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Silpat vs Fat Daddios Baking Mat

post #1 of 24
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Good Morning,

I would like to purchase a baking mat for rolling my fondant onto. Do any of you use the silpat or fat daddios baking mat for this purpose? I would love to order the mat from sweetwise...but I am having trouble finding it in Canada. Any thoughts on these other two that I have found?

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post #2 of 24
I was just looking for this myself last night- they are not inexpensive so any guidance/recommendation would greatly be appreciated- TIA
post #3 of 24
I don't know what the Fat Daddio's mat is like, but depending on the Silpat you get, it may leave a very slight imprint on your fondant since they usually have a texture. This may come out when smoothing though. I haven't tried rolling out fondant on one...
post #4 of 24
I do not know what size you girls are using, but my silpat mat is very smooth. The only drawback is that it is small. and also the edges kind of slope down a little. I have no idea what fat daddios is like either, but I do agree these things are not cheap. Mine was almost if not a little over 20. and it is just barely wider than my biggest cookie sheet, but not longer. in fact not as long as. if anyone knows where I can find a big square one I would love to know. TIA. icon_smile.gif
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post #5 of 24
Mine are 23.5" x 15.75", same size as my oven racks/sheets, so if I were to ever use it for rolling out fondant, I could only do it for an 8" cake anyway. I haven't seen them bigger than this (but then again I haven't looked!). I just roll out on my stainless work surface using either crisco or cornflour so it doesn't stick.
post #6 of 24
I go to my local fabric store and in the upholstery section they have long rolls (up to 48 inches) of clear heavy plastic that is used for covering dining table chair seats to keep them clean. Some people also lay it over their tablecloths, especially if they have small children. The store usually has several thicknesses available. I get the heaviest. I usually buy a 4x4 piece and cut whatever sizes I need. I have several, 1x1, 2x2 up to 4x4 feet, 2x4 for drapes, etc. The small ones I lay flat when not in use and the big ones I keep on the roll the fabric store gave me. Wipe clean, no imprints, very inexpensive- a few dollars a yard.
post #7 of 24
I use the large blue Atco mat, you'll have to order it online but it's really worth it. I am in Canada as well. I have the Fat Daddio mat, it does leave an imprint so I use it as a working mat, you can cut on it without cutting it.
post #8 of 24
Sorry, I should have said this is what I use for rolling out my fondant and such on. Don't put this in your ovens, it's not a baking mat.
post #9 of 24
I get the tiny herringbone imprint when rolling on the Silpat. And when you are rolling out really thin it doesn't smooth out. And I once made the chioce to cut on it. That was an expensive mistake.
post #10 of 24
ok, the plastic sheeting from the fabric store, does it slip around on your surface that you are putting it on when you are rolling out the fondant or does it stay put? I also wonder if you did put some of that non-skid material under it if it would work with that plastic as it is so slick? That is the other thing that drives me nutty. When I am using my mat that I got from Wiltons and trying to roll fondant out with it I am wrestiling with the mat half the time. Actually more than that. I think if I did not have to wrestle with my mat I could get my fondant thinner with less effort. any ideas for non-slip mats would be great. or if my idea would work I would love to hear it and try it. I just don't have the money to buy things that are not going to work for me. I have to go now.
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post #11 of 24
I have the mat from sweetwise. I found it after I ordered the ateco 697 mat. I acutally really like them both. I used only the ateco mat for my second cake and it works good. There just isn't a top over the fondant like on the mat. It's thin and works well to pick it up and lay the fondant over the cake too. I ordered it from webstaurant for cheaper than than the other sites. It got here pretty quick too. Now that I have both, I use the ateco for making/kneading my fondant, then I use the mat to roll it out and place it.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by jules5000

ok, the plastic sheeting from the fabric store, does it slip around on your surface that you are putting it on when you are rolling out the fondant or does it stay put? I also wonder if you did put some of that non-skid material under it if it would work with that plastic as it is so slick? That is the other thing that drives me nutty. When I am using my mat that I got from Wiltons and trying to roll fondant out with it I am wrestiling with the mat half the time. Actually more than that. I think if I did not have to wrestle with my mat I could get my fondant thinner with less effort. any ideas for non-slip mats would be great. or if my idea would work I would love to hear it and try it. I just don't have the money to buy things that are not going to work for me. I have to go now.



Check out the ateco 697 mat that I was talking about in the post above. It is big and it works very well and it is very big (24x36). I use it on my kitchen table, which is wood, but not super smooth coated wood, but still kind of smooth and it works just fine. I'm sure if it were on a completely flat surface like a different table or a counter top it would be even better. I use a wet paper towel and wipe it over the table, then place the mat and run my hands over it to get out air bubbles and 95% of the time it will stay put. My table will move, but not my mat LOL After a while (I think after I've moved it a few times and PS has gotten under it) it will come up some, but it works great IMO. It's more expensive than the mat from sweetwise, but they both give you a good result.
post #13 of 24
Thank you everyone for your replies/recommendations- I have been thinking about getting The Mat- now- weighing the options of The Mat, The Ateco and the plastic from the fabric store (there is one right near my house)- No dount any of these options has to be better then what I'm worklng with- (the name brand, flimsy, small sheet that I bought at Michaels)--

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Mo
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by MaurorLess67

Thank you everyone for your replies/recommendations- I have been thinking about getting The Mat- now- weighing the options of The Mat, The Ateco and the plastic from the fabric store (there is one right near my house)- No dount any of these options has to be better then what I'm worklng with- (the name brand, flimsy, small sheet that I bought at Michaels)--

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Mo



One thing the chick says on the mat video is that the plastic from the stores is not food safe. Just a thought.
post #15 of 24
I love The Mat from Sweet Wise. Fron what I understand, the plastic from Micheals and other fabric stores is not food safe. You should read what Sweet Wise has to say and watch the video on their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SweetWiseInc .

Especially read the section - Why is THE MAT food safe and why should I care?
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