K I made my first fondant animals this weekend for my first customer cake. Problem I had was that ever time I made my dogs before the mmf would dry it would start to flatten and widen out. I had to make them five times and still didn't get them to stay right. Anyone know what I was doing wrong? They would fltten out in less than 10mins so not sure what was wrong with my fondant. Any help is greatly appreciated cause I have more animals to do for a cake this weekend. Thanks in advance. will post pics of cake for reference even though they look bad..lol. not to mention my fondant cracked when covering cake.
I have laid my fondant work in a bed of flour to keep them rounded. You can also use cornstarch. If you're concerned about it getting on the fondant, you can put the flour in a baggie first. Otherwise, just put it on a cookie sheet and put your fondant work on it.
I used to have this problem too! Knead more powdered sugar into your fondant to make it a bit stiffer, or use half gumpaste.
The easiest way to make fondant figures keep their shape is to use gumpaste instead. You still need to prop it while it dries, and adding a toothpick or dry spaghetti noodle for support doesn't hurt at all. It dries faster and holds its shape a lot better while drying.
Fondant cracking on the cake is a different issue though. What kind were you using and what did you use to roll it out (crisco, cornstarch, etc)?
I was using wilton fondant on the cake and used crisco to roll it out. The dogs and paws I used MMF.
When making figures I use half gumpaste and half fondant. This is so it gives me time to mold but dries quickly after.
adding tylose will stop that too