I'm planning to lay an 8-in round of fondant over a mirror that has a raised design of a mermaid around it. I don't have alot of time with the mirror (it's for a surprise birthday cake). I need to know if I should add something to the fondant to make it harden quicker and keep it's shape (e.g., tylose), or use another method. I cannot make a mold of the mirror. any help or suggestions I would really appreciate it.
first i would make a 'mold' of aluminum foil and fill it in so the foil can be turned upside down and lay flat and retain the general shape of the mermaid
so the mermaid has a nice resting place so it hopefully will hold shape and the details good
this is all sight unsen of course by me
but yes--tylose or cornstarch so that it dries quick and crisp
i mean i made a traditional nurse's cap once with the brim that just kinda sticks out there
i added a boatload of cornstarch and kneaded the foo out of it
the guests were coming in the door as i was setting it on the cake it had no time to set up but it did not budge
so i hope you can get it crisp enough to not loose much shape hence the foil
thanks so much.