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Sick of fondant cracking..want to cry.

post #1 of 33
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Okay so I use Wilton's fondant and it seems like every time I cover a cake it cracks,creases, or tears. I always cover up my mistakes with icing or decorations but I just want a smooth cake! That's the point of fondant, right? I keep my house at 68-70 while decorating. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but every time I almost cry lol. Help..
post #2 of 33

I always had that problem too, no matter how fast I worked with it, it would still crack. So I started making my own marshmallow fondant. I never have that problem anymore. Plus it's cheaper to make and it tastes good.

post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
Would you be willing to share your recipe for it? I have heard making your own always turns out too soft or cracks so I was hesitant to try it!
post #4 of 33

How are you rolling it out?  On powdered sugar or very lightly greased surface?

sugar will make it dry - thus causing cracking.

If it is tearing you are rolling it too thin/

If it is creasing you are not handling it properly - not working fast enough to smooth it out.

post #5 of 33

A bag of mini marshmallow, 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave and stir every 30 seconds until smooth. I prefer to color the fondant at this point (if you just need one color) because it's easier to mix in. Then I sift in my powdered sugar one cup at a time. I literally cut it in with a butter knife until it starts to come away from the sided of the bowl. Then I start working in more powdered sugar with my hands until it is sticky to the touch but won't leave any stickiness behind on your hands (if that makes sense). Then I stick it in a ziplock for about an hour or longer (I actually usually make all my fondant the day before so I have more time to decorate and not mix stuff) Right before working with it I microwave it for about 15-20 second and then knead it until smooth again.

I also always dust the table with powdered sugar instead of corn starch. I think corn starch dries things out faster too.

post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 
Okay thank you!! How much powdered sugar would I use total?
post #7 of 33

I buy a two pound bag and usually use about 3/4 of the bag in the end...sometimes more depending on the humidity in your area.

post #8 of 33

I tried making my on fondant before, with no success..bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles..but, this looks so simple and easy that I'm going to try it again...wish me luck thumbs_up.gif

post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
Good luck! I'm going to attempt it also.
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by ecb8r2 View Post

A bag of mini marshmallow, 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave and stir every 30 seconds until smooth. I prefer to color the fondant at this point (if you just need one color) because it's easier to mix in. Then I sift in my powdered sugar one cup at a time. I literally cut it in with a butter knife until it starts to come away from the sided of the bowl. Then I start working in more powdered sugar with my hands until it is sticky to the touch but won't leave any stickiness behind on your hands (if that makes sense). Then I stick it in a ziplock for about an hour or longer (I actually usually make all my fondant the day before so I have more time to decorate and not mix stuff) Right before working with it I microwave it for about 15-20 second and then knead it until smooth again.

I also always dust the table with powdered sugar instead of corn starch. I think corn starch dries things out faster too.

This is pretty much what I do as well..but I also grease the bowl that I am melting the marshmallows in, as well as greasing the countertop I am kneeding it on and coat my hands really well all the way past my wrists.  I also color and flavor before I add the powdered sugar.  I add more coloring as needed while I am adding more powdered sugar.  I have done this from the very first time I made homemade MMF and have never had a problem with it at all...simple as can be!

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post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 
Perfect.. I am really hoping it works for me!
post #12 of 33

I mix Wilton with the Duff (FondX) fondant and it works great.  People love the taste and the texture isn't dry and gross.

post #13 of 33
Thread Starter 
I have wanted to try the Duff kind but I feel like its so expensive for such a small amount of fondant!
post #14 of 33
We use exclusively Satin Ice, it works pretty well and isn't too expensive.
post #15 of 33
Thread Starter 
Where can I get Satin Ice?
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