Rolling Out Fondant.....

Decorating By NiderVille Updated 3 Oct 2009 , 5:54am by Sweetsbym

NiderVille Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 7:28pm
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Well I have my first adventure with fondant this past wee and I was wondering what is the best way to roll it out with out sticking. I tried PS and cornstarch. I ended up resorting to crisco but I did not like the look of it when it was finished too shiny. I thought of buying the Wilton mat but was wondering if you all had some better suggestions.

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bashini Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 8:34pm
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Hi, I think it depends on the fondant you use too. The one that I use only need a tiny bit of shortening. There is another fondant which requires lots of cornstarch. But at the end it comes down to what works best for you! icon_smile.gif

Rylan Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 8:41pm
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If you don't want it to be shiny, just wipe your cake with a papertowel and then dust it a bit of powdered sugar.

rharris524 Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 8:46pm
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I bought a yard of vinyl from walmart for about 2.50 and it was the best investment ever! Fondant doesn't stick at all!!!

tracey1970 Posted 27 Sep 2009 , 12:20am
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I use the Wilton mat (I like having the measurements on there), and I coat it with a THIN coating of shortening before rolling out my fondant (Satin Ice).

emiyeric Posted 27 Sep 2009 , 12:34am
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I have a silicone mat, which I absolutely ADORE, but people swear by vinyl, which is a billion times less expensive and seems to work well. As far as shortening and PS/cornstarch go, it's a matter of preference, the kind of fondant you use, and the effect you want. For the most part, I use PS lightly dusted, but for my chocolate fondant I always use powdered sugar so I don't have to deal with cleaning up the white off of my fondant later. Now, for nice cool days, I use shortening (softens the fondant better), but for hotter days when things tend to stick and melt more, I use PS. Like I said, matter of preference. Good luck!

Lauren251 Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 6:34am
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I have the wilton mat and I love it for the most part. You have to remember to wet the bottom with water or it moves around a lot. As far as not sticking, Depends on the fondant. I use marshmellow fondant and when im ready to use it i use a little crisco to soften it. When I roll it out I use a powder sugar, but not a lot and it gets rid of the shine for the most part. icon_smile.gif Hope that helps.

Caths_Cakes Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 8:02am
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ive taken to rolling my icing on cornstarch, i find its muchhhh nicer than powdered sugar, and when working with things on my hands, ive got very hot hands, the PS seems to melt and become even more sticky, but the CS, just keeps my hands smooth and lovely, i did two cakes this weekend with the CS method and it was fantastic! fondant never stuck once!

PinkLisa Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 12:17pm
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Caths_Cake -- I also have hot hands which makes it hard to work with fondant and gumpaste. I typically have used PS but that just absorbs in the fondant so I have to keep reapplying. Then I get PS marks all over the bottom of the fondant which isn't good if I'm flipping a large piece onto the cake. I'm going to try the CS and shortening and see which one works better. When I work with gumpaste, I only use shortening.

chouxchoux Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 2:58pm
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i don't like the wilton seems too thin and it moves too much..although i didn't use water underneath. i was thinking about the clear plastic that comes on a roll and you buy by the yard. is that the vinyl you are talking about? thanks

rharris524 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 4:02pm
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Yes, I was referring to the rolls of vinyl at walmart or most fabric stores

sw78 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 4:36pm
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I'm new to using fondant (only made 2 cakes so far), but I've had trouble getting the cornstarch off the fondant once it's smoothed on the cake. When I tried to wipe it off, it ended up just smearing into the fondant. I use the marshmallow type fondant. Any suggestions???

emiyeric Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 11:22pm
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Just use a small touch of Crisco on your fingertips to pass over the cornstarch once the fondant's smoothed to get rid of the powdery look. Literally, just a touch - you don't want to make a greasy finish!

cabecakes Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 12:07am
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I got a tip (I think on youtube) to put a 50/50 mixture of cornstarch and powdered sugar into a new knee high and tie it up. I've been using this tip and loving it. It sifts your mixture and only gives a light dusting. Works great.

sadsmile Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 2:53am
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Originally Posted by cabecakes

I got a tip (I think on youtube) to put a 50/50 mixture of cornstarch and powdered sugar into a new knee high and tie it up. I've been using this tip and loving it. It sifts your mixture and only gives a light dusting. Works great.

thumbs_up.gif I have used this to pass gently over my fondant to give that matte finish and take away the shiny!

Sweetsbym Posted 3 Oct 2009 , 5:54am
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I always use corn starch icon_biggrin.gif it works for me all the time!

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