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MMF...good for making figurines??

post #1 of 22
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I am going to try making Marshmallow fondant for the the first time. However was curious if it works well for making figurines, bows etc. or just suitable for for covering cakes? Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 22
I'm pretty new to the whole figurine and fondant world, but I have made MMF four or five times and it has come out perfectly every time. (beginner's luck??) I have mixed the MMF with either half gum paste or kneaded Tylose into it and then made figures with it. It has never given me a problem at all. The only thing lacking in my figures is lack of creative ability! icon_smile.gif Good luck. Have fun!
post #3 of 22
Marshmallow fondant works for everything in my case...

If you check my pics, you'll see that my figures, purse handles, etc. are all MMF + tylose powder.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by dawnybird

I'm pretty new to the whole figurine and fondant world, but I have made MMF four or five times and it has come out perfectly every time. (beginner's luck??) I have mixed the MMF with either half gum paste or kneaded Tylose into it and then made figures with it. It has never given me a problem at all. The only thing lacking in my figures is lack of creative ability! icon_smile.gif Good luck. Have fun!



Thanks! Does the gum paste or tylose alter the taste? Little kids will more than likely be eating the figures.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by FlourPots

Marshmallow fondant works for everything in my case...

If you check my pics, you'll see that my figures, purse handles, etc. are all MMF + tylose powder.



Amazing cakes! Thanks for you reply. Do you find the tylose powder alters the taste at all? The next cake I am making will be for a 2 yr old and for sure will be eating the figures, lol!
post #6 of 22
I always thought no one would ever eat the figurines, but the last one I made for my gransdon was a dragon with a sword-carrying dragon slayer. My grandson ate the head of the dragon slayer and replaced it with the dragon's head! He thought it was hilarious! He said the head tasted good! Ha!
(I don't have any of my cakes in my gallery because I don't think they're good enough to share yet). My family and friends think they're great, but compared to the ones on this site - I am sooooo still a beginner!!
post #7 of 22
Hi !! I am new in this website. I got into decorating cakes with mmf althought is always very hard to make shapes. my fondant is always either very sticky or kinda of hard. at the end looks great but work with it is always a challenge. Is it suppose to be like that all the time?? or what am I doing wrong? heeelp !!!
post #8 of 22
Thanks CakesbyJen icon_smile.gif

When I make MMF for figures and things, I don't flavor it...
So, when I add tylose powder to the unflavored fondant, it tastes like regular unflavored MMF still, which is to say, like sweet marshmallows...
But, I've honestly never eaten a whole lot of it at once, just small samplings here-and-there, as I'm working with it.

If I was making figures meant to be eaten...first I would definitely flavor it (vanilla, almond, & Creme Bouquet), and I would try to use as little tylose as possible, not because of taste, because of firmness.

OR...I might finally give modeling chocolate a go...
Many decorators use it for figures...it holds its shape and tastes like chocolate...what could be better!
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by FlourPots

Thanks CakesbyJen icon_smile.gif

When I make MMF for figures and things, I don't flavor it...
So, when I add tylose powder to the unflavored fondant, it tastes like regular unflavored MMF still, which is to say, like sweet marshmallows...
But, I've honestly never eaten a whole lot of it at once, just small samplings here-and-there, as I'm working with it.

If I was making figures meant to be eaten...first I would definitely flavor it (vanilla, almond, & Creme Bouquet), and I would try to use as little tylose as possible, not because of taste, because of firmness.

OR...I might finally give modeling chocolate a go...
Many decorators use it for figures...it holds its shape and tastes like chocolate...what could be better!



Thanks alot all your advice helps me out...now to find tylose powder that is made in a peanut/nut free facility.

Oh and how much tylose do you normally add to your mmf?
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by cidi39

Hi !! I am new in this website. I got into decorating cakes with mmf althought is always very hard to make shapes. my fondant is always either very sticky or kinda of hard. at the end looks great but work with it is always a challenge. Is it suppose to be like that all the time?? or what am I doing wrong? heeelp !!!



If your recipe calls for water, eliminate it...add shortening instead, right in with the marshmallows as they're melting, and see if you like the end result.
I don't add any water to mine, all it did was make it a sticky mess.

If your fondant is coming out hard, you may have added too much powdered sugar.
Decrease it...even if it feels soft, it'll firm up naturally as it rests.
I only use 5 cups of p. sugar, never more.

After resting, if it still feels too firm to work with...microwave it.
It'll soften right up.
post #11 of 22
You're very welcome...

Ah...tylose amounts...I've been asked before, and I hate that I can't give a precise answer.

I just don't have a set system for it.
I mostly go by feel.

I prefer to work in small batches though, so I would never add tylose to a pound of fondant, let's say.
I add it as I'm working on something, literally like a head, an arm, a leg LOL!
I ALWAYS microwave my small piece (less than 10 seconds), add the tylose, then model with it...

A microwave is my miracle tool that helps things dry with no cracks...
I purchased a small one (Wal-Mart) and a stand on wheels (Target), just for fondant work so I wouldn't have to keep walking to the kitchen, and I don't even make many cakes, I'm a hobbyist LOL!!
post #12 of 22
Flourpots,
I also microwave my fondant/gum paste mixture a few seconds to soften it and then knead it, but I suggested that to a poster on here once and everyone was jumping on and saying "Don't microwave your paste, it'll ruin it!" It's never ruined it for me. I actually got the idea to do that on this site!
post #13 of 22
LOL...What works for some, may not work for all...you definitely learn that here.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
FlourPots,

Thanks so much for all the advice.
post #15 of 22
Anytime...
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