Hi all! I have a wedding cake do in a few weeks and it has to have a "quilted" pattern look on the bottom tier and top tier (fondant) I was wondering which one of these devices would be the most practical, easy, and produce the best results:
would it be the Large Diamond Quilting Marker?
or the 1" Diamond Impression Mat?
I know there is a bit of a difference in price, but I want the one that is going to give me the best results Thanks so much for your input, love to hear from you all!
I think it depends on the look you are trying to get. If you just want the diamond pattern all over the sides of the cake then I would go with the impression mat. If you want a quilted design in several different places around the cake go with the other.
I have never used the quilting marker, but have used the impression mat. If you use it with fondant you have to score over the lines after pressing because it doesn't make very deep impressions. Here is a link to the Wilton one, but I think there are other manufacturers.
How easy is it to use an impression mat? Do you mostly use it with fondant? And do you roll the fondant on top of it. If so how could you keep it straight when transfering it to cake. How well could you smooth the fondant? How do you make impressions on bc on the sides of a round cake? The mat looks stiff. Lots of ???
The one I use is a stiff clear plastic sheet. I put the fondant on the cake and then press the mat against the side of the cake to make the impression. If using buttercream it has to be a crusting buttercream. The mat is flexible enough to curve around the sides of a round cake. If you place it up against the side and kind of use your finger to trace the lines and work around it is much easier than trying to press the whole mat at one time.