I havent ever used one of those impression mats. So this could be a stupid question. But how do you smooth fondant on a cake that the fondant has a design embedded in it w/o messing p the deisgn?
I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question, but, I'll take a stab. I put my fondant on and smooth it as I normally would, and THEN use the impression mat. It sounds like your imprinting the fondant and then putting it on?
As pp mentioned use the mat after you've already put the fondant on.
The only reason I can see that you would want to put it on first is if you were using a roller with a pattern on it. Like this one:
I've never used one of these so am not sure how to best go about it.
Oh I see! I was thinking as you roll out the fondant you roll it onto the mat and then put it on the cake. I have to make mini cakes for a party and thought that would make it look fancy and be easier. So even on those, I put the impressions on the cakes with the fondant?
I've impressed the fondant and then put it on a cake before. I just stretched and smoothed the absolute minimum needed.