I've been coming to this site for a lot of help, but I finally signed up today. I figured I may as well, since I am on the site all the time! lol
So, I took on the crazy task of making 4... yes 4 cakes for this weekend. I'm still new to cake making and they are all very simple cakes, but 4. haha This only proves how crazy I am. :)
My problem is this, I use marshmallow fondant, only because that's what I learned how to use first. That and Tylose powder is found nowhere near me. I'm planning on ordering some, but it won't be here in time for these. I found out the hard way, that making decorations is almost impossible with MMF. So after some reading, I found that I can use gumpaste. Being that I never made it before, I figured I would start making my pieces today, to give them time to dry by Friday and Saturday.
I made the gumpaste last night, by using Wilton Gum-tex and followed the directions on the back. I didn't have glucose, but read that you can use corn syrup in place of it. I sealed it tight in a ziploc bag, no air in there and sat it on the counter. Everything was great until..... I woke up this morning and sat down to start sculpting. My gumpaste was a brick. I could pull off pieces, but it would just break. I read you could microwave it 5 seconds at a time, until soft. I did a total of 10 and it was almost there. After 5 more seconds, it crumbled. O_o Now I am left with a crumbled mess.
Where did I go wrong? Can I revive it? Or should I just mix MMF with gum-tex and use that? I have now wasted a day.... tomorrow I will baking 11 cakes, so I won't have much time to sculpt tomorrow. But, if I have to make gumpaste again, I guess I have no other choice.