Rough Fondant From Extruder--Help Please?

Decorating By tarabara Updated 8 Oct 2011 , 10:09pm by Price

tarabara Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:28am
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I recently got the Walnut Hollow clay extruder from Michael's and I'm having trouble using it with my fondant. I've seen that other people have had success using this model so I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I keep adding more and more shortening to soften it up and I'm afraid that if I add any more it's just going to get goopy. Would it have anything to do with the fact that I'm using MMF instead of regular fondant? Or should I just keep adding the shortening until it's mush. Would really appreciate some help; cake is for Thanksgiving tomorrow with the in-laws (Canada). Thanks in advance!

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carmijok Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:47am
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Put the shortening on the inside of the extruder too. I don't have problems with fondant...but I do gum paste...and this helps. Just get some shortening on your pinky finger and rub it around inside the tube of your extruder. Then put your fondant in and it should help a lot. Also, the smaller the opening on your disc, the harder it is to force the fondant or gum paste through. It just takes a bit of muscle!

You don't want your fondant TOO soft or it will be hard to pick up after extruding without stretching. And if you let it dry it can crack apart. It takes some trial and error!

good luck and Happy Thanksgiving! thumbs_up.gif

tarabara Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 5:20pm
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Thanks, Carmijok! I'll have another go at it this morning. The muscle part isn't much of an issue since it's one of the ones with the crank on the end, not a lever--one less thing to worry about! I'll try the shortening trick though.

pinklatte Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 6:26pm
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Or try adding more shortening to some fondant and put that through the extruder. Might work better.

RobinO Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 7:13pm
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I use MMF in my extruder and, like you, I have the kind with a crank. You do have to add quite a bit of shortening to your fondant to make it work and avoid little cracks. Good luck!

carmijok Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:14pm
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Originally Posted by tarabara

Thanks, Carmijok! I'll have another go at it this morning. The muscle part isn't much of an issue since it's one of the ones with the crank on the end, not a lever--one less thing to worry about! I'll try the shortening trick though.




I have the crank too, it just seems like the smaller the hole, the harder one has to crank! I used it recently with one of the larger openings and I couldn't believe how smooth and quickly it came out! I love this thing!

terrylee Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:39pm
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I have one too....love it....I try and get the fondant as warm as possible by working it in
my hands...you can use the microwave but be careful...it get soft real quick. best to just use
a bit of shortening if you have to and work it with your hands.....love the hand crank....
have fun.

terrylee Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:40pm
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I have one too....love it....I try and get the fondant as warm as possible by working it in
my hands...you can use the microwave but be careful...it get soft real quick. best to just use
a bit of shortening if you have to and work it with your hands.....love the hand crank....
have fun.

Price Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 10:09pm
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I use my Walnut Hollow extruder alot. It works very well for me. I normally use Satin Ice so I can't speak for how the MMF works with it. I add a little Crisco to soften the fondant. You can also try spraying just a very small amount of Pam in the tube before putting the fondant in.

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