I let mine dry or it will stick to the paper towels...
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I am sure medium consistency would be fine but I use stiff because I don't like to wait to use the viva towel...I use it right away after the hot knife. Now that said...I am a rock climber and have really good forearms getting a stiff icing out of an 18 tip is no easy task stiff.
I make my own fondant and it has a great flavor but nothing compares to the flavor of my buttercream, plus I think I can smooth a buttercream cake better than a fondant cake...since most of my cakes are buttercream I get lots of practice.
Doing fondant is a lot faster if you buy the fondant but since I make my own by hand and the mixer makes the buttercream...the time making the fondant and the time icing a cake in buttercream is about the same. I can ice a 14/11/8/5 in about 1 1/2 hours which is not that bad.
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I have successfully used hot water before but never in combination with the Viva towels. I will definitely try this. Although I love the clean look of fondant, most kids seem to prefer buttercream (even to marshmallow fondant) so most of my cakes are done this way and it is extremely tedious getting the clean, smooth look. Thanks for the tip.