New Here- Fondarific Vs. Satin Ice Fondant

Decorating By cupcakefrost Updated 28 Apr 2010 , 9:12pm by Kitagrl

cupcakefrost Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 2:28am
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hi everyone. . . first of all, i'm new to this site n am already hooked! lol. u guys are awesome, n i hope to be as great as you all one day icon_smile.gif.

i just started baking. . . well, not really baking; i'm into the decorating aspect, so just use doctored cake mixes for now. anyways, just started last September n i've mostly done cupcakes (hopefully the attachment worked) with a couple of cakes. i;m inspired after looking at all of your creations here n i'd like to try my first fondant cake for my hubs birthday in 3 weeks. i have designed the cake already (i'm so proud of myself, lol) n it will be a music topsy turvy (i know, ambitious, but i've always been so).

i just received a sample package of fondarific, which i really love! it had the buttercream, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate cherry n lemon. i loved all of them, but just liked the vanilla.

i have heard of satin ice, n it is a little cheaper than the fondarific. can anyone give me their opinion after trying both- best flavor, easiest to work with, how it holds up for a couple of days (i plan on making the ckae at least one day before the party).

i would appreciate any help with this. i want to order the fondant very soon and i wanted to get the best one. thanks a bunch n i'm looking forward to lots of learning! icon_biggrin.gif
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sweetsadiecakes Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 4:01am
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I'm also really new to decorating (started in December). I love Satin Ice, and like Fondex too. I've never heard of fondarific. Satin Ice has been really nice for me to work with.

beachcakes Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 2:08pm
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HI. Welcome to CC. Your cuppies are adorable! icon_smile.gif BTW - nothing wrong with using a doctored mix! icon_smile.gif
I also got the samples from Fondarific. It's a neat idea, but I can't justify the extra expense and some of the flavors are a bit strange for cake, I think. But that's just me! I like SatinIce and FondX. IMO, Pettinice is terrible to work with. So far, that's all i've tried.

diane706 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 2:25pm
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After using Fondarific last weekend for the first time, I will never go back to SI. I get so frustrated with those little hairline cracks I get on the top edge of my cakes when using SI. I've heard a lot of people complaining about it lately. Not sure if they have changed their recipe or if it's the climate where I live or what... Having said that, I know there are LOTS of people who love SI so.... it's trial and error for each decorator. Have fun!

moralna Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 2:59pm
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Wow! I thought that it was me having problems with SI and the cracks at the edge of the cake!!! I really would like to try Fondarific. Can someone tell me how they got their sample packs. Does the buttercream flavored fondant really taste like BC?

diane706 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 4:43pm
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Originally Posted by moralna

Wow! I thought that it was me having problems with SI and the cracks at the edge of the cake!!! I really would like to try Fondarific. Can someone tell me how they got their sample packs. Does the buttercream flavored fondant really taste like BC?




Moralna, this is their website: www.fondarific.com/ The gals there are SO SWEET!

moralna Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 4:49pm
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Thanks! I just ordered the sample pack! Can't wait to try it.

Redlotusninjagrl Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 4:56pm
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I haven't used Satin Ice, but I have heard on this website that a lot of people mix it with Wilton's (like 1 part Wilton's to 3 parts Satin Ice), to make it easier to work with. With that ratio, apparently, it doesn't compromise the flavor (as Wilton's is nasty) and it gives a little more strength and durability to Satin Ice. I have used Fondarific and other people on here say that it is excellent to work with compared to other brands. If you buy the sample pack from Fondarific, you get like a golf ball sized sample of each of 5 flavors. I love the buttercream. It takes just like it! I also liked the chocolate. Some of the more exotic flavors are a bit much and I have only used those on cookies. And to be honest, I didn't care for vanilla. But apparently, this is one of the easiest to work with. I think I read it doesn't dry hard so it is not the preferred fondant for modeling figures. But I am mostly regurgitating what I have read as I have never worked with any other fondants. Hope this helps!

cupcakelady64 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 6:34pm
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To me, the taste of Fondarific beats Satin Ice by a mile! However, i can get Satin Ice locally, Fondarific has to be shipped, meaning slightly higher + shipping. Turns out to be about 42.00 for a 5lb bucket. BUT, to me, it's worth it.

All the flavors really do seem to be right on, and it is easier to work with. I tried two different cakes with the two different icings on the same weekend. Got frustrated really quick with Satin Ice, after having used Fondarific. So, i guess it comes down to, is it worth the extra? I say yes!

diane706 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 6:43pm
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[quote="cupcakelady So, i guess it comes down to, is it worth the extra? I say yes![/quote]

Woo hoo. Fondarific users UNITE!! thumbs_up.gif

cupcakelady64 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 6:48pm
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girl, i couldn't believe how easy it is to use, compared to having to get hubby to roll out the SI!! icon_wink.gif

I know i'm a weak thing, with no upper body strength, but hey, you gotta be a body builder to roll out the SI!! lol icon_smile.gif

Megan72382 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 7:00pm
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Originally Posted by Redlotusninjagrl

I haven't used , but I have heard on this website that a lot of people mix it with Wilton's (like 1 part Wilton's to 3 parts ), to make it easier to work with.




That's what I end up doing...I couldn't get Satin Ice to work right for me. Like it needed a little more elasticity or something. I thought I was just new and unpracticed. I think I'm going to order the sample pack now too just to see what its all about.

