So, I've been brainstorming about how to flavor MMF. I was thinking about what kind of cake to make for my son's third birthday (which isn't until January, but I just love birthdays so I'm already planning it!) Anywho, I want to use MMF so I can paint it.
I had this idea, but I'm not sure if it would work. I've seen a recipe where you use Jello to flavor the fondant. So, I thought of Kool-Aid. Then I thought, no. It would be gritty. But then I had another idea. When you microwave the marshmallows for MMF, you have to add a small amount of water, right? Well, what if you dissolved the Kool-Aid in water, then used that in place of the regular water? It wouldn't matter if the Kool-Aid taste was really strong because once you mix in all the powdered sugar it would be just right. Would that work?
If it would, it would be pretty cool because they make Kool-Aid that is clear. So, the fondant would still be white and it would have an awesome taste that kids would surly love!
I've tried it with Koolaid before and it wasn't too great. It was grape Koolaid and it had a bitter, sour taste...so maybe I just needed to use less.
What I usually flavor fondant with is Lorann oils. If you go to a cake decorating supply shop they usually have tons of flavors to pick from. You can also find a limited selection at Hobby Lobby and sometimes even at Walmart.
I'll have to check out the flavorings. Sadly, I have to drive for 2 hours to get to a Hobby Lobby or Michael's or any specialty store like that.
When you tried the Kool-Aid, was the fondant gritty? Was it smooth? I think I might play around with it. A pack of Kool-Aid is what? 20 cents? And the marshmallows and sugar aren't pricy either. I need to practice with fondant, anyway
It was smooth. I even made flowers from it, which would be tricky to do if it weren't smooth enough
Ok, I'm convinced. I'm totally going to try it! Thank you! You're officially one of my best friends now! Hah!
Okay Christy from Alabama - you have been tasked to mix MMF with Kool-aid and let us know how you did it? What it tastes like and of course... my question... would the Kool-aid "color" the MMF? NOW that would be Awesome... to already have a base color when it comes out of the microwave !!!!
I have 4 boys, and anything that would add to making the MMF more kid friendly, I am all for -
Keep me posted.. I'm watching this one !
For my daughters cake, it is the one with the tiara on it in my pics, I did it strawberry, lemon and grape. The lemon was a big hit as it was so sour. The pink and purple went good with the cake. It was not bitter or gritty HOWEVER, the fruity taste did not go with the cake. I did a WASC and chocolate. It just did not flow taste wise. The kids ate the cake, then the fondant they pulled off and ate separatly. I loved to make it for flowers as they smelled delish.
Would you drink koolaid while eating cake? If so then you may like the taste. I would not; I don't think it goes well together.
I expect some flavors would go with some cake flavors. The fruity flavor would go well with lemon cake, I would think. I'm going to town today, so I'm going to pick up some Kool-Aid and give it a try!
Ok, so I gave project Kool Aid MMF a try today! I first tried lemon lime. I didn't use the entire packet, which I regretted. It did have nice mint green color, though! The taste was a bit dull, though. Needed the whole thing.
The orange was much better! I used the entire packet and it was delicious. And a nice orange color!
I also tried out a clear Watermelon Kiwi. Again, used the whole packet and it was great!
My final thoughts on the experiment: I definitely plan on making this for a cake! I personally think it would be great on a fruity flavored cake. Or maybe even a basic white cake. It tastes like candy, so kids and the young-at-heart (such as myself) would love it.
I am wondering which MMF recipe you used and at what point you added the Kool Aid. Thanks!
I used a really basic one. A bag of marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave until melted. Mix with 2 pounds powdered sugar.
I dissolved the Kool Aid in the water before I added it to the marshmallows. I took pictures of my results. I'll show them tomorrow!
I've been thinking, ladies and gents. I liked the Kool Aid MMF so much, that I'm going to play around with other ways of flavoring fondant
I will report back whenever I have succuess!
How much water did you use to dissolve the Kool-Aid?
I've done this before... I use the sugar free so that it has the full flavor coming through. And, yes, you have to be very careful about what flavors mix with the cake you have baked. Do not try this with Jell-o... the gelatin is too much ratio for the MMF which already has gelatin in the marshmallows. It causes the MMF to seize up. Also, as mentioned by TexasRose, Lorainne oils are great... every flavor imaginable --and cheap. Only one drop flavors a whole batch of fondant.
You can add flavor to your MMF before adding the sugar. After the Marshmallows melts in the microwave and before you add the powder sugar (10x) you add the color you want the MMF and the flavor. You can use extract flavors or liquors. Then you start adding the sugar until you get the consistency of the fondant.
This is a little different, and you are restricted by the flavors available, but last Feb., I made MMF for a Valentine's cake (in my pics) and I used the pink marshmallows which are strawberry flavored. The fondant turned out SO GOOD!! My biggest challenge was keeping my kids away from it!
Anyway, Target discounted them after V-day, so I stocked up
I sub 1 tbsp of water for vanilla all the time.... works great for me.....
i have tried all of the extract flavors. my favorite is orange, lemon, and almond.
I usually use extract flavors or oils, but my 6 year old daughter saw the kool-aid idea and wants me to try it for her birthday. For me making cakes is all about having fun and trying new techniques. So I said that we would try it, since she will be helping me and I want her to have some say too.
Kool Aid has a strawberry lemonade flavor that sounds awesome. I bet it would be good on a lemon cake!
Where can I get the Lorainne oils?
Juts reading t his thread and was wondering if the flavorings you are all talking about cuts down on the insane/overly sweetness of just plain MMF? I tried MMF a while back and put it on sugar cookies. It worked well and I love sugar, but found it to be WAY TOO sweet. Thoughts?
meredith, with me personally, even with using the extracts the MMF is really sweet. But using the Kool-Aid gives it a nice candy like taste. I made sugar cookies yesterday and used MMF that I made out of lemon and berry blue flavored Kool-Aid. Using the little packets that have no sugar in it gives the MMF a great taste. You just have to be careful what you pair the flavors with because of the taste of them together.
Another idea will be if we can all send an e-mail to the kraft company were they make the marshmallows in diffrent flavors. like lemon,strawberry,lime,pineapple,orange,chocolate,mocha etc