AI really like the Marshmallow Fondant to cover cakes with but (and this could be my fault too) it seems very soft when it comes to making figurines. Should I use a different fondant when I would like to make figurines ?
I usually use plain old Wilton fondant to make my figures. It's relatively inexpensive (especially with a hobby lobby coupon), dries fast (with or without tylose) and I like the way it models.
I usually make mine using a combination of fondant and gumpaste. I use wilton fondant and make the gumpaste from the wilton gumpaste mix. You could try adding some gumpaste or some tylose to your marshmallow fondant too.
AIs there a way to make Gumpaste without Tylose?
I have never tried this recipe but found it on this site...http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7427/easy-gumpaste-recipe. It does not call for tylose but it does call for gelatin and glucose.
I used to use gum paste exclusively for figures until I came across this recipe. I made the Christmas elf and the cowgirl figures in my cakes and found it lovely to work with. It gives you time to work, yet remains pliable. Unless I'm making flowers which need to be rolled thinly, I think I will stick with this recipe for any figure work.