Red marshmallow fondant recipe cake tutorial

Red Fondant Recipe

Red fondant can be a tricky color to get right without having it accidentally turn into pink, orange, sorta red fondant. This recipe will get you true, sexy, deep red fondant.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword red fondant
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 lbs
Calories 5877 kcal



  • 2 lbs sifted powdered sugar you may not use all the powdered sugar depending on your area, that is okay
  • 1 lb mini-marshmallows Hy-Top, Walmart, or Haribo brand
  • 1 tbsp water use only 1 tbsp if it is very humid in your area
  • 1 tbsp red Americolor food color gel
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening white vegetable fat, trex
  • 1.25 lbs Wilton fondant Satin ice fondant also works
US Customary - Metric



  1. Sift the powdered sugar and set aside in a large bowl.

  2. Place vegetable shortening in a stand mixer bowl.

  3. Heat marshmallows for 40 seconds in the microwave on high (or on stove top). Stir with spoon. 

  4. Place marshmallows back into microwave and heat for another 30 seconds (or on stove top). Stir with spoon. 

  5. Heat marshmallows (last time!) for 30 seconds in the microwave (or on stove top).

    Marshmallows should be ooey-gooey at this point and ready to be added to the mixer bowl.

  6. Turn stand mixer on lowest setting (setting 1 on Kitchenaid stand mixers).

    Add in half of your sifted powdered sugar, a measuring cup at a time, and let mix for 2 minutes.

  7. Take the soft mixture out of the bowl and put it into the large bowl with the rest of the powdered sugar.

  8. Warm the Wilton fondant in the microwave for 40 seconds and add to the large bowl with the powdered sugar and marshmallow mix.

  9. Knead until powdered sugar, marshmallows and Wilton fondant is mostly incorporated. You may not use all of the powdered sugar depending on your climate and that is completely fine.

  10. Pull fondant like taffy until it is stretchy and smooth.

  11. Store in a zip-lock bag at room temperature. Fondant will keep for months in a zip-lock bag. To use again, reheat and knead well until stretchy before each use. You can add color as desired but for dark colors, you should add them during the mixing process or you could get a sticky mess.

Nutrition Facts
Red Fondant Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5877 Calories from Fat 927
% Daily Value*
Fat 103g158%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Sodium 385mg16%
Carbohydrates 1273g424%
Sugar 1148g1276%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.