Everytime I use the diamond impression mat, it sticks to my cake. My imprint looks aweful. Also the mats has gotten gummed up a little. They are very hard to clean. Any tips to keep it from sticky to icing? I thought about adding more sugar to my bc.
The cake is bc not fondant. I have to use it on a wedding cake coming up soon. Also what should I use for the pearls?
I'm no expert, but I've used it a few times.
Put some cornstarch in a new clean knee-hi, , and pounce that on the mat. After using, wipe with paper towel, then pounce again.
I've never had mine stick, so I hope that helps!!
I use mine on butter cream, I sprinkle mine with powder suger and sometimes I rub mine very lightly with crisco (very lightly) and use the powder sugar
I fill my sink with soapy hot water and let my mat sit wash then rinse
The pearls can be purchased from cake specialty stores. I got mine from GlobalSugarArt.com, but I've also seen them in a local specialty shop here in VA. I don't believe Michael's or ACMoore carries them.
I have made my own pearls, a tedious procedure but effective. I make them out of fondant, as the first ones I ever made I used gumpaste and was afraid someone might break a tooth! Taking a small portion at a time, roll it out about 1/4" thick. Then punch out several discs using a drinking straw. (You can vary the size by the thickness of the fondant or the diameter of the straw--Jack In The Box makes a nice fat one). You can also use round piping tips as your cutter. Roll them around in your palm with the index finger and then drop into a small container in which you've placed a small amount of pearl dust. It is easier to purchase them ready-made, but I sit and watch TV while making pearls and it goes fairly fast. If I need swags or ropes, I use a pearl maker which is a press that makes several connected. They can be purchased at cake supply stores or online and come in various shapes and sizes.
I put my impression mat in the dishwasher, and it comes out fine. When using it I dust it with a little cornstarch and knock off the excess. I have only used it with fondant or a crusting BC. Not sure what might happen if you try to use it with a non-crusting BC.
Thanks for all the replys and tips. I will try it next week.
You guys are so helpful
i purchased the plastic impression but it to hard for one person to hold for bc, i probably use the rubber ones's?