I am making tulips for a wedding cake - even though the directions say to use gum paste, can't I get the same results from fondant? I've already mixed the fondant and colored it.
Also - how do you store your fondant? Even after microwaving to soften it, it has a crust and/or hard edges that are hard to get rid of! Help!! What am I doing wrong?
Mix some gumpaste in your fondant - 50/50 - and it should dry OK.
Dry fondant - I make my fondant (Michele Foster's recipe) and when I store it I coat the plastic wrap with a little vegetable oil, triple wrap it and place in a ziploc bag and push all the air out before I seal it.
Make sure you seal any fondant you are not immediately working. It drys out really fast.
You are leaving your fondant on open air for too long a period. That causes it to dry too fast. You need to cover it well at all times.
As for making flowers I do prefer full strenght gumpaste. But you can
use fondant with some added Tylose. You can use fondant/gumpaste too.
But once you start working with full gumpaste you wont go back..