ASo, I'm just getting into the whole Fondant thing. I took all 3 courses of the Wilton Cake classes and love decorating. Now, I'm intrigued to try the Fondant Figures I see being done. I want to try and see if I can grab that talent.
My question - these are mainly just 'decoration' for a cake right? No one really eats them? What happens after that - are they savable? Or just have to get thrown away after some time?
AThe figurines and sculpted elements I make are often saved by my clients for mementos. I rarely use straight fondant though, gum paste is sturdier and dries quicker.
I think it might also depend on who the cake is for. When I have made figurines for a children's cake, each and every one of them had their heads bitten off, and their hands and feet too, for that matter :) So, I do believe it's important to make the supports edible, if possible. If not, then make sure the clients are aware of any lurking toothpicks, etc.
On the other hand, I have also had people save decorations from the cake as a memento. After you wipe them off and dry them, they can last a looooong time if kept away from moisture and direct sunlight.
Like AZCouture, I also use gumpaste or sometimes a fondant/gumpaste mixture, depending on what I'm making.
I too have made quite a few fondant figures, the last one being on the weekend of a man sitting on a football in his football kit with a fishing rod. This one was not for a children's party but I always tell the customer of any non edible things I use (sticks and such) just in case. Mostly people want to keep them.
For the one recently made I used LMF with a bit of tylose mixed in. I found it more plyable and not so ready to crack.
Once you add tylose, gumpaste etc to make your figures sturdier they take on a bitter taste and are not very pleasant to eat. I did a cake with party bears on it and nearly everyone had its head bitten off and then put back by the little kids. They do keep well as decorations, though. My sister kept the mice, toadstools and flowers that I put on her wedding cake for about 15 years before she decided that they really were too dusty and needed chucking.
AI'm sorry - what is LMF?
ALittle man fing?
Lovely macaron filling?
List manly faults?
ALingering moldy flatulence.