Shortening Or Ps/corn Starch For Rolling Fondant

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Rosey1120 Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 7:40pm
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I am a very amateur hobby baker and have to roll my first large piece of fondant. Is it better to use shortening or powdered sugar/corn starch on the mat to keep the fondant from sticking? I've used the powder on small pieces but am afraid I will dry out or dull the large piece and have problems with its appearance.

Thank you!

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Loucinda Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 8:36pm
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I use shortning every time I roll fondant to cover a cake. Just enough on the mat to keep it from sticking. (the first couple three rolls, I will lift the fondant up to make sure nothing is sticking) Then when it is the size I need it to be, I lift the mat up and flip the fondant onto the cake. Works like a charm! (don't use tooo much shortning - it will make your fondant too soft)

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AngelaM Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 9:06pm
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I use shortening. You only need a tiny bit, and you're not left with the problem of removing white marks from the fondant that the ps or cs will leave.

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Elcee Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 11:32pm
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My {wonderful} Wilton instuctor told us if you want it to stick to your cake, use shortening; if you intend to dry it, use PS/corn starch.

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Rosey1120 Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 11:36pm
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Thank you all so much! Shortening it is!!

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