I have noticed a number of beautiful cakes on this site that have a border of fondant that has been rolled into a narrow strip. How does one roll it so precisely and not make it lumpy?
I do mine by hand - lots of flat handed rolling....I do know others use an extruder though (see my baby shower cake for the rolled border & the purse)
I've used an extruder before but it is hard for me to use. I saw Edna De La Cruz on a video once and she put a wooden down next to the piece of fondant and rolled her hand over both of them so that the fondant would be the same size as the dowel. But I just do mine with my hand too.
I use a clay gun to do mine, I find if I need a little shortening into it first it is much easier to work with .
I mix my fondant with some shortning and also use a clay extruder. I used to --and dont laugh-- use a playdoh machine. I bought one at Walmart that did hair and round strips. It worked great- besides the fact it was plastic and broke eventually-but i was fun and the lever was easy to push down on! LOL But i then grew up and got a big girl clay gun! LOL
Laugh.... I love the playdough idea! Too cute, and hey if it worked for a little while it was worth it right! Good idea! I'm just a hobby cake maker and these are the littel tid-bits I love from this site! I can't spend a fortune on caking supplies so I love to find out little tips to get the facny looks! Thaks for sharing!!!!
The cheapest, fastest way that I have found was told by Edna: take a ball of fondant, roll in your hands for a bit, then roll on counter-top between 2 dowels the same thickness you want to end up with. I roll out fast and precise and do this when I need a long strand or to mold pearls, etc. Awesome.
I remembered learning this in early elementary school when playing with clay. That way, you don't get lumps from your knuckles. Perfect results every time. Guaranteed. I love Edna.
If you are talking about the narrow strip that looks like a plain flat ribbon, you can use a pasta roller or clay roller. That's the easiest way to get the strip the same thickness all the way around. A clay roller at Hobby Lobby is $24.99. Use their 40% coupon when it comes around and you get a great deal. It can be used for many other decorations, especially with some of the cutters.