What's The Best Surface To Work On?

Decorating By pearlprincess Updated 13 Feb 2009 , 5:00pm by chrissypie

pearlprincess Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 1:51am
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What is the best surface to work on when assembling cakes and decorating them as well? Also, what's the best surface for rolling out fondant?

Thanks in advance!

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tracycakes Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:03am
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For rolling out fondant, I like to use the cheap vinyl you can get on a roll at Wal-Mart. Put a little bit of water or a damp paper towel under it and roll to your hearts content. You really don't need to use much, it any, cornstarch at all. I prefer to use just a little Crisco if needed.

pearlprincess Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:18am
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Are you talking about the vinyl kitchen shelving stuff?

Granpam Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:27am
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I do most of my decorating at my work island. It has stool so I canrest my bad knee and still decorate for hours if necessary. I use a silpat to roll my fondant. There no need for cornstarch or Crisco because nothing stick to it. I have several sizes . one oif my better investments.

PatricesPieces Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:32am
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Actually I think she is referring to vinyl that is in the fabric department. You could have it cut by the yard. But since I bought mine, Walmart has done away with the fabric departments in my area. You can try Joanne's fabrics. They should have it there.

As for rolling out my fondant....I just roll it out on my stainless steel prep table (I sprinkle the table with cornstarch). After I roll it out, I then take my rolling pin and roll the fondant over it. Lift the rolling pin and unroll the the fondant over the cake. I use cornstarch to keep it from sticking. I have also rolled fondant out on just a regular kitchen counter top. Everyone seems to be different. I tried using the vinyl, but it did not work for me. Just keep practicing and you will become comfortable with one way that works for you.

mygirlssweet Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:45am
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I use a silcone mat from Ateco with grid markings. I love it. Nothing sticks and it doesn't move on the counter at all. I always hated the Wilton mat. IMO

BakingGirl Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:56am
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I usually work straight on my countertops, solid granite so easy to clean and nice and smooth to roll out on.

saberger Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 3:14am
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I got the blue mat, the silpat, and the wilton mat - only to find that it was easiest for me to just work directly on my counter (silestone) and I don't have to mess with any of it.

I agree with Serenatea....try to find what works best for you. But don't make the mistake of trying something different on an important cake!!!! Good luck!

CookieMeister Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 4:11am
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Originally Posted by BakingGirl

I usually work straight on my countertops, solid granite so easy to clean and nice and smooth to roll out on.

I've been thinking about just rolling it out on my granite countertop. I hate the Wilton mats.

CookiezNCupcakez Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 7:06am
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I use MMF and I have covered a board w/ contact paper/shelf paper.. the fondant does not stick at all and I use no ps,cornstarch or shortening...

sugarwishes Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 7:57am
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I think I am going to invest in a few of the silpats. Thanks Granpam! I normally just use my counter, sometimes I will tape the Wilton mat down but I hate using it. If I'm doing small detail work and use only a very small amount of fondant or gumpaste, I love to use the yellow Wilton practice boards. Nothing sticks to it which makes it very easy.

chrissypie Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 5:00pm
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Hello, I figured I would pipe in, just my opinion. ATECO makes an absolutely amazing silicone mat that is so easy to roll fondant out on. It is also such an amazing size and texture that you can just turn it out onto your cake and there is no need to lift and handle the fondant and worry about tearing it. It is a blue ATECO silicone mat 36" x 24". It runs anywhere from 26 to 40 dollars depending on where you get if. If you google ATECO silcone mat, it should brind up a host of places that you can buy it. I hope this helps. It has been amazing for me.

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