bolus Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 8:16pm
post #1 of

Hello all,

I am relatively new to cake decorating literally only been doing it for a couple of months. My main problem at the moment is when I am covering cakes with fondant, especially large cakes like 10 inch cakes. How do I roll out the fondant evenly and drape it over the cake without making a hole or causing it to break. I find I have to do it multiple times to get it to even stay on the rolling pin to transfer and even after that I still get a hole in it.

I would really appreciate any thoughts and tips.

 

Many thanks in advance.

18 replies
Louisekate1975 Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 8:49pm
post #2 of

AHiya, if its tearing or getting a hole in it your probably rolling it too thin. You can get guides to help with this. When picking it up to put in on the cake, scoop your arms under it as if they are two long spades - am I making sense. Then as soon as its on the cake start at the top rim for the top inch or so as, as soon as that is stuck to the cake it takes the weight of the rest of the icing draping so it shouldn't crack or tear after that. Then work your way down the cake. When it comes to covering a cake, practice makes perfect x

morganchampagne Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 8:58pm
post #3 of

A^^ good advice. Use your arms maybe instead of the rolling pain. Also I saw someone rub a small amount of shortening around the top edge of the cake they said it helps with tearing.

as you wish Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 9:12pm
post #4 of

AFor large cakes I roll out my fondant on a large silicone mat. Then I lift the whole mat, flip it over onto the cake and "peel" the mat back off the fondant. As a bonus, you don't need to use as much corn starch or powdered sugar to keep the fondant from sticking to your work surface, so it won't dry and crack.

bolus Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 9:18pm
post #5 of

AThank you all so much. These are all very good tips. I will try them all.

TamathaG Posted 29 Jul 2013 , 9:25pm
post #6 of

I bought myself "the mat" and I must say it has made covering my cakes a breeze. I read good and bad reviews about the product but decided that covering cakes was one of my big issues and I needed all the help I could get and I have never had a problem with mine!

bolus Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 7:34am
post #7 of

ASo what mat would you recommend before I go out and buy one? Thanks

DeliciousDesserts Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 10:51am
post #8 of

AWhat fondant are you using? Some tear more easily than others. This can also happen from over kneading &/or too much color.

I use a stainless steel table (purposefully got the wider one). I use the silly ole wilton pin w the rings to roll. I tried the expensive one from sweet wise, but the static is awful!

If its a large cake, I switch to a PVC pipe cut to 32".

as you wish Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 11:59am
post #9 of

A

Original message sent by bolus

So what mat would you recommend before I go out and buy one? Thanks

Some people use "the mat", which they will have to give you info on, I don't know much about it. I just use this silicone mat: http://www.goldaskitchen.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=6082&step=4

yortma Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 1:25pm

I have "The Mat"  and it works very well for me.  On smaller cakes I don't bother, but on larger cakes, it is very helpful because it makes transfer onto the cake so much easier.  There is a bit of a learning curve, and I think it works better with some fondants than others.  I use Massa Grischuna which works beautifully with the mat.  I also use Wilton and Satin Ice (for cake boards only), and they also work well with the mat.  There is a trick - after rolling out a bit, release (peel off) the top piece of plastic and lay it right back down again.  Flip the whole thing over, roll some more, release and flip.  Keep repeating until it is the size and thickness desired.  Releasing now and then keeps it rolling well, and prevents ridges and humps because it is starting to stick. It also releases more easily at the end when you put it on the cake.  It does not work well with the softer stickier fondants in my experience, such as Duff's and fondarific.  With those types I can't seem to get a smooth surface - lots of pockets/indents and doesn't peel off well.  I haven't tried homemade fondant.  HTH!

bolus Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 4:54pm

I just saw a video on "the mat" and it looks really interesting but for now I think I'm just going to try using better grade of fondant not just the supermarket brand, roll it out quite thickly and use both arms to lift it up. Over here in the UK we get the regal ice or Dr Otker fondant. can anyone suggest which is better?

Many thanks all for your replies and tips.

Louisekate1975 Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 5:45pm

AThere is also Renshaw in the uk and I also use Almond Art's own brand, I buy it on the Internet. I have tried the brand called Coverpaste but I found that abit nasty. Basically try different brands and you'll find the brand for you

Cookie4 Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 6:22pm

Just go to a craft store like Hobby Lobby if you have one close to you and purchase 1/2 yard of clear plastic in the fabric department. You know, it's the same thing your grandmother used to put over her tablecloths to protect them.  Then rub a small amount of shortening on the plastic, roll the fondant out and pickup the plastic with the fondant attached and lay the fondant side onto the cake with the plastic still attached.  The plastic will help support the fondant so it won't tear then using your fondant smoother to adhere the fondant to the top of the cake give it a few glides.  Then gently remove the plastic peeling it back off the fondant carefully.  Cut the excess fondant off the bottom of the cake board using a pizza cutter.  I've taught students to do this for years and it works very well and is cheap.  Be sure to roll the matt around a wrapping paper roll to keep it from getting creases or else the creases will transfer to the fondant the next time you roll.

Cookie4 Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 6:22pm

Oops - forgot to mention that is a very inexpensive method.  The cost of the plastic should be under $2.

as you wish Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 6:26pm

A

Original message sent by Cookie4

Just go to a craft store like Hobby Lobby if you have one close to you and purchase 1/2 yard of clear plastic in the fabric department. You know, it's the same thing your grandmother used to put over her tablecloths to protect them.  Then rub a small amount of shortening on the plastic, roll the fondant out and pickup the plastic with the fondant attached and lay the fondant side onto the cake with the plastic still attached.  The plastic will help support the fondant so it won't tear then using your fondant smoother to adhere the fondant to the top of the cake give it a few glides.  Then gently remove the plastic peeling it back off the fondant carefully.  Cut the excess fondant off the bottom of the cake board using a pizza cutter.  I've taught students to do this for years and it works very well and is cheap.  Be sure to roll the matt around a wrapping paper roll to keep it from getting creases or else the creases will transfer to the fondant the next time you roll.

Is that stuff food safe?

costumeczar Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 6:54pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by as you wish 


Is that stuff food safe?

For the amount of time you'll have the fondant on it, and the fact that it isn't being heated up, it will be fine.

Dayti Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 8:42pm

I really like PME's sugarpaste, it's not as chemical smelling as Regalice. Also, Regalice is very soft, so you barely need to knead it. PME on the other hand takes a few minutes to get to a working consistency. I also tried Squires Kitchen - hated it in both white and ivory, I haven't tried the coloured ones. It took forever to knead, kept crumbling and I felt like I was wasting my time. It did however roll out nice and thin eventually, but I think it takes some experience to use it nicely.

happy tiers Posted 30 Jul 2013 , 11:38pm

AMy book says to roll the fondant onto cornstarch but I can use powdered sugar Right? Also do yall brush anything onto the fondant to mk it shiny and not dry?

costumeczar Posted 31 Jul 2013 , 1:00am
Quote:
Originally Posted by happy tiers 

My book says to roll the fondant onto cornstarch but I can use powdered sugar
Right? Also do yall brush anything onto the fondant to mk it shiny and not
dry?

you can use powdered sugar but it could make it sticky. Corn starch is in powdered sugar, but it isn't sitcky, it will keep things dry.

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%