Cornstarch Or Powder Sugar To Roll Out Fondant?

Baking By conchita Updated 5 Feb 2009 , 11:47am by leah_s

conchita Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 7:45pm
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what do you prefer to roll out fondant?

I heard cornstarch is better then powder sugar

14 replies
val_nutrimetics Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 8:02pm
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Hi,
When I first started using fondant, I was told to use powdered sugar, but I found it made the fondant very dry (which made it crack easier). Once I switched to cornstarch it made a world of difference! In my opinion, it is so much better and easier to use cornstarch.

Hope this helps,
Val.

tastyart Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 9:53pm
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I vote for cornstarch too. I've used both and cornstarch is definately better.

bashini Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 10:03pm
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Cornstarch for me too! icon_biggrin.gif

conchita Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 11:53pm
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cornstarch it is! thank you so much

sweetneice Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:10am
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Another Cornstarch vote!

meenu Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:15am
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Cornstarch works better for me.

MaloSlatko Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:20am
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Cornstarch definitely. I too found that the sugar melted into the fondant too easily causing it to dry out and crack.

sweetjan Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:22am
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Yep,......cornstarch!

leah_s Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:28am
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I have switched to a thin film of veg shortening. Better than cornstarch or powdered sugar!

xstitcher Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 5:12am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leahs

I have switched to a thin film of veg shortening. Better than cornstarch or powdered sugar!




Same here.

chefjulie Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 5:21am
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Yep, crisco for me! No funky white residue on my fondant and it doesn't stick at all.

tastyart Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 5:26am
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If you use shortening, don't you need to roll the fondant out on a mat that you can flip over on the cake?

BlakesCakes Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 6:15am
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Tastyart: "If you use shortening, don't you need to roll the fondant out on a mat that you can flip over on the cake?"

No.

I roll on a smear of crisco and I pick up my fondant on my rolling pin and put it on the cake. I never turn my fondant over (not supposed to once it's rolled out). I smear the crisco onto a piece of heavy gauge vinyl, but that's only so that I can keep my counter clean.

PS softens fondant and can make it sticky. CS is a drying agent and can lead to elephant skin. It can also ferment in stored leftovers.

I can't be bothered with the mess that powders make..........

Rae

leah_s Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 11:47am
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I just get underneath the rolled out fondant and pick it up.

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