I usually make my own MMF, but am wondering what everyone thinks of Satin Ice fondant? How does the taste compare? How is it to work with? Is it expensive in comparison? Can it be microwaved like MMF?
I have never made or worked with MMF so I can't give a comparison, but I can tell you that I love Satin Ice. It handles well, and tastes great. Frankly I think it's a dream to work with! I do believe it would be more expensive than making MMF, but for me it's still more cost effective to buy because of time. Satin Ice really doesn't need to be microwaved for softening... just knead it a bit with a small amount of shortening (and sometimes I don't even need the shortening) and it's ready to go!
I see that Satin Ice comes in 2lb buckets. How far does that go?
I buy Satin Ice now because it tastes good and there's no mess to clean up. I used to make MMF but I was so fed up with the mess, that I went out and bought the Wilton one. I would not recommend Wilton fondant because it tastes gross! and its not that much cheaper. I bought a 5 lb. bucket of yellow Satin Ice for my Spongebob Cake (see my pictures) and it was MORE THAN ENOUGH. Cake was maybe 1 ft high, 9 inches across and 6 inches wide. I literally had more than half the bucket left. You can make this fondant super thin without tearing and it doesn't dry out like MMF. Good luck!
Maybe I had a bad batch of Satin Ice....I tried to use it and it was too pliable for me. The taste was fine. Maybe because I am so used to the way MMF works/feels?? I know the product has to be good, so many great decorators swear by it. I just didn't care for how it worked for me.
FYI - They had buckets of odd colors of Satin Ice at the Flower Factory - around $11.
I used to make MMF, but it was such a pain. I now use Satin ice and people don't even realize the difference in taste!
Added bonus of Satin Ice: I NEVER EVER EVER have to mess around with coloring my fondant with gel/paste colors again (that's worth the money right there)! I buy the Satin Ice in all the available colors, and use those to custom blend any shade that I need... less mess and frustration, and no worries about too much coloring messing with the texture of the fondant!
I use Satin Ice exclusively too. Love it!
I have never used satin ice but I really like MMf. Although it is messy but I really like it.
I don't live in a big urban area, so I don't get that much call for cakes with fondant to begin with. I wanted to ask those of you who use Satin Ice - when you use it to make fondant figures/accents - do you mix it 50/50 with gumpaste or do you need to use more gumpaste to get it to a good texture to work with? The time I used it, I was trying to make flowers for a class and used 50/50 and it was way too soft - it would not roll out thinly at all - since I don't use it I was wondering if you have any tips for me for when I try it again. TIA.
I use the MMF now and make it myself, it is so much cheaper than buying it already made and it's pretty easy to make but I do have one problem with it, when it comes to making bows and little stand up spirals I cannot get them to keep their shape with it, its satin Ice better for that? if not, does anyone have any ideas for me that may solve my problem?
bmarlow - you need to do one of 3 things...
Mix it 50/50 with already made gumpaste, or add some tylose or gumtex to the MMF. It will work fine then.
I just loaded a pic of a green package cake with an orange MMF bow on it in my photos today if you want to see one done. (with MMF 50/50 with gumpaste)
Do that or just use gumpaste for stuff other than covering the cake. That's what Ido.
Do you all use purchased gumpaste? Or do you make it? I use MMF, but would like to try some different things. Thanks!
I like the Nicholas Lodge recipe the best - it is so pretty white! It isn't hard to make at all.
I love Satin Ice. It's all I use for fondant. And I have all the colors also!
I Love Satin Ice. I use to make my own mmf but found that coloring it made it break and it was just inconsistent. Now I use Satin Ice and have not had any problems at all.
I use nothing but Satin Ice and love it. I will have to say that it is a little bit softer than wilton brand but I work a little powdered sugar into it and knead it. The wilton brand is not as tasty as the satin ice in my opinion. As far as figures etc. are concerned, I use it either by itself or add a little tylose to it. For more fragile things like my numbers on top of cakes I use gumpaste only. I only buy the satin ice in black, white, red and chocolate brown. I have bought the pink before and found that it tasted like the dye they used to color it. All the others I use taste wonderful. Good luck!
I recently bought Satin Ice and loved the way it smelled, tasted and worked, So I think I will be using it alot. I also just got a sample pack of fonderific, from Cakes4u.com and it is great they have some funky flavors, the sample is $6.99 with free shipping
For gumpaste flowers I use Ron Ben-Israel's recipe that I learned in culinary school. For figures, numbers, and other toppers, I just use Satin Ice with CMC mixed in.
I recently bought and loved the way it smelled, tasted and worked, So I think I will be using it alot. I also just got a sample pack of fonderific, from Cakes4u.com and it is great they have some funky flavors, the sample is $6.99 with free shipping
I tried cakes4u.com but nothing came up. Am I missing something?
I always make my own gumpaste using the wilton recipe and it works great. It doesn't get grainy like the pre-packaged stuff does. I color my MMF in the process of making it (if I need the wholebatch one color that is). I add my gel color to my marshmallows right before melting. Seems to work great for me.
loucinda - Thank you so much for the advice! I am definitely going to try that tomorrow, I think I saw the gumtex at hobby lobby today About how much do you think I should add to the MMF and do I add it while kneading it or while heating the marshmallows up?
Thank you so much!
You are welcome! I use about 1 teaspoon of gumtex/tylose to about 1 cup (eyeball it) of fondant. I just knead it in - be careful when you do though, it likes to poof up at you!
A hint I learned in my Wilton class....put the gumtex and fondant in a plastic bag and seal lightly....THEN do your kneading! The gumtex is very 'poofy' and hard to work in at first!
I like Satin Ice.. but I do have issues w/ elephant skin or tearing occasionally. This is probably because i'm inexperienced with fondant opposed to it being an issue of the product.
I also think it's pretty cheap. I just bought a 20 gallon bucket for 49 bucks. That's a little over 2 bucks a pound. CHEAP in my opinion for a quality product that you don't have to make. Time is money!
Ooh! $49, where did you find it at? I am wanting to experiment with everything before I settle on one thing, I have only been doing this for about 4 months so i'm still working on everything.
yes please tell!!! where?
Are you sure it was a 20 gallon bucket for $49??
That isn't too bad, about $2.50/lb. (MMF costs me about .75/lb. - but that is not taking into account the time making it - I have it down pretty good, but it still requires time)
Leahs - can you give some approximations on about how much a 20 lb. bucket will cover?