Jody130 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 2:40pm
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Has anyone purchased this mat?? If so do you like it?? Online with Caljava it states works best with Fondax, does it also work ok with MMF?? Interested in purchasing but wanted to see others opinions.
Thanks for your help!

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sarkee Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 2:52pm
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I bought it because of all the talk on here, received it about 2 weeks ago. It is the absolute best thing since cake itself. I used it w/ MMF. No problems. Allow yourself a little time to just get used to it, but worked beautifully. Can't wait to use it again.

ddaigle Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 2:54pm
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I've been using a "mat" for a long time....bought at the fabric store a lot cheaper. I also never used the "double" mat system. I love using a mat...it's the only way I will cover a cake with fondant, but mine was waaaaaaaay cheaper.

weirkd Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:02pm
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I bought it and I love it!! I think it works better than even the silpat type mats on the market. I have two of them and every time I trim using my pizza cutter, it cuts the thing up. It also will stain with some of the petal colors. Ive done both on The Mat and have had no problems what so ever.
I can tell you that you can buy the same vinyl at a fabric store probably for cheaper. Ive used the same method for rolling out pie dough and used press and seal for years and never thought to try it with fondant!! One of those Duh moments that I could of made a bundle off of it if I had thought of it first!!! lol

winny01 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:05pm
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I too bought the Mat. I have mixed reviews. The first time I used it, it was okay. The second time I used it the fondant stuck all over it. I had to use a whole new batch of fondant. I used MMF both times. If I use it again I might just use the bottom mat and see how that works.

beenie51 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:22pm
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I have used the mat and I like the way the "mat" works. I used with wilton fondant and had no problem at all. Made adding fondant easy and quick.
REMEMBER, that the mat is food safe, the vinyl you purchase at the fabric store is not. If going to all the trouble of keeping things that go on and in the cake food safe why use a product that is not considered food safe.

kelleym Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:29pm
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I bought The Mat, and I'm very happy with it. It works exactly as demonstrated in the video, and I really, really like knowing that it is food safe. In general, I think that us cake decorators are so "resourceful" that we end up using a lot of tools on our cakes that weren't meant to touch food -- craft store vinyl being one of them. I will always support a product that is made for our craft with food safety in mind.

Niki11784 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:47pm
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I just got the mat and I LOVE it! It used to take me a half hour to cover one cake. I just made a 4 tier cake and it took 30 minutes to cover all of them. I used homemade MMF, and I just made sure it wasnt too sticky and it was totally fine. I completely recommend it- worth every penny!

sillywabbitz Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 3:54pm
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I love the Mat but I used it with Duff fondant and it stuck. Not sure if I haven't used it enough to get it seasoned or if it's the brand of fondant. I'm going to do some experiments with other fondants and see how it goesicon_smile.gif

SweetSouthernBakery Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 4:19pm

I've taken classes at Sweetwise which is the company that makes "The Mat" and people that were in the class as well used all different kinds of fondant including Duff's and it all works. However all of the mats used there are very well seasoned so that does help. I bought my own mat and the first few times it got stuck in a few places but it never created bny issues with the fondant. Just make sure that you season your mat very well and it does get better with use. Good Luck

CakeCrystals Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 4:36pm

I purchased the "MAT" last year and I absolutely LOVE IT!! I used Satin Ice fondant and MMF and the "MAT" worked like a charm. Both types of fondant rolled easily with no sticking. Before the "MAT" is used the blue Ateco mat and the "MAT" beat it hand downs. I just wish that I knew about a lot sooner then maybe my fondant work would have looked a lot better.

divinecc Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 4:42pm

I got THE MAT for Christmas it works great but it seems to leave marks on the fondant from air bubbles??? When I roll out on my counter with the same fondant it is smooth...any help?

Niki11784 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 4:45pm

They put out a new video to solve the problem. They call it pockmarks.

divinecc Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 6:32pm

Yea I saw that but they say its because you have too much color in it or knead it wrong but in my case that doesn't make sense because if I roll the same batch out onto my counter or pampered chef mat it doesn't do it????

LindaF144a Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 7:50pm

As I have said on other threads about this product, I love it. In fact I am going to buy more for my cakery. We will use that until I can afford a sheeter. But right now we are looking to put a sheeter in the business plan. Yay!

Jody130 Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 8:12pm

Thanks to all of you for your response!! I'm going to order it right now!!

BlakesCakes Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 9:22pm
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Originally Posted by ddaigle

I've been using a "mat" for a long time....bought at the fabric store a lot cheaper. I also never used the "double" mat system. I love using a mat...it's the only way I will cover a cake with fondant, but mine was waaaaaaaay cheaper.




Yes, but it's not food safe vinyl.

Creating and marketing food safe products add cost to those products, but it's a worthwhile cost in the end.

