Going to get one of these, but was just curious how people felt about them, and if anyone had both and thought one was better than the other. Can't wait because I think it will be make covering the cake with fondant a million times easier.
I have both, and without a doubt prefer the blue mat. I have the original SweetWise Mat and it is just taking up space in my closet. I liked it at first, but after a few uses, it got warped and wrinkled (even though I stored it in the tube), I even tried ironing it, which works, but really not worth the effort when the blue mat works wonderfully. I really wanted to love The Mat...
I have a big silicone mat from Geraldine's Creative Cutters and the original Mat from Sweetwise. Unlike fullhouse, I much prefer The Mat. The silicone one, when weighted down with fondant, is difficult for me to maneuver. Plus, I like the two sheets of the Mat to keep dust, etc. off the fondant if I can't immediately apply it to the cake. I've had no difficulty with wrinkling. I do keep them rolled up in separate tubes, however. I suspect you'll get replies on both sides of the fence. This is just my personal opinion.
I had the original 'Mat' and didn't like it because it was too big and bulky for me. I just bought the home size and think I'm going to really like it. It is smaller (22" x 22"), has a measuring grid so you know how big your fondant is and it has charts for how much fondant you need. The plastic is not as slippery. I have only used it once. I had no trouble with FondX fondant but I had a total mess with Duff's fondant. They have a new larger size too.
I have both. I, too, prefer The Mat--BUT, I don't use it as a 2 piece system. I roll on a single piece with a smear of crisco. I pick up my fondant on my rolling pin and always put the rolled-on-side up.
I found the blue silicone mat hard to get clean. I roll on crisco, only, never PS or CS, and the blue mat acted like a giant dust magnet.
I also like that The Mat is cheaper, so if I accidentally cut it, I'm not out much.
I just got the latest 30" Sweetwise Pro Mat. Unfortunately I missed that instruction to rub shortening on it so it was a big disaster with fondant sticking to the mat. The ateco mat I have is a white one. I don't even know where it is. Never worked for me. It was sliding all over the countertop unlike the Sweetwise Pro mat which stays in place.
Hi, I have the Mat and the only problem is that it stick to the table and it makes air bubbles under it which you can see them on my fondant :-(. Anybody had this problem?
I have had horrible luck with my Mat as a two piece system. Like Rae posted awhile back, I started using one piece only, the top sheet actually. I use it with the bottom side up so the fondant is on the side of the Mat it was designed to be on and I can see the measurements (though backwards) for getting the correct size. I use a touch of Crisco to keep the fondant from sticking. Once I have rolled out to the correct size, I use the rolling pin to move the fondant over the cake to cover. This way the rolled side of the fondant is up and you don't get the little bubbles all over from the fondant being between the sheets.
I've seen even a lot of positive reviews for the Mat... Not sure why we didn't have the same luck!!
I have "The Mat" and I love it. I have not used the Ateco version, but The Mat works for me. One of many reasons that I love it is because it saves me from DUST and LINT. Maybe it is the air filtration system where I work, but without The Mat, I find stray little *stuff* on my fondant, - probably- only noticeable by me, but it's there. I also love the two piece system because my fondant NEVER dries out and gets elephant skin. It's kind of a life saver for me.
Jessicake, do you have trouble with bubbles appearing on the surface of your fondant when using both pieces? I too get little **things** in my fondant, and I want my Mat to work so badly as a 2 pc system. But I get tacky looking bubbles all over :(
I have the Mat, but never use it because of the "pock" marks and also because it got wrinkled and I couldn't get the wrinkles out. I use marshmallow fondant and found that it was too soft to use with the Mat. I had a hard time getting it to come off without stretching. I suppose I could just add extra powdered sugar to the fondant to make it less soft, but I was so frustrated with the "pock" marks and the wrinkles in the Mat itself that I didn't bother doinking with my recipe.
I live near the Nashville store, so I called to ask how to fix it and nothing worked. It's now in the original tube going unused.
I did buy a second one at some point and cut it into smaller pieces to use with gumpaste. I roll it out on 1 piece and then cover with the second piece to keep it from drying out.
"do you have trouble with bubbles appearing on the surface of your fondant when using both pieces? "
I do not. I think a lot of that comes from the kneading process. After I get my fondant softened and workable, I then fold it on itself carefully and try to reduce the amount of air I'm trapping. I think The Mat system of "pushing" (it's not really rolling…) the fondant out from the middle helps push any bubbles out to the edges.
Also, for lkern777 - I regularly grease my Mat with Crisco. I smear it around with a gloved hand, then wipe it off with a Viva paper towel. I think it really helps the fondant release. I have found cornstarch to be the opposite of helpful in that respect.
This weekend I covered a 16" tier with fondant. I'm not sure I could have done it as well without my Mat! I don't do a ton of fondant work, so The Mat really gives me a lot more confidence.
Hope that helps! :-)