figures and fondant

by kenz
(Alberta, Canada)

I've tried using the marshmallow fondant for figures but I find that they don't set as hard as the store-bought fondant. Even after letting it dry a couple of days, the figures are still pliable which is fine for some things, but problematic for others. I've also noticed that if you place the figures on buttercream, they seem to absorb the moisture from the icing and wilt even more and the color from the figure bleeds into the buttercream. Is there something I'm missing?

(thanks, by the way, for all the recipes and tips - fabulous website!!)

From the editor:

Hi Kenz,

I'm glad you're finding the site useful.

To make the fondant harden enough for figures, you'll need to add a drying agent such as Tylose powder. Knead in 1 teaspoon of Tylose for every 8 ounces of fondant you're using and mold as usual. This also helps a little with color bleed from fondant to buttercream, but since fondant will always absorb moisture from buttercream, the best solution is not to add the figures until as late as possible before the cake is needed.

Don't forget to take lots of pictures and come back to show off your cakes.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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