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4.25 from 12 votes

Homemade Fondant (From Scratch)

Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 lbs


  • 2 tbsp gelatin preferably Knox
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup glucose
  • 2 tbsp flavoring of your choice
  • 5 tsp glycerin
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar **And more sugar, depending on climate


  • Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl. Be sure to reserve 1 cup pf powdered sugar for later.
  • Mix the gelatin with the warm water and mix well.
  • Add the lemon juice, mix, and let sit for 5 minutes for the gelatin to bloom.
  • Heat the glucose for 30 seconds in a microwavable bowl/glass.
  • Add the flavoring and glycerin to the glucose, and mix well.
  • Once the gelatin has bloomed, heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds. (Do Not Over Heat)
  • Add the gelatin to the glucose and mix well.
  • Take the powdered sugar and make a well in the center. Spread the sugar to the sides and create a hole in the middle, but not exposing the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the glucose/gelatin mixture to the powdered sugar and begin to mix in a folding motion.
  • Continue to mix until almost all of the powdered sugar has been absorbed.
  • On a clean surface, sift the reserved cup of sugar and pour the fondant paste over the surface.
  • Begin to knead as if you were kneading bread dough. Folding the paste from bottom to top.
  • Add more powdered sugar if needed. (Especially if it becomes to sticky)
  • You may use a bench scraper to incorporate the fondant together.
  • Once the fondant is pliable, begin to pull and fold together as if you were pulling taffy.
  • Add a little bit of vegetable shortening to moisten the fondant.
  • Collect the fondant into a ball and place inside a plastic bag.
  • Get as much air out as possible from the inside of the bag to avoid having the fondant dry out.


Tip: This fondant recipe does not hold strong colors such as black, red, dark purple, or navy blue. As an alternative, use DuraColor fondant recipe for stronger colors.