? If I buy it at their cheapest price.
    Thanks so much!

  36. Erika says

    I used this recipe for the first time for some Sesame Street character cupcakes & an Elmo cake.. it worked very well.. it does help to put crisco on your rolling surface & your rolling pin to get it nice and thin.. also warm the piece of fondant you’ll be rolling in the microwave for just a few seconds.. (more than 8 seconds and you’ll have burns on your fingers 8) ) I was able to cover 24 cupcakes & an 8 inch cake with decorations with this recipe… tastes good too – just dont eat too much while you’re making it or you’ll have a woozie stomach in the morning!

  37. Mary says

    If I don’t have an opportunity to find butter extract, could I substitute butter for part of the shortening to get the buttery flavor?

  38. Lahunha says

    Hi I am wondering if this came out sticky for you? I am going to use this on my daughter’s second birthday cake. I plan ti do a trial cake before I make hers but still concerned about stickiness. Does kneading it longer take away the stickiness

    • says

      Mine didn’t come out sticky, but I think things like humidity could play a part in that. It is very forgiving though – if it is too sticky, add a little bit more confectioners’ (powdered) sugar. If it’s too hard, a few drops of water, or a few seconds in the microwave will make it workable again.

  39. Katherine says

    This is awesome! Was easy to make, easy to work with and tasted great (nothing like fondant)! It enabled me to custom make my daughter’s Harry Potter birthday cake with the entire Hogwart’s crest across the top. Very cool! Will use again!

  40. Jill hopkinson says

    Hi there, I’vw never used fondant before but I know most of the recipes say to use a thin buttercream frosting on the cake before you put the fondant on. Is that what you do as well? Thanks for your help.

  41. Lahunha says

    Hi I am wondering if I need to put the fondant in the refrigerator if not using it for a couple of days or can it just sit out?

  42. Sara says

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I made a 2 tier mickey mouse cake for my son’s 1st birthday this weekend and it got rave reviews from everyone! I did not have dream whip but I had no problem putting it on the cake and making all the little decorations. It really did taste delicious and I was so happy I was able to make such a professional looking cake my very first time even making a cake! Great recipe!

  43. Xiomara says

    Haven’t tried this recipe yet but looks promising! Once the cake is covered with the fondant, can it be refrigerated? What do you recommend?

  44. Mimi says

    I made this fondant for my son bday to cover cake for the first time and it turn out amazing! Taste very tasty too! Thank you so much :)

  45. Lisa says

    This was my first attempt at fondant. This recipe came out great. It was easier to make than I thought it would be and tastes far better than store bought! I substituted almond extract since I did not have butter extract on hand, it still was very good. Thank you Jeanine!

  46. Marty says


    Will this work well for making figures? Such as a snowman? I want to roll this stuff into 3 little balls and stack them. Would you suggest any edible glue between sections, or maybe a brush of water?


  47. EpicurianMB says

    Hi Jeannie-

    I love your recipe. I must say that it is the best! I’ve made this several times and everyone loves the taste. I used a 10 oz. bag of marshmallow, so the consistency was really sticky. Next time, I will use 16 oz. as you prescribed. But, for future reference whenever the consistency is sticky, should I just add more confectioners sugar? Also, I have some that I recently made,should I just add more sugar once I get ready to use?

  48. Jenny R. says

    I made this fondant to cover my nephew’s birthday cake. It was my first time making and using fondant and it turned out great. I actually made it on the stove top instead of in the microwave since I didn’t have a bowl big enough. Everyone loved the taste of this fondant. I will definitely be making this again.

    • says

      I’ve never tried it, but I think that should work, Holly. It’ll just be difficult to tell how much colour you’ll need, because it will lighten once you add the powdered sugar.

  49. Karen C says

    Since I just stumbled onto this recipe & the recipe has been posted several yrs ago, can you tell me if you’ve had it refrigerated yet? Did the fondant cracked?

  50. Elizabeth Manning says

    My microwave is currently out of commission until I buy a new one will I be able to use the stove or oven to melt the marshmallows.


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