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post #1 of 20
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I'm having problem with my Satin Ice developing elephant skin. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I don't use anything to dust with (corn starch or icing), and only use shortening. I knead it very well, roll it out, and cover the cake immediately so it won't dry out. I've tried massaging shortening into the affected area but it doesn't help. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
post #2 of 20
Michelle,
Is it ALL your SI, or is it the current batch or color that you are using? Have you tried other brands.

Elephant skin can come from the fondant being old, a bad batch, taking too long to work with it, etc.
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post #3 of 20
It could be the SI. I used SI for the last time last week when it kept tearing. Now, I have used SI for a while and this was the first time I had ever had a problem with it, but I am nervous to use it again, in light of the numerous problems that were reported with the brand this past summer and fall. It appears to me that they may not have completely solved the problem.
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Thanks so much, TexasSugar!
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post #6 of 20
I find that I get this elephant skin when I have to add a lot of color and end up mixing a lot.
post #7 of 20
I ordered a large bucket of SI and the fondant was just awful. I had the exact same problem with elephant skin, tearing, etc. I won't purchase again. I tried on several different cakes to get it to work and it was terrible. I too didn't add anything to it other than a small amount of shortening. I was really disappointed too. I've used other premade fondant and homemade fondant that performed lovely, but heard such rave reviews about the SI. I'm still not sure what went wrong. Good Luck.
post #8 of 20
Oh hello. I just asked the question yesterday on another thread as to whether Satin Ice has resolved their production problems yet. I guess this answers that question for me. Think I'll try a different brand.
post #9 of 20
Hi CountryCaker,

It looks like a lot of others have had wonderful success with SI. Maybe I just received a bad batch. I have used their chocolate fondant with good success. I don't really know why I had problems, because I'm very used to covering cakes with fondant. I could tell it wasn't right when I was rolling it. It's like it just would stay together. I need to read all of the other posts, maybe there's a special technique.

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post #10 of 20
I'm having problems with it too. Just bought a 5lb bucket at the store, rolled like normal, draped over cake and started to smooth... Instant tears and elephant skin. It was awful. I had to rip it off and redo it twice. I normally use Fondarific, but the store was out of it. Lesson learned!!
post #11 of 20
I had a friend of mine tell me to mix white with what ever color I was using. I was having a hard time too. Once I started to mix the white with it I didn't have a problem any more.
post #12 of 20
Perhaps you're kneading it a bit too well?
post #13 of 20
I find that if I put the SI in the microwave for any length of time or knead too much/too much shortening, it causes it to separate and look like elephant skin.
post #14 of 20
Use FondX. icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Now, that you mention it, I do use a lot of color, and maybe that's when it wrinkles...
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