I make my own MMF and have never had any trouble. I just made some today and it is dry and cracking and just not staying together! I can't even roll it out to cut dots out of because as soon as I roll over it once with my rolling pen it cracks and rips and looks like elephant skin. I have tried adding Crisco but no matter how much I add, it isn't helping!!! I have a cake due tomorrow morning and can't do anything until I get this fondant going!
Even though you've said you added Crisco it sounds like you still need to add more.
Sounds like you added too much PS
If you live close to a cake shop, I'd say just bite the bullet and go buy some Satin Ice. Too much to worry about in too little time.
I know its too late, but, I'd add some water. sometimes I add a little water and it works- other times I have to add crisco- but you have to be careful, if you add too much it will end up cracky and such because its got too much crisco.
I've had it happen before,
You can always pop it in the microwave for a very few seconds. Might make it pliable enough to knead in the crisco that you want in a more effective manner. Good luck!
With marshmallow fondant you have to watch. I have found that some recipes call for the 10 ounce bag of marshmallows and some call for the 16 ounces. If you add to many marshmallows the fondant is too soft and you have to add PS, if you add to few the fondant becomes to dry and you have to add a little more water to the mixture. But I also agree with emiyeric, if you put it in the microwave for just a few seconds it will help make it more pliable. Sorry I didn't see this sooner.
Thanks for the help! I added some more Crisco and got it to where it would work but now that it is on the cake some of it looks like it is sweating. I used the same recipe I always use so I'm not sure what the problem was. It calls for 16 oz of marshmallows, 2 lb PS, and 2-5 bsp water. Could it be the weather? It is VERY hot, humid, and rainy here right now.
It's just not my day for cakes I guess! I finished it and made a gumpaste bow for the front. The "loop" on the right side keeps falling off! Ii made some gum glue but for some reason it isn't holding that one loop! Any suggestions for getting the one side to saty on? The cake is buttercream with fondant decor. If I make some royal icing can I use that to "glue" it on?UGH!
I think your cake looks awesome! Sorry you had so much trouble w/ it. I am new to the fondant world...can you tell me how you made the bow? It is so cute and I have to make a similar one soon. I have been practicing but mine looks terrible!
Thanks! I guess I was just having a bad week! I've never had that much trouble before! This was my 1st bow ever! I was excited that it turned out so good! I actually used gum paste for the bow. I tried fondant but it doesn't firm up fast enough. I used a tutorial I found on this site to guide me. Good Luck and have fun!
And I ended up using candy melts to "glue" the bow on. Worked like a charm!