Greetings Chipkids and Baking Enthusiasts! Now, every once and a while I get antsy for something new in the kitchen. Every once and a while, I like to challenge myself. Every once and a while… my kitchen explodes:
“What happened, Mama? What did you do to your kitchen!” Well, my dears, let me tell you a little story about…
8 oz of Mini Marshmallows
2 Tbsp of water
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 lb of powdered sugar (about 4 Cups)
Box of cake mix
Capacity to tolerate messiness
I wanted to make picture perfect mushroom caps so I decided to finally dive in and try that one thing that has always intimidated me in the kitchen: fondant. It was an…. interesting experience. It was also successful!
To make the fondant:
Start by putting your marshmallows
in a large bowl and then microwaving them for 30 – 60 seconds. This puffs them up and gets them melty.
Stir the marshmallows until they are smooth and then slowly add your water and vanilla, they will change consistency quite a bit! MAGIC!
Gradually beat in 3/4 of your powdered sugar. It was all well and good for me up until this step. Toward the end of your additions, the mixture will get VERY stiff. I think I ruined the alignment on my electric mixer.
[Picture removed out of respect for the Mixer that left us too soon.]
This is where it gets sticky. Use the butter to coat your hands. COAT YOUR HANDS. You will need it!
Cover the surface of your dough with a bit of your reserved powdered sugar. Use your buttery hand to scoop up the sticky mess in your bowl and fold it over the powdered sugar. Press down to mix it in. Repeat this process until your dough is mold-able and much less sticky. DON’T BE AFRAID TO RE-BUTTER YOUR HAND AT THIS STAGE.
Cover a flat kitchen surface with a generous amount of powdered sugar and turn your not-quite-fondant out onto it.
Sprinkle the surface of the fondant with powdered sugar and continue to kneed it for 5 – 10 minutes, using more powdered sugar as needed to keep it from sticking to your hands or the surface. It will become smooth and soft. When it is no longer sticky, you’re done!
Wrap it in cling wrap and let it set in the fridge over night.
Day 2 starts simply.
Take your fondant out of the fridge so that it can come to room temperature.
While the fondant is warming up, prepare your boxed cake mix as cupcakes according to the package directions. Most common cake mix requires 2 or 3 eggs, and some oil and water.
Line your cupcake pan with papers and fill up with the cupcake batter.
Bake according to the package.
When the cupcakes are cool, place a large dollop of frosting on top. This will support your fondant mushroom cap!
Sprinkle more powdered sugar on a flat kitchen surface. Kneed your fondant until it is soft and pliable. Then, using a rolling pin, roll out your fondant until it is about 3/8 of an inch thick.
Using a small plate (I actually used the lid to my frosting!), trace circles into the fondant to place over your cupcake.
Smooth and shape the fondant into a mushroom cap shape as you place it on top of the cupcake. Trim any excess with kitchen scissors.
When all of your cupcakes are covered. Melt some butter in a shallow dish (about a Tbsp) and add your food coloring. Create any kid of mushroom you’d like! I went with One Ups, so I chose green.
Using a small paintbrush, you can color on your mushroom spots using your butter-paint!
Allow your paint to dry and you have your Mario Mushrooms! If you’re feeling extra industrious, you can color and tape mushroom faces to your cupcake papers.
And that concludes my crazy experiment! Delicious!
Happy eating, all! And remember: Chip Mama loves ya! <3