My good friend wants me to make a cake for her son's first birthday. She wants to do "Guess How Much I Love You." Well, I did this as an example to just work on hand painting figures. It is made of gumpaste. The poor bunny's ears broke off after it dried. I have a few questions. Is there something I can do to avoid this or make it stronger? Should I use fondant instead of gumpaste? Also, should I make these figures ahead of time to let them sit up and get hard? I would like to to put them around the cake itself or would it be best to let them stand up against the cake somehow? It will be a buttercream cake. Anyway, I appreciate the help! :) Thanks!!