OK, so I've never made MMF before, embarrassed to say that I've always used store bought rolled fondant. To save some money I've been thinking I'll try and make the MMF myself. It seems from reading the recipes even highly rated ones that it doesn't harden? Is that true, or am I not understanding. Does it stiffen enough to make bows? Or do I need to add Gum-tex, if so, is there a ratio of Gum-tex to fondant to use? Is it sticky just on the cake? Or does get hard like rolled fondant? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks in advance.
For sculpting I would use a the gum/fon mixture. But yeah it does harden. If it's not kept airtight it will harden up. =]
The MMF will harden but it takes several days. I used for my light pink cake with zebra ribbon and I think I made the bow like 2-3 days beforehand. I just put some rolled up paper towels in the loops to keep them in the right shape. They were stiff enough to hold their shape but still pretty flexible.
For the loop bow on my pink and yellow cake I added some Gum-tex to the MMF and made the loops for the bow about 5 days beforehand. I think I added maybe a teaspoon to about 1/4 batch of the MMF. I couldn't find anything that said how much to add so I just guessed. It defintely hardened a lot faster with the Gum-text. I made the mistake of leaving my loops to dry under a clear cake stand lid though and they got really faded by the light, so make sure to put them in a dark place.
Hope this helps!
I use MMF for everything and it definitely hardens. I never use tylose or any other type if hardening agent and have had no problems with it. You need to keep it stored in zip lock bags and it freezes too.
I myself am a newbie... I am actually taking the wilton course now.. Ive worked with both mmf and store bought...I find mmf not to be the same consistancy as the store bought.. But yeah it does get hard and if ur making it and its sticky it means it needs more sugar.. If u leave it out it will get hard just like any fondant.. If ur going to make bow or figuers u should add gum paste only cuz it helps dry faster...
Thank you all