I love the idea of using fondant as decorative icing on cupcakes…however let’s be honest – have you ever truly tasted that stuff!? Icing is to be creamy, delicious, and fattening…not hard and tasteless. With that said, I have been on a Pinterest hunt to find something compatible to replace the tasteless alternative. On my search I came across two different recipes. One was for marshmallow fondant, Danielle used that for Reg’s birthday cake. Don’t get me wrong – that was delicious. But then again, that could be the small human being growing inside me speaking. Knowing that I had that option in my back pocket, I continued with my search. A few weeks ago I happened to stumble upon what turned out to be a delicious recipe. And the one that I decided to go with. So…let’s begin.
First, you will need to gather your ingredients. These items include butter (at room temperature), heavy cream, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar, and food coloring GEL.
If you are forgetful (or impatient) like me, my mom instilled in us a nifty little trick to soften the butter years ago. Place the stick of butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on 30% power level. If you would need a bit longer, you can go in 15-20 second increments at the same power level of 30. Be sure to check on it after each time. Butter melts from the inside out and it can quickly go from softened to a big puddle in your microwave. For those of you with patience or not in a time crunch, just allow the butter to soften on the counter for a bit. Once the butter is softened, whip with your blender. The Kitchen Aid is my best friend…the paddle attachment runs a close second. I whipped the butter for just a few seconds.
After the butter is whipped, add your heavy cream, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar. Continue to blend, but be sure to start with a lower speed and increase it as your sugar is absorbed by the butter/cream/vanilla mixture.
This mixture will become a clump-like mixture. Here, I removed from the mixing bowl and finished with a rubber spatula and hand. It reminded me of pizza dough. Much easier to work with at this point by hand. I dusted my hands with powdered sugar and went to work. It did not take too long before I had a beautiful ball of buttercream fondant.
Continuing to work on the confectioner’s sugar dusted surface, you will want to flatten this out a bit. Here is where you will apply your food coloring gel. I had Wilton Red on hand from a previous project and it does not take much, at all! (Especially since I need a pinkish color for the gender reveal party.) A few globs of the gel and I was good to go. After kneading the color throughout the icing, I was left with a lovely shade of pink (though it looks orange against the blue counter and in my awful lighting).
Using a dusted counter of confectioner’s sugar or a piece of parchment paper and rolling pin, roll out your icing. Once you have your desired thickness, begin to create your cut outs. I have searched local stores and Hobby Lobby and was unable to locate a mustache or bow cookie cutter. I made a valiant effort at free handing it…after seeing the result, though better than I thought, I have opted to go with a paper template that I’ll cut around. This awesome icing is VERY easy to cut/manage. And have I mentioned that it is delicious!?! So much better than fondant. Cut out your items, place them in a container to be stored in the refrigerator for future use or directly on the item they will be accompanying. I made the cupcakes Friday evening for the reveal party on Saturday. The buttercream fondant cupcake toppers were strategically placed on the cupcakes Saturday morning just before party time.
Try your hand at it! If you are not as thrilled with the result as I am…you can always return to the tasteless staple – fondant. 🙂
This delicious recipe came from here. They create pretty cute items with this awesomeness.
Buttercream Fondant Icing
½ cup of unsalted butter (though I used salted because that is all I had on hand)
1 tablespoon of heavy cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla (truth be told, I did not measure)
3-4 cups of confectioner’s sugar (I most definitely used 4+ by the time I was finished dusting)
Food coloring GEL – this will vary depending on the shade you are going for.
Have fun creating!!