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post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by Hannahscakes View Post

Where can I get Satin Ice?
We buy it online, the thread linked below should help. 20# tubs are usually ~$50 + shipping.

http://cakecentral.com/t/667462/where-is-the-cheapest-place-to-buy-satin-ice-fondant
post #17 of 33
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Great!
post #18 of 33

I also use Satin Ice, it is very easy to work with.  I have to order mine online, since we don't have a local cake suppy store that carries it.  I do use wilton for modling, it works well for that, but that's all I use it for.

post #19 of 33

try adding just a small dab of shortening to the fondant then knead it in.  It adds a bit of moisture without overdoing it.  you can add more or less depending on how dry your fondant is.  (This is really good for when you've rolled the same color over and over again)  The shortening just brings it back to life and helps keep it kinda stretchy so it doesn't crack as much.  Good luck

post #20 of 33
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Tonight I used Duff and it worked great for covering a cake but is WAY too expensive. Double what the Wilton is. I agree Wilton is great for molding because it hardens quickly but not covering cakes in my opinion. I am very excited to try the Satin Ice.
post #21 of 33

Hi!  First, Wilton fondant is awful.  It tastes and smells like plastic.

 

I think one thing everyone does that I think is wrong is use cornstarch with fondant.  It dries it out and causes cracks.  Use powered sugar.

 

Global sugar art is a great place to find fondant as well as other suppliers.  I personally really like Fondx.  I've always had great luck with it.

 

I've tried the homemade fondant without alot of success.  I liked the flavor, but getting the consistency right everytime is a crap shoot.

 

I hope you find what you need.  Good luck!

 

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post #22 of 33

I have to use the Wilton fondant for a class that I'm taking...I'm NOT looking forward to it...using the Wilton fondant, I mean. I am looking forward to the class.

post #23 of 33
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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.

I'm so glad I read this post! Thanks for the good info. I bought several bags of mm the other day so I could have a "play day" with it today. I have a question (or so!) though, since the MMF needs to be microwaved before being rolled out does that mean it will harden some after being put on the cake? Or will it remain pliable and easy to chew? I have never had MMF before....I may be able to answer my own question after I make the first batch.

What about using shortening to slather on the table? I always use that when rolling out the Wilton fondant (I even add some into if it seems really dry). I only use corn starch when cutting out decorations, and have always been under the impression that powder sugar shouldn't be used for either task.

Thanks in advance! I'm just trying to get as much info together prior to attempting MMF so I don't feel overwhelmed if/when I run into trouble. I live in Jax Fl and it has been raining for days....will that effect the outcome? I know humidity does but it's less humid than normal, which is equally strange. I expect to see Noah's Ark in the next day or so if this keeps up!! Lol

Love this site!! -Nicole
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post #25 of 33
Fondarific is gnarly stretchy...and pretty delish! Bought some at the last ICES and wished I had bought more....
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post #26 of 33

The Duff brand is good, but I find it to be a bit too soft sometimes making it a little difficult to work with.  I use Satin Ice Fondant, was thinking about trying some of that fondorific stuff.  I like the satin ice though, so nice to work with and I don't hardly have to use gumpaste or tylose powder for my decor anymore. You can order it online from Cakesupplies4U.com.

post #27 of 33

I use MMF too and love it.  I didn't see where the size of bag of mini marshmallows is listed and could make a huge difference in the outcome.  They come in 2 sizes.

I use the 16 oz size with this recipe. 

post #28 of 33
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I feel like there are so many different options and everyone has their own favorite.. I can appreciate that. Sounds like we all despise Wilton fondant that's for sure. Maybe I need to learn to smooth my icing better so I'm not always relying on fondant..that's a whole separate battle though icon_wink.gif
post #29 of 33

I really like Satin Ice fondant (very tasty, too), but it's expensive at our local cake decorating store, and to buy it online (less expensive, but then there's shipping), doesn't help if I need it quickly (just a hobby decorator, so don't buy on a regular basis), so I started making my own MMF.  I have only tried this recipe, but I like it so much I haven't tried any others.

 

http://artisancakecompany.com/2012/11/the-best-marshmallow-fondant-recipe-ever/

 

It uses Wilton fondant as one of the ingredients, so that adds a bit more cost, but I buy it at Michaels with the coupon of the day, so it's quite reasonable.

 

It makes a good amount, is a dream to work with, stores beautifully, and is great for modeling as it hardens nicely.

 

The only downside is the flavour is kind of blah, so I replace some of the water with clear vanilla flavouring, which helps.

 

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post #30 of 33
Great information
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