For my final cake, I decided to go with the stacked route rather than use the columns. It seemed a little less Wilton retro style...or at least I hope. Since MMF is a lot softer and dries slower than normal fondant, I was so happy it actually worked for the roses. You just have to hold the rose between your fingers while forming it instead of the sponge for better control. One advantage of the MMF is how easily it sticks when pressed together so you can skip the step where you brush clear vanilla?? (Wilton is really trying to sell their products because water so couldn't work..haha) to hold the petals together. One less thing to worry about always makes things a little easier especially since MMF is really delicate and tears easily. It took me a lot of practise (at least 2 movies (Knowing + Twilight) worth of time and some reruns of classic basketball playing at 1am) to finally get through my 38 roses. I wasn't even paying attention to Knowing, but I probably won't see it again after that weird ending and Twilight.. well even though it's not the best movie, I'm totally addicted and couldn't help watching it even those I've already seen it..many times.
Anyway, the sad part was, it took me about 30 roses in until I got the hang of it so these don't look as pretty as I would have liked. I can't wait to start course 4. I don't know if I'll be able to get away with using MMF, since we use gum paste, but I'll definitely give it a try. My instructor always says to me 'You have your own way of doing things.'
Marshmallow Fondant Recipe from What's Cooking America
16 ounces white mini-marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 to 5 tablespoons water (I used 2 tbsp)
2 pounds icing sugar (I didn't use all of the sugar)
1/2 cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)
Make sure you grease every bowl and spoon/spatula the marshmallows come in contact with first. I also find that if you stir in the sugar with a spoon/spatula until it doesn't seem so liquidy before kneading it with your hands, it's less sticky and hot.
Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave or double boiler. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted. Place 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the top of the melted marshmallow mix. (I stirred this with a spatula until it formed a large mass)
Now grease your hands GENEROUSLY (palms, backs, and in between fingers), then heavily grease the counter you will be using and dump the bowl of marshmallow/sugar mixture in the middle. (I did all this in a large bowl that I greased)
Start kneading like you would bread dough. You will immediately see why you have greased your hands.
Keep kneading, this stuff is sticky at this stage! Add the rest of the powdered sugar and knead some more. Re-grease your hands and counter when the fondant starts sticking. If the mix is tearing easily, it is to dry, so add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time and then knead it in). It usually takes me about 8 minutes to get a firm smooth elastic ball so that it will stretch without tearing when you apply it to the cake.
It is best if you can let it sit, double wrapped, overnight (but you can use it right away if there are no tiny bits of dry powdered sugar). If you do see them, you will need to knead and maybe add a few more drops of water.
Prepare the fondant for storing by coating it with a good layer of Crisco shortening, wrap in a plastic-type wrap product and then put it in a re-sealable or Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
MM Fondant will hold very well in the refrigerator for weeks. If I know that I have a cake to decorate, I usually make two (2) batches on a free night during the week so it is ready when I need it. Take advantage of the fact that this fondant can be prepared well in advance.