why are my roses cracking?

by barbara
(everett ma)

I am learning how to make roses and when I do, they are feathering at the small end of the tip. They have a torn look to the petals. what am I doing wrong?

Thanks,

Barbara

From the editor:

Hi Barbara,

You don't say, but I'm assuming you're making the roses from fondant or gum paste.

I sometimes have better luck if I heat the fondant a little before I use it. Just heat in the microwave, on high, for about 10 seconds to make it more pliable and easy to knead.

Alternatively, try making the roses from modeling chocolate, with a little Tylose powder kneaded in to help the roses set hard. It has the advantage of not drying out quickly like fondant, giving you a longer working time.

Good luck.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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