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Black Fondant Recipe

When making LMF marshmallow fondant, sometimes you need to make darker colors, like black, and that requires a variation to how you would go about actually making the fondant. If you were to make white fondant and then add food color, you'll end up with this thick, gooey, yucky fondant that's actually very hard to use. 

Okay, so let's get right into making black fondant!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword black fondant
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 lbs
Calories 1469kcal



  • 2 lbs sifted powdered sugar you may not use all of the powdered sugar depending on your area, that's totally okay
  • 1 lb mini marshmallows Hy-Top, Walmart brand or Haribo Brand if you can find it
  • 1 tbsp water use only 1/2 tbsp if it is very humid in your area
  • 1 tbsp black food color gel Americolor is what I use but Wilton or any other brand is okay too
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening also called white vegetable fat or trex
  • 1.25 lbs Wilton Fondant



  • Sift powdered sugar and set aside in a large bowl.
    Sift powdered sugar and set aside in another bowl
  • Place vegetable shortening in a stand mixer bowl.
    fondant recipe
  • Heat marshmallows for 40 seconds in the microwave on high. Stir the marshmallows with a spoon to break them up a little bit.
    heat marshmallows in microwave 40 seconds for marshmallow fondant recipe
  • Heat marshmallows again for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir again with a spoon.
    melt marshmallows again and mix with a spoon
  • Heat marshmallows for 30 seconds again. Stir with a spoon and marshmallows should be completely broken down and like liquid. 
    Pour water into bowl to separate marshmallows from bowl and pour the marshmallows into the stand mixer bowl with the vegetable shortening.
    melt marshmallows for the last time and use water to separate the marshmallows from the bowl
  • Turn stand mixer on lowest setting (setting 1 on Kitchenaid mixers). 
    Add in food color gel.
    set mixer on lowest setting add in half sifted powdered sugar
  • Add in half of your sifted powdered sugar, a measuring cup at a time, and let mix for 2 minutes.
    set mixer on lowest setting add in half sifted powdered sugar
  • Put some vegetable shortening on your finger tips and pull the fondant off the dough hook.
    pull fondant off hook by putting shortening on your fingers
  • Put the fondant into your bowl you have the remaining powdered sugar in.
    Put mixture into bowl with powdered sugar
  • Warm Wilton fondant in the microwave for 40 seconds and add to the bowl with the powdered sugar and fondant mixture.
    add fondant into bowl with powdered sugar bowl
  • Knead with your hands until mostly incorporated. You might not use all of the fondant at this point and that's totally okay.
    Knead fondant together until everything in incorporated
  • Pull fondant like taffy until it is stretchy and smooth.
    pull the fondant until stretchy like taffy
  • 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.




You can make this by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. All you need is your muscles!
You can melt the marshmallows over a double-boiler if you don’t have a microwave.
I prefer black Americolor gel for my food color.
You can half this recipe if you only need a little black.
Store in a ziplock bag at room temp for months. Head and re-knead well before each use.
You might not use all the powdered sugar in the final kneading depending on the humidity in your area and that is okay.


Calories: 1469kcal | Carbohydrates: 318g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 96mg | Sugar: 287g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg