What Am I Doing Wrong? Mmf Always Crumbles

Decorating By WillowsCry Updated 13 Sep 2011 , 1:59am by WillowsCry

WillowsCry Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 12:21am
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I have used two different recipes and both times the fondant always crumbles. icon_cry.gif I knead, I add shortening till everything including the neighbors dog is covered in shortening (jk) icon_wink.gif I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Suggestions please! icon_confused.gif

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dsilvest Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 12:41am
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Are you adding all of the PS when you make it? Reserve 1 - 1 1/2 cups until the fondant has had a resting period. If it is a little bit sticky after resting knead in a bit of shortening. If it is really sticky add some of the PS a bit at a time until it feels right.

Tinacakes Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 12:44am
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sounds like its too dry, do not ad all the powdered sugar at once, i add it little by little and use the last cup when i knead it.

WillowsCry Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 12:56am
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It's not at all sticky, it's very greasy. I didn't add all the p.sugar at once on this last batch. Should I just keep adding shortening?? Very frustrated and cunfuzzled icon_sad.gif(

ghana Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:00am
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I had the same problem and almost gave up on MM fondant but its soo much cheaper and tastes much better so I decided not to give up. I know the recipe says to use 8 cps of IC but I dont need nearly as much. I use much less and add it to the fondant in sprinkles. Also, using too much shortening can alter the stretchy consistency you need to cover the cake. Use shortening sparingly as well. Also, adding a bit of glucose helps keep it elastic as well. HTH

dsilvest Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:01am
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Try warming a handful in the microwave (maybe 5 - 10 seconds) and knead it together. If this works do the same thing to the rest of the batch.

ghana Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:01am
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I meant IS (icing sugar) not IC

WillowsCry Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:18am
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This recipe called for 9 cups of p. sugar. I used only about 7 cups before it started becoming to dry. I'll try the heating suggestion as well as the glucose. I don't want to give up on MMF for the same reasons you have ghana. Thank you all for the input and suggestions.

sherrycanary62 Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:29am
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here is my way of doing MMF

16 oz marshmallow
2lbs powedered sugar
2 table sppons water
2-3 tsp flavoring extract
1tbls spoon corn syrup

** be sure to check the weight on the marshmallow package...most brands are going to 10.5 ounce instead of 16oz packages.

lightly grease bowl with veg shortening. Place 16oz marshmallow, add water, extract and cornsyrup, mix. Microwave marshmallows for 1 min....stir...microwave for 1 more min at 30 second intervals.

Once marshmallow is melted, this is where I add color if I am using it...much easier when the marshmallow is melted. I add 3-4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time (then stir) to the melted marshmallow, it will look lumpy but that is ok.

I dump the rest of the package onto a flat surface, then pour out the melted marshmallow into the pile of powdered sugar and start kneading until I have the firmness I want, I usually don't use all the ps.

thats it

just be sure to check the weight of the marshmallow package...very important.

sacakesandbakes Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:34am
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I had that problem this weekend after I put too much color, PS, & shortening. I added more melted marshmallow and then I got the right consistancy back.

WillowsCry Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:59am
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Sherry and sacakes...thank you for your suggestions. Failing all else I will give those a try as well. icon_biggrin.gif

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