Is Marshmallow Fondant As Strong As Regular Fondant?

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acrissiez Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 2:57am
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AI have used marshmallow fondant before on a superman bear cake. The cake came out good but making the cape was a pain. I didn't put icing on the back of the bear because since I was gonna put a cape over it I didn't want it to have to much on the back and the plus side was that some people don't like frosting so they could just remove the cape for a frosting free piece. Rolling out the cape was difficult because every time I would pick it up by one end it was so heavy it would just stretch until it ripped. I figured it was because I added to much red liquid food coloring. I added a lot because the cape came out pink and no matter how much dye I put it just stayed a consistent shade of pink. Very disappointing to me. But upon a earlier posting I have learned from others to just buy red fondant because red dye ,liquid or gel, doesn't always work. When I finally put the cape on it began to slide off. Maybe the room temperature was too warm because the fondant was moist. When I was finally able to get the cape on the bear I right away put it in the fridge. When I finished the second superman emblem I took out the cake and placed the emblem on the cape. When I presented it to the birthday girl (my sister) she began to take photos of it and as she was doing so I started to notice the cape was stretching. I immediately put the cake back in the fridge until it was time to blow out the candles.

Over all the cake was awesome. If I may say so myself. But I am asked to do another cake and right now I have an idea to make a Star Wars Lego cake. Nothing big but enough to feed mainly a couple of kids. As I think about the MF I am stuck wondering if I will come to the same problem especially since the Lego colors are so dark. Another thing is that I have 2 ideas for the cake. 1: a sitting down version of Luke skywalker. He has the lightest colors. Or any other Star Wars character. 2: a 2 layer round Lego Star Wars scene cake with little Star Wars characters on top and around it.

First cake: I would like to use the MF to give the cake a clean look and I can buy the edible paint and draw on the details. Here's my question: does the MF act as a cake cover/base as good as regular fondant? I wonder because I would have to obviously do the cake by pieces and since the cape would slide off the bear I would hate for the MF to slide off of everything.

Second cake: this cake would be a lot simpler. It would be a basic two layer cake with star wars frosting decor. I would love to make the little Lego characters out of the MF. Here's my question: wold the MF be able to hold together? I have seen a small bee made of regular fondant and it was clean and strong. But the MF seemed soft and stretchy. I would hate to bring out the cake and they look like they are melting.

If you read all of this and answer thank you so much. It's a lot to read.

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Sammy09 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 3:30am
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ATry Elizabeth Marek's MMF recipe.

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MBalaska Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 3:47am
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Q: is MMF as strong as regular fondant?


I don't think so.  Today I used it to cover a cake and so it is fresh in my mind, it's softer.

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dukeswalker Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 4:44am
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Stronger?  I'm not sure that is the right "word" for it.  I love MMF - it it sturdy, smooth, tastes yummy, etc - but I also use Fondex and/or Satin Ice (and on desperate occasion, Duff's) fondant and I feel that they all work great but that MMF has more give to it before tearing.

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CakeRae80 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 1:58pm
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I use MMF for everything except if I need black...then I buy that.  I never have problems with it.  I always make mine a day or so ahead, pop in fridge and then use the next day.

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Claire138 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 2:19pm
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I also use MMF for everything although lately I have added some tylose when making figurines etc. I love it bc it's so versatile.

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