Best Way To Roll Out Fondant To Get A Nice Circle

Decorating By mbark Updated 16 Jun 2010 , 3:14pm by mbark

mbark Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 3:38am
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Hi my CC peeps,
I have a 3 tiered fondant covered cake due for next weekend & have not covered too many cakes in fondant. Just wondering if there is a better way to roll the fondant into more of a circle. When I have rolled it out in the past, I roll to one side, then the other, lift & turn over and repeat but never get a nice round circle, it's always too short on one side or too long on another side. Any tips? Thanks in advance.
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CWR41 Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 4:30am
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You could try rolling it out on top of a ps or cornstarch dusted cardboard circle. For example, if you're covering a 14" cake, you'll need a 22" circle. No guessing if it's big enough, just keep rolling until it's at least that large or a little hanging off.

mbark Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 4:32am
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that's such a great idea CWR41! thanks so much!

Bunsen Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 5:05am
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I always keep the tape measure on hand then check it as I go - as long as the shortest side is long enough it will fit - I roll and turn by 90 degrees and it will be roughly circular. I go by diameter of the cake, plus 2 x height plus 2 inches so for a 9" round, 4 inches high you need 9 plus 2x4 plus 2 = 19 inches across.

jerseygirlNga Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 5:22am
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This may sound dumb but it works for me. I haven't covered many cakes and still in the learning what NOT to do.

We have granite tops and was told that its best to you a sheet of vinyl to roll on. For whatever reason, I too was always short or nicked the fondant with my fingers while measuring. So...I made circle templates. For whatever reason, my circles have gotten better, more even and it took the guess work out of it! I just slip my template under my vinyl and roll!

tweeter_bug98 Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 5:31am
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Those are great ideas!!

LeckieAnne Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 5:40am
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Helps too to roll from corner to corner if it starts to get squarish on you to keep it more round. And if I roll it too big (which I almost always do to be sure I get the thickness I want) - I use a pizza wheel to cut it into the roundish shape I want before I pick it up and put it on the cake. Too much overlap makes it hard to get it smoothed nicely because it's too heavy then and stretches too much.

tokazodo Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 10:39am
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I'm still new to fondant, but a professional baker. Someone stated to roll on vinyl?
Why not purchase a vinyl see through curtain from the dollar store, and mark the circles with black permanent maker. Use the opposite side that you mark.
You could cut the vinyl shower curtain into several squares, mark the different size circles, and have a circle for whatever size you needed.
Just roll the fondant until you hit the right sized circle. You could even use a smaller piece of vinyl shower curtain and draw a circle within a circle.
Just a thought....

Birchy Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 11:16am
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I roll it into a ball and press it out by hand 6/7" depending on the size of the cake. I then start rolling it out lightly with small turns.

MommaDukes Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 11:31am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tokazodo

Why not purchase a vinyl see through curtain from the dollar store, and mark the circles with black permanent maker. Use the opposite side that you mark.
Just a thought....




Would a vinyl shower curtain be food safe?

NerdyGirl Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 11:58am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MommaDukes

Quote:
Originally Posted by tokazodo

Why not purchase a vinyl see through curtain from the dollar store, and mark the circles with black permanent maker. Use the opposite side that you mark.
Just a thought....



Would a vinyl shower curtain be food safe?




Considering the nasty smell when opening one, I'd say "no." I'm just starting on fondant and I have the Roll & Cut Mat from Wilton. It has grid lines and circles. No guesswork!

dsilvest Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 12:24pm
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Use a long wooden 1" diameter dowel or plastic PVC pipe to help lift the fondant onto the cake. Start the edge of the fondant just at counter level on the front of the cake and let any extra fall to the back.

CakeandDazzle Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 12:28pm
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you can get vinyl from joanns, very cheap and work great!

indydebi Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 12:34pm
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Like rolling out pie dough, start with a round base and with rolling pin in the center, roll in short rolls towards the outer edge. I start in the center and roll toward 11 o'clock, toward 12 o'clock, toward one, toward two. Then rotate the dough/fondant and repeat.

mamawrobin Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 1:49pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Like rolling out pie dough, start with a round base and with rolling pin in the center, roll in short rolls towards the outer edge. I start in the center and roll toward 11 o'clock, toward 12 o'clock, toward one, toward two. Then rotate the dough/fondant and repeat.




I do the same. I also use a vinyl mat. I buy it at Wal-Mart for $2.00 a yard.

Lita829 Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 2:07pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Like rolling out pie dough, start with a round base and with rolling pin in the center, roll in short rolls towards the outer edge. I start in the center and roll toward 11 o'clock, toward 12 o'clock, toward one, toward two. Then rotate the dough/fondant and repeat.




Ditto

LindaF144a Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 2:10pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Like rolling out pie dough, start with a round base and with rolling pin in the center, roll in short rolls towards the outer edge. I start in the center and roll toward 11 o'clock, toward 12 o'clock, toward one, toward two. Then rotate the dough/fondant and repeat.




Indydeby beat me to it! I saw this technique demonstrated on a video from Bonnie Gordon.

And Wilton has a fondant roller sheet with lines. I bought one a while back and now have yet to make a fondant cake. I'm having too much fun right now making cupcakes.

mbark Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 3:14pm
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there are so many great suggestions, thanks for all your input

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