I'm looking to make a teddy bear figure for a birthday cake topper.
Should I use ready made gumpaste (ie the one made by Wilton) or add Tylose to my MMF?
FTR, I don't think the bear will be eaten...it's primarily for decorative purposes.
I don't have expereince with homemade fondant so I don't know. But here is my input--I prefer a mixture of fondant and gumpaste.
I use tylose with my mmf, the harder and faster I need it too dry the more tylose I add. I like tylose because I only have to make what I need, so I don't have any un-used and dried out gumpaste laying around.
I too add the tylose to my MMF. However, use bits at a time, keeping the rest in a sealed freezer bag.
If you find if hardening too fast add some fondant to it.
Thanks everyone! For cost purposes, I just decided to buy a small pack of gumpaste, and add fondant to it if it gets too dry while I'm molding it. The cake decorating shop over here only sold a large container of tylose for $11, and I didn't want to spend all of that if I'm just going to use a small amount.
It's a matter of preference and cost. If I have the extra money and I push for time I buy it already made. If I have tylose already I just add to my fondant.