Best Way To Remove Sugar Or Cornstarch From Coloured Fondant

Decorating By J_FO Updated 14 Mar 2010 , 2:27pm by J_FO

J_FO Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 6:30am
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I am just wondering what the best way is to remove the sugar or the cornstarch you use to roll the fondant, on your finished fondant? Also I am going to make mm fondant and I would liek to know which you reccomend to use, large marshmallows or mini's?


18 replies
tesso Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 9:03am
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hi, a dry paint brush removes the powders from the fondant and as for marshmallows.. i like mini's.

SimplySassyCakes Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 8:01am
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I also use the mini marshmallows for my fondant.
To get the residue off of the fondant, you can just brush it off with a dry paintbrush or paper towel, but don't put too much pressure. Depending on how much you have, sometimes you can just lightly rub it off with your fingertips.

CakeryBakery Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 10:50am
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a steamer, stream the finished cake/fondant pieces. As for the MM fondant I only purchase mine, can't help you there.

Kims_cakes Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 11:32am
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I use mini marshmallows as well. I think they melt better. I also use a paintbrush to clean off the mmf.

Joanne1944 Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 12:20pm
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On the Satin Ice website, Ron Ben Israel has a tutorial. In it, he says to wipe the entire surface off with a damp cloth after it has been put on the cake to remove any excess powdered sugar. Has anyone tried this?

CakeryBakery Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:04am
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I have, but prefer the steamer. If you wipe with a damp cloth you must make certain the cloth will not leave any residue or streaks and it must be pretty close to dry.

monet1895 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:12am
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I've been curious about steaming...any tips or recommendations on what to use?

CakeryBakery Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:17am
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you can purchase a cheap steamer, any brand will do. Don't waste your money on the expensive brands I've spent as much a $300.00 for a steamer and it didn't work any better than my $35.00 garment steamer. Just make certain it is blowing out the steam really heavy before you attempt to use it. Also be sure to use distilled water (preserves life).

Evoir Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:18am
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After trying and failing with damp cloths and clear alcohol, I am in the dry brush camp. I do use shortening on my GP leaves to gloss them up, however!

Haven't tried steaming, but have heard that the clothes steamers are the tool you need to use.

metria Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:22am
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I gave in and bought a steamer. Works great on cakes and now I can steam my clothes!

I got the Conair Compact Garment Steamer from Walmart ~$30:

Just make sure you extend the hose upward every so often while using it. Water can build up in the hose and if it's coiled, it will start sputtering as the steam tries to escape. Straighten the hose so the excess water can fall back into the base.

rebew10 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 12:44am
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I just flat out quit using sugar/cornstarch for that very reason and only use a very light layer of shortening now.

Suebee Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 1:05am
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Dry brush or steamer work great. If you want a shiny look you can use pam cooking spray.

momma28 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 1:14am
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I use vodka in my airbrush. Works great! Am thinking of putting a steamer on my wish list but dont have one so far.

scionmom Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 1:34am
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I love the look of steaming my cakes, but when I actually bought a steamer (rather than just using my iron), it spit out water... How do I stop that?

CakeryBakery Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 2:29am
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Most importantly you want to make certain the steam is pouring out really heavy before you attempt to steam the cake.
Secondly, make sure the hose is kept straight. If not, it will allow the steam to pool, eventually "puddle" and make it's way to the top then onto your cake.

nancysmom Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 3:04am
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I purchased a steamer for my daughters wedding, and had not used it ever since. I pulled it out and use it on my cakes. I love it, It gives the cakes a nice finish.

monet1895 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 6:45am
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Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. I didn't realize you could get a steamer so inexpensively. For some reason I figured they were so much more! Might be looking into one of those.

J_FO Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 2:27pm
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Thanks for all your advice! In the end I used large marshmallows because the giant bag was on sale! And I didn't need to use anything to get the excess icing sugar off of the finished MMF, I just used my hands to get an even shape and it all came of then!! I love this fondat!

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