Loving The Mat!

Decorating By TabbieCakes Updated 25 Nov 2010 , 3:59pm by cakegirl1973

TabbieCakes Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 9:01pm
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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know I received The Mat today, and I LOVE IT!

I ordered it Monday and received it here in Brooklyn, NY on Friday.

I made some fondant to which I think I added too much gum-tex. The fondant was rock hard so I had to microwave it because I had no time to make a fresh batch.

Even after microwaving it, kneading the crap out of it and adding Crisco, it was still pretty tough. If I had to roll it out without The Mat, I know for sure: a) it would have taken forever to get it thin enough to work with; and b) when it came time to pick it up to transfer, it would surely have crumbled.

Well not so with The Mat! It made my life so much easier today.

If you have any questions about it, let me know and I will try to answer though I have only used it once so far.

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anjaligg Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 9:26pm
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Which website did you order it from? I can't seem to find it!!!

sillywabbitz Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 9:56pm
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I am so jealous. I'll be ordering mine soon. Anjaligg its from www.sweetwise.com

And you can't beat the price $15 for the 2 piece set. Definately watch the youtube video on their site. Very cool.

anjaligg Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 10:11pm
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Thanks for letting me know....will be ordering mine soon!!!

TabbieCakes Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 10:11pm
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

I am so jealous. I'll be ordering mine soon. Anjaligg its from www.sweetwise.com

And you can't beat the price $15 for the 2 piece set. Definately watch the youtube video on their site. Very cool.




Couldn't have said it better myself!

The mats are each about 30"x30" in case anyone was wondering. I only used one of them today folded in half.

crazyladybaker Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 11:05pm
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ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I must have this! Thank you for posting that icon_biggrin.gif

JulieMN Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 12:01am
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Oh...something new for my wish list!

crazyladybaker Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 12:33am
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They do have some great videos icon_smile.gif

crazyladybaker Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 12:40am
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me again....lol You know what? My hubby goes to Nashville pretty often on business and I am thinking I might just ride along with him one of these times and take a class there. I have yet to find anyone in the Charlotte area that offers classes that impress me.
I go to the bakeries whenever I can and look at their finished products in the case and in their books but most of it just doesn't strike me as "wow, I want to learn from them".
Does that make sense?

That blown/pulled sugar class looks like something I would LOVE to take!

mmdiez10 Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 1:07am
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I got mine this week. I confess, I had seconds thoughts before ordering it, thinking that perhaps the vinyl that is sold at Walmart would be cheaper and do the same thing. But the words "food safe" were haunting me. That's what convinced me. I would rather pay a few extra dollars and have the piece of mind that the product I am working with is manufactured specifically for food. I tried it with some gumpaste and it worked like a charm. Tomorrow I will try it with MMF. I don't regret the investment. And I love the storage case. Nice and clean and dust free and no wrinkles.

psmith Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 1:20am
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I ordered the Mat yesterday. I can't wait to try it! I'm hoping it will make working with fondant easier for me. I'll report how it goes when I make a cake with it soon! icon_biggrin.gif

walterak Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 2:08am
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I have used...or shall I say attempted to use...mine twice. The first time it ROCKED...though after the first batch, it seemed to be a magnet for EVERYTHING in the air. I managed with it though and it turned out awesome...

I tried to use it again this week and no luck. I ended up doing the messy way with corn starch and pwd sugar on the counter. Was NOT happy...was SOOOO close to calling. My fondant would not roll at all. It was soft enough...for sure. AND...the mat kept rolling up and creasing with my rolling pin. Very frustrating.

I am going to give it another try this week for my SIL baby shower cake. I gave it a real good washing and hung it dry, then rolled it up like they say and put it in the container it was mailed in. I have never folded it...and I put shortening on it before the first use just like it said. I really don't know what to do about the fondant not rolling out. Even DH tried to get it to move and it wouldnt budge past a certain point...and it was WAYYYYYYYY too thick to put on the cake. Had a LOOOOONNNNGGGG way to go.


Guess we will see next time. It better work better or I might throw something!

BlakesCakes Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 2:20am
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ok I just looked at the video and it sure looks like the vinyl I get at walmart by the yard.............works just the same




Yes, but your vinyl from WalMart ISN'T FOOD SAFE..........The MAT is food safe.

Sort of the same reasons we changed over from using paraffin to paramount crystals, vegetable shortening instead of lard, why we don't store food in plastic bags that aren't made for food, etc.

Rae

crazyladybaker Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 11:52am
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The food safe issue caught my attention too. I also have a big piece of Vinyl that I have used from watching the video it does not seem as pliable as the Mat does. I am going to order next week icon_smile.gif

LindaF144a Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 3:33pm
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its table cloth vinyl, people use it on there tables.....so I would think its fine....it looks exactly like their plastic....




People may put the vinyl on their tables, but then they put their food on a plate and put the plate on the table.

As for rolling out on the counter, the counter does not have industry-side products like the cheap walmart vinyl does, and probably more seeing how it is made on China. I'm talking about things like metal, glass, lead and other stuff that they figured must be okay because people eat off of plates and not the table cloth.

As for me I would rather give 15 dollars to a small USA company with the product made in the USA, than 3 dollars to wallie world. The extra 12 dollars will be a better investment if you look at the bigger picture. Sometimes there is more to think about than just cost.

gatorcake Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 4:03pm
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

its table cloth vinyl, people use it on there tables.....so I would think its fine....it looks exactly like their plastic....