Peridot Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 7:41pm
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Why don't people like Pettinice?

cupcakefrost Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 1:27am
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Thanks so much for all of the replies!!! I was so glad to hear all of your comments, and they really helped me make my decision. I'm going to order the fondarific. Since this is my first fondant cake, I need the easiest thing to work with, and it seems the majority of people have had better experience with the fondarific. I know it tastes great already, so that's a plus. It's really smart of them to offer a sample pack like that. Yes, I think the BC tastes just like BC and it's great.
Thanks again, everyone!

cupcakefrost Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 1:32am
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

HI. Welcome to CC. Your cuppies are adorable! icon_smile.gif BTW - nothing wrong with using a doctored mix! icon_smile.gif
I also got the samples from Fondarific. It's a neat idea, but I can't justify the extra expense and some of the flavors are a bit strange for cake, I think. But that's just me! I like SatinIce and FondX. IMO, Pettinice is terrible to work with. So far, that's all i've tried.




Hi, beachcakes! Thanks for the compliment. . I looked at your cakes, and am amazed!!! They are soooo great! I can't even believe how good they look- you should go on Food Network Challenge!

mirda6275 Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 1:46am
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I'm new to decorating and very new to fondant. I used Fondarific for my first fondant-covered cake (on my own) and then took it to class to use. It was great to work with, didn't have to add anything to roll it out and keep it from sticking. You can roll it very thin, it helps to spread shortening on your rolling mat, but I didn't have to put anything on my regular rolling pin.

As someone said before, Fondarific doesn't harden, so the plus is you have a much longer working time, BUT you can't use it for figures, bows, flowers and I had a hard time getting it to stay in pleats for a draping effect.

Love the taste of Fondarific but use any other brand for figures/flowers that most likely won't get eaten.

HTH!

cupcakefrost Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 1:49am
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Originally Posted by mirda6275

I'm new to decorating and very new to fondant. I used Fondarific for my first fondant-covered cake (on my own) and then took it to class to use. It was great to work with, didn't have to add anything to roll it out and keep it from sticking. You can roll it very thin, it helps to spread shortening on your rolling mat, but I didn't have to put anything on my regular rolling pin.

As someone said before, Fondarific doesn't harden, so the plus is you have a much longer working time, BUT you can't use it for figures, bows, flowers and I had a hard time getting it to stay in pleats for a draping effect.

Love the taste of Fondarific but use any other brand for figures/flowers that most likely won't get eaten.

HTH!




Good idea. . . it seems like most people think fondarific isn't the best for modeling, so i will use something else for tht kind of stuff. and you're right- the modeled stuff usually doesn't get eaten anyway icon_smile.gif.

aide27 Posted 18 Apr 2010 , 3:16am
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hi,i like choco pan fondant tastes like chocolate it comes in white,ivory camell,light brown coffee and dark chocolate.i rolled very thin and everybody ate the cake with all the fondant.for the flowers i add gum paste and still taste very good and it hold the shape of the roses.Iused about 1 lb.choco pan and 2/3 lb.gum paste.I hate when people says that fondant cakes taste ugly that is why i speen my money that looks and tastes good.

CakeandDazzle Posted 18 Apr 2010 , 3:48am
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Originally Posted by cupcakelady64

To me, the taste of Fondarific beats by a mile! However, i can get locally, Fondarific has to be shipped, meaning slightly higher + shipping. Turns out to be about 42.00 for a 5lb bucket. BUT, to me, it's worth it.

All the flavors really do seem to be right on, and it is easier to work with. I tried two different cakes with the two different icings on the same weekend. Got frustrated really quick with , after having used Fondarific. So, i guess it comes down to, is it worth the extra? I say yes!




WOW icon_eek.gif I pay that ($43) for 20lbs of satin ice! Guess im not trying it!

anxietyattack Posted 18 Apr 2010 , 6:01am
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Originally Posted by Redlotusninjagrl

I haven't used , but I have heard on this website that a lot of people mix it with Wilton's (like 1 part Wilton's to 3 parts ), to make it easier to work with.



That's what I end up doing...I couldn't get to work right for me. Like it needed a little more elasticity or something. I thought I was just new and unpracticed. I think I'm going to order the sample pack now too just to see what its all about.




Wow, reading this thread has made me feel so much better. I was in tears and a complete mess the first time I used SI. I haven't done another fondant cake since then. Maybe now I'll try again.

Momkiksbutt Posted 18 Apr 2010 , 6:15am
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Duff referenced this on the last episode of Ace of Cakes...is it the same as the fondant from Albert Usters??? That was pretty dang awesome fondant...I can't wait to try it out!

Lisaa1996 Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 8:22pm
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I have tried both and really like the Fond. best for tastes and use. The SI does set up harder though so it's better for modeling. I had alot of issues with cracks on my cakes so the fond. works for me. I just had to up my prices a bit to cover the extra cost icon_smile.gif

SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 8:30pm
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Fondarific does taste better, but I just can't justify paying over twice the amount of money for it vs satin ice. If you're doing a cake here and there, it probably doesn't matter as much. But I go through about 20 lbs a week, and it would put a hole in my wallet! icon_biggrin.gif

tron Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 8:36pm
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I've only used Wilton and Satin Ice.......Fonerific is just way too espensive...plus shipping!!!!

Lisaa1996 Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 8:43pm
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Guess that's why Duff has a $1,000 min. on his cakes, lol. Yeah, it is really expensive so I am just trying it out for now but I will probably use more Satin Ice during the summer with the humidity and when I get sick of paying the shipping icon_smile.gif

PennySue Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 8:54pm
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I love Fondex and Sweet Inspirations by Caljava. They taste wonderful and come in all those colors that are so hard to do yourself. They are very nice there and will answer all your questions.

jsmith Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 9:06pm
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I hate Satin Ice fondant. HATE. It tears and cracks and then sags and bubbles. I'm going to keep making my own marshmallow fondant. That's what works best for me.

Kitagrl Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 9:12pm
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I just started a thread earlier on FondX compared to Satin Ice...I think the FondX is almost as cheap as Satin Ice but tastes nicer and works a bit nicer too.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6798311-.html#6798311

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