I have finally hyped myself up to start working with fondant. Now I'm overwhelmed with the many options that are out there . I saw an Ateco silicone mat that has great reviews. I am just starting out and don't know if I really need a $40 mat just to make cupcake decorations, especially when this is just a hobby. So let me know what you think?
I also saw a very cool looking rolling pin. It's made by Joseph Joseph and its an adjustable rolling pin with discs. I have never really worked with a rolling pin before and thought this would be a great idea, especailly when I can be a bit anal when it comes to uniformity. The idea of rolling out fondant with the same thickness makes my heart sing Can I use this wooden pin to work with fondant?
Any tips, advice, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
from your fellow CC'er
when I first started working with fondant, i just used the back-side of my large cutting boards (which was smooth). nowadays i'll work on my silicon baking mats or on freezer paper taped to my kitchen table.
i gave up using the Wilton cutting wheel mat and vinyl from a fabric store. too cumbersome for my tastes!
The mat I use is from JoAnn Fabrics...it's green, 24" x 36".
I actually use the plain side, not the side with measurements meant for laying and cutting fabric.
I have the JosephJoseph rolling pin...I purchased it specifically for cookie dough, but haven't tried it yet.
It's REALLY well made, the disks are absolutely rigid.
For small cupcake toppers however, I think it's too big...also there might be a problem when using it with fondant...according to this:
You might do better with the small Wilton rolling pin...it has rubber sizer rings that are not as rigid as Joseph's, but that work great.
I LOVE mine so much...I use it on every single cake I make.
Thanx so much for your suggestions and advice. I really appreciate it! And the great tip about the rolling pin leaving an impression.......