Rolling Out Colored Fondant

Decorating By susaneholcomb Updated 7 May 2009 , 3:26pm by lomikesa

susaneholcomb Posted 6 May 2009 , 8:52pm
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i did a cake last week that was red fondant with black fondant accents. the cake turned out great, but the fondant appeared dull and had a white haze to the colors due to using cornstarch to roll out.

i have had some people tell me to use crisco, but this leaves the fondant very shiny.

any other suggestions? does using a silicone mat or fondant rolling mat work?

I have a bright purple cake this weekend and would like to have the colors stay true and not leave "dust" on them.

susan

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pattycakesnj Posted 6 May 2009 , 8:59pm
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in the sharon zambito sugarshack dvd's, she says to wipe the whole cake down with a little crisco, and then with another clean paper towel, take up all the excess. I have never tried it yet, but she says it will dry and not be shiney. HTH

mkm25 Posted 6 May 2009 , 9:05pm
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I roll my fondant out with powdered sugar rather than cornstarch. After you smooth the fondant onto the cake, buff it with a cake smoother. As you buff, the powdered sugar will be absorbed into the fondant and won't affect your color. At least it works for me! icon_smile.gif

icer101 Posted 6 May 2009 , 9:07pm
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hi, yes, sharon wipes her cakes with little crisco.. then wipes with clean paper towel.. she shows all this in her fondant dvd.. and boxes and bows dvd.. and as you know .. she is great... hth.... the reds. the blacks.. all the colors... turn out so good . with her method..

idjitmom Posted 7 May 2009 , 1:18am
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I spray it very lightly w/ vodka - presto, no cornstarch marks! And the alchohol so rapidly evaporates it's gone almost instantly, so no running colors & no taste.

JaimeAnn Posted 7 May 2009 , 8:26am
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I use some vanilla extract to wipe the surface. Same effect as the vodka cause the extract is mostly alcohol.

Lambshack Posted 7 May 2009 , 8:37am
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I rarely cover entire cakes with fondant, so I prefer to use the Crisco, but I don't get a shiny effect at all. I use a silicon mat to roll out on, and a little crisco spread on the rolling pin works great for me.

MLopardi Posted 7 May 2009 , 8:50am
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I also use shortening to roll out my fondant. I'll never go back to powdered sugar or cornstarch. It takes very little shortening. Spread a very small amount on countertop and rolling pin. Lift and reposition fondant as you're rolling it out to be sure there is enough shortening. After a while you get a feel for how much to put down. Less is more, especially if you want to avoid the shiny look. My experience has been that if you use a minimal amount of shortening, the fondant loses the shine after a short while on the cake. Way less problems with cracking, drying, and "elephant" skin.

kakealicious Posted 7 May 2009 , 3:09pm
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I use a light mist of Pam spray then wipe gently with a paper towel. It looks shiny at first but then it gets absorbed into the fondant.

lomikesa Posted 7 May 2009 , 3:25pm
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I went to Walmart's fabric department and purchached a yard and half of the thick clear table cloth spread and thats what I use to roll my fondant, and it only cost me about $6.00 dollar I use Sugar shacks techniques with the shortening and looks great!

Lomikesa

lomikesa Posted 7 May 2009 , 3:25pm
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I went to Walmart's fabric department and purchached a yard and half of the thick clear table cloth spread and thats what I use to roll my fondant, and it only cost me about $6.00 dollar I use Sugar shacks techniques with the shortening and looks great!

Lomikesa

lomikesa Posted 7 May 2009 , 3:26pm
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Sorry for the double post, I do not know how it happened.

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