I'm upgrading and replacing a couple of my pieces of equipment, since some of them have died, and some of them are just not enough for what I need ... so I apologize if there are several scattered posts from me to ask for tips of this sort.
I cannot live without a fondant mat, and I was moderately happy with my cheapy standard Wilton one, but I'm wondering which one you guys have had success with. Silicone? Maybe Ateco? I definitely still want one with graduated circles on it, it makes my life much much easier.
Thanks for any tips you might have!
I use thick vinyl sheets over my Wilton Roll n Cut mat and occasionally over the Cake Dividing Wheel mat (if I am making divisions on round cakes).
That way I can take advantage of the grids/measurements on the mats but don't care if I cut up the vinyl, as it is super cheap.
Plus with the vinyl, if I need to roll out a piece of fondant that's larger than 20", I can do so on my vinyl mat and just flip the whole thing over onto the cake rather than pick up the fondant to transfer it.
You can find the vinyl sheets at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Marts that have fabric on rolls, and fabric stores such as Hancock Fabrics, JoAnn's, etc.
I use my silpats for baking, not fondant work.
What a great idea with the vinyl sheets! You've been a all full of good tidbits of wisdom for me today, Cakepro. Maybe I'll ask you to balance my checkbook next ... thanks so much for your help!
I wondered if you thought I would be stalking you since I answer so many of your questions.
LOL, I haven't balanced a checkbook in like 8 or 9 years. Since the advent of online banking, I just log on and look through the transactions every few weeks to make sure nothing seems amiss. Do people still do that?
I bought the 36" x 24" silicone mat from Ateco with grid lines. It's great! I HATED the Wilton one.
Nah, I didn't even do it back when I DIDN'T have online banking ... math gooooooood, accounting baaaaaaaaad. Stalk away, you crazy person, I'll just absorb the cakesmarts through osmosis by standing close to you .
Thanks for your tip as well, mygirlssweet! I think the thing I hate about the Wilton one is that it creases, and then there's no fixing that and you have to fix it directly on the cake, which is a pain.
Ateco all the way! So flexible!
Sounds great! Thanks so much for your tips!