So I've got my wedding coming up here in January. The big DIY project I'm doing is my wedding cake. I've done fussy pastries before, but OMG!!! Fondant...
All I want is a white cake, with royal blue ribbon trim and few snowflakes stuck to it. Maybe a winter Reindeer or two.. I know well enough to get some practice in before the big event. But fondant...Let me tell you about fondant....
So, here's what happened to me. I grab my nice home made fondant. Nothing fancy, just confectioners sugar, glycerin, corn syrup and almond extract (strawberry next time?) I used the recipe from Foodnetwork.com as it looked like any other candy recipe I could find.
Other than waiting to work my color into the finished fondant. The finished product was easy enough to produce and was exactly like the wilton's stuff you get in the shop. (My sister spends a fortune on this stuff if only she knew how easy it was to make)
First mistake. I left the cake in a cake plate for a couple of days because I got busy. It was covered in wilton's recipe of buttercream. This is probably why my fondant didn't adhere. (I'm all meh on this, it was only practice of course)
Second mistake: The darned thing started to get dry and crack, then it started to get wrinkly. Like..as I've heard it called before. Elephant skin.
Any suggestions on how to fix rapidly drying fondant? Or prevent this from happening? How can I make it softer to roll out? How can I re-hydrant aforementioned fondant?
I refuse to use MMF. Firstly because my wedding will be partially Jewish. And finding kosher marshmallows is a royal nightmare in my area. Also some of my family doesn't think it's possible to have kosher marshmallows. Secondly: I don't like the way it tastes, I don't like the way my sister curses when she uses it. And it's certainly not any easier to make than the recipe I've been using.
Thanks for any help in advance.
(And this is totally off topic, but can anyone suggest a set of pans suitable for 100 servings and wedding cake decorating? The ones I have are too narrow for any sort of respectable decoration.)