People may put the vinyl on their tables, but then they put their food on a plate and put the plate on the table.

As for rolling out on the counter, the counter does not have industry-side products like the cheap walmart vinyl does, and probably more seeing how it is made on China. I'm talking about things like metal, glass, lead and other stuff that they figured must be okay because people eat off of plates and not the table cloth.

As for me I would rather give 15 dollars to a small USA company with the product made in the USA, than 3 dollars to wallie world. The extra 12 dollars will be a better investment if you look at the bigger picture. Sometimes there is more to think about than just cost.




I am just curious how you know the product is "made in the U.S.A"? Looked around and cannot find anything about what makes this product food safe nor where or how its made it is made. As Sweet Wise seems to be a bakery it is doubtful they are making vinyl, which means it would come from somewhere else.

CakeCrystals Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 4:42pm
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I say contact SweetWise and ask them about the manufacturing of their product, and I'm pretty sure they can answer all of your concerns/questions.

madgeowens Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 5:15pm
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I see what you are saying.............it would really be funny if they were buying the same thing I am and reselling it...I mean really how do you know where it comes from and.....can you tell me what it is made of?

BlakesCakes Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 10:53pm
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I see what you are saying.............it would really be funny if they were buying the same thing I am and reselling it...I mean really how do you know where it comes from and.....can you tell me what it is made of?




You know, the poster from SweetWise had posted several times about their desire to find food safe vinyl.

They acutally had store-bought vinyl analyzed and realizing that it wasn't food safe, they had a food safe product custom made.

After testing, they went the extra step to have it double polished so that it would be virtually non-stick.

I have no doubt that there was significant cost in testing and development and they surely had to have a minimum order for the first run of the product. All of this costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

I'm certain that no one is trying to pull the wool over any of our eyes.

As for tablecloths--they don't have to be food safe because, as another poster pointed out, they are not meant for food to be served on them. A plate is supposed to be the barrie between the cloth and the food--that way, the printing on the cloth can contain lead, cadmium, etc...............

Rae

madgeowens Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 10:59pm
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ok well thank you so much blakescakes for all this valuable information....I would be curious as to what makes this food safe....I will have to investigate this further.....I will say....no one ever eats the fondant lol so I don't worry too much about that....when they come up with a fondant people like I will install a great new counter top to roll it out on icon_smile.gif Thanks again for the info

madgeowens Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 11:04pm
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Originally Posted by CakeCrystals

I say contact SweetWise and ask them about the manufacturing of their product, and I'm pretty sure they can answer all of your concerns/questions.




Good advice I will do that...thanks

crazyladybaker Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 12:01am
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

ok well thank you so much blakescakes for all this valuable information....I would be curious as to what makes this food safe....I will have to investigate this further.....I will say....no one ever eats the fondant lol so I don't worry too much about that....when they come up with a fondant people like I will install a great new counter top to roll it out on icon_smile.gif Thanks again for the info




I love fondant if it's made correctly. And many of my cake requests are fondant covered cakes and yep, they do eat it icon_lol.gif
I actually have one customer that wants the fondant scraps and her husband eats it plain. Now, that isn't something I would do ...just saying... icon_biggrin.gif

madgeowens Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 12:26am
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my grand daughter loves my fondant....its too chewy to me....and most people just don't like it, so I don't worry about that ...I hate liver and my husband loves it(eck)

TabbieCakes Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 2:44pm
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Thank you Sweet Wise for all that valuable information!

I'm LOVING THE MAT! even more now that I know I've purchased a product made in the USA and with such caring standards.

And to those that have doubts about fondant eaters ... since I switched from Wiltons to homemade MMF, I can't stop people from eating it! It's unbelievable.

I recently made a cake covered in fondant grapes. The grapes were coated in petal & luster dusts so they had a sparkle to them, and I imagined a "dusty" taste. Figuring people wouldn't eat something that had a sparkly coating, I didn't think twice.

The first comments I got were, "Wow! What were those grapes made of? They were delicious." LOL! I couldn't believe it, so I asked my husband to try a leftover grape, thinking seriously, they must taste dusty. Nope! He loved it!

madgeowens Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 3:20pm
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Thank you sweetwise for all this information, I had no idea there was lead in tablecloth material....wow, not good.....I will seriously consider ordering the Mat soon...thanks again...looks like a great product for cake decorators!

crazyladybaker Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 4:21pm
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Thank you Sweetwise for taking the time to share all that info! I shot an email to your shop earlier for an order and am looking forward to the mat.
Also, I am coming TN way for a class or maybe two icon_smile.gif I just printed out the schedule for this month and now need to work hubby's schedule into this.
He goes there about once a month so I am thinking I need to tag along more often icon_biggrin.gif

madgeowens Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 9:53pm
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oh, and I have used professional quality fondant, and they like home made better(those who like fondant)...so I go with making bc the star for sure icon_smile.gif

Mommy2ThreeBoys Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 10:27pm
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Can't wait to order mine on Friday! I have trouble moving it from the table top to the cake, so after watching the video I'm very excited to use it. I think I'll use fondant more often this way. icon_smile.gif

crazyladybaker Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 11:44pm
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Just ordered The Mat! Yahoo.. icon_biggrin.gif
Ordering was super easy and they even take Paypal which makes my life so much easier.
Can't wait to try it!

Caths_Cakes Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 11:58pm
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Sweetwise, i love the video on the mat.

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