Ok i remember learning that using flour on fondant (to make easier to roll out...you know!) will actually make it dry out quicker! So i was wondering what was the mixture that you should use instead of flour. I think possibly there was something about corn starch or a mix with flour. Ok thanks for any opinions or comments
I'm fairly new with fondant too - but it lasts plenty long to work with to roll out with cornstarch at least for the smaller pieces. Based on information I read here, I've started using shortening on my mat for larger pieces and that seems to work better and may also keep the fondant a little softer.
First of all I have NEVER heard of using flour. I use a little crisco on a vinyl mat and then after I transfer my fondant to the cake I dust with powdered sugar so that I'm able to use my smoother.
You can use cornstarch though some say this will dry out the fondant.
You can use powder sugar, though some say this makes things sticky.
Or you can use crisco/shortening. With this you can pick up your mat and lay it and the fondant over the cake.
I use crisco for large amounts of fondant and powder sugar and/or cornstrach for smaller amounts.
I've been told that flour shouldn't be used since the fondant isn't going to be cooked...
I use mostly shortening, but I'll also use powdered sugar.
I've never tried cornstarch.