Rae

Jody130 Posted 17 Feb 2011 , 6:43pm

I just got THE MAT, and have read on here to season good before use, exactly what is the seasoning part?? Do I use Crisco?? Can anyone explain to me??
Thanks in advance!

CakeCrystals Posted 17 Feb 2011 , 6:46pm

Yes, just use a thin layer of crisco on the MAT and then wipe off excess.

KateLS Posted 17 Feb 2011 , 7:07pm
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Originally Posted by divinecc

Yea I saw that but they say its because you have too much color in it or knead it wrong but in my case that doesn't make sense because if I roll the same batch out onto my counter or pampered chef mat it doesn't do it????




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldnTKDjlMes

At about 5:30, she gives a suggestion to help with the marks. I also had them a lot and discovered it was from first putting too much shortening on when seasoning and then having too much air get trapped. So I suggest wiping your mat off more and trying this method in the video.

Good luck!

KateLS Posted 17 Feb 2011 , 7:09pm
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Originally Posted by Jody130

I just got THE MAT, and have read on here to season good before use, exactly what is the seasoning part?? Do I use Crisco?? Can anyone explain to me??
Thanks in advance!




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldnTKDjlMes

She shows it at about 1:14.

Good luck!

joejessaustin Posted 19 Sep 2011 , 2:16am

I got the mat this week and used it for the first time yesterday. I have to say I LOVE IT!! I can't say enough wonderful things about it! It worked just like the video. I was so nervous about the fondant sticking and not working. I used Satin Ice and MMF. Now, I don't mind when I have to use fondant! I should have bought this earlier!

shenglu Posted 19 Sep 2011 , 7:38am

I think our cake decorating "resourceful", so we end up on our cake, does not mean that touch food with a lot of tools - craft shops ethylene is one of them. I will continue to support, we take into account food safety technology into the product.

kger Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 4:33am

Should I get 1 or 2? The video I saw was using 2 mats.

BlakesCakes Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 4:53am
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Originally Posted by kger

Should I get 1 or 2? The video I saw was using 2 mats.




When you buy it, you get 2. It's a system designed to roll the fondant between the 2 sheets.

Personally, I only roll on top of one sheet--always have. I find that the sheet, always stuck to the end of my counter but covered when not being used to roll out fondant or modeling chocolate, lasts about a year. Not bad, in my opinion.

rae

Spooky_789 Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 6:35pm
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

I love the Mat but I used it with Duff fondant and it stuck. Not sure if I haven't used it enough to get it seasoned or if it's the brand of fondant. I'm going to do some experiments with other fondants and see how it goesicon_smile.gif




Most of the reviews over on Wilton of The Mat and Duff's fondant have not been good. Something about Duff's fondant just doesn't jive well with it. I have no personal experience with Duff's fondant.

I have only rolled out MMF on my Mat and it works great!

Debbye27 Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 6:53pm

do you have a link for 'the mat'?
I use a pink rubbery mat I got from amazon - it says NY cakes on it....and I LOVE it! I rub it with shortening everytime I use it and never have sticking...I use MMF, I've even make the fondant on the mat, wipe it down, rub with shortening again, then roll out my fondant on it.....I don't use powdered sugar at all.

Is 'the mat' something different from what I have?

lilscakes Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 7:10pm

[quote="BlakesCakes"]

Quote:
Originally Posted by ddaigle

I've been using a "mat" for a long time....bought at the fabric store a lot cheaper. I also never used the "double" mat system. I love using a mat...it's the only way I will cover a cake with fondant, but mine was waaaaaaaay cheaper.




Yes, but it's not food safe vinyl.

Creating and marketing food safe products add cost to those products, but it's a worthwhile cost in the end.

I don't think this differs from using a "paint roller" designed for paint, to smooth your BC (Melvira's method), & other tools designed for other uses, but adapted to caking. The vinyl is designed to be used as a tablecloth cover, so the fact it's not food safe is up to the individual using it. I personally have used that type of vinyl with great success for a long time. Most people won't eat the fondant on a cake anyway as it's not the most palateable stuff...no matter what type you use. Just my 2 cents .....

KateLS Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by Debbye27

do you have a link for 'the mat'?
I use a pink rubbery mat I got from amazon - it says NY cakes on it....and I LOVE it! I rub it with shortening everytime I use it and never have sticking...I use MMF, I've even make the fondant on the mat, wipe it down, rub with shortening again, then roll out my fondant on it.....I don't use powdered sugar at all.

Is 'the mat' something different from what I have?




Yes, it is different. Here's the link.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SweetWiseInc

Debbye27 Posted 17 Feb 2012 , 9:28pm

Oh - how do you store it?
I have this one -
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Pink-Silicone-Mat-24/dp/B0059J8MY8

My only complaint is that I wish it came with something to store it in.

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