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post #1 of 22
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How do I get the cornstarch off of fondat? Last night i did little cut outs for my daughter's birthday cupcakes for school an they had the cornstarch on them. I used a little paint brush to brush them off but I'm wondering if there's a "secret" or "trick" to doing it or is brushing it off the "norm"? Thanks! icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 22
You can just dab a little shortening on it, let it dry and you'll get a perfect plastic-y feeling. Or you could apply a bit of steam from an iron. icon_smile.gif
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post #3 of 22
before i cut them out, i wipe off the excess sugar/cornstarch on the back side of the fondant and spray the front with oil and brush off. once done or hardened, flip them and brush the back.
post #4 of 22
shortening works like magic to restore the satiny surface.
post #5 of 22
I use a clothes steamer!
post #6 of 22
Shortening...it doesn't get all sticky and just wipes right off! I have dvd's from cake professionals and that's what they do. hth!
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post #7 of 22
I have heard you can take a small wad (or ball, I guess) of fondant and rub it over the cornstarched fondant and it removes it.
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post #8 of 22
Shortening works great! I use it all the time. If you have an airbrush you can mist it with a little bit of vodka. This is good for getting those tiny hard to get areas. Don't use steam or water of any kind. It will get gooey.
post #9 of 22
The easiest thing is to never have cornstarch on the fondant icon_wink.gif

You can roll it on shortening and never have to clean up another powdery mess icon_lol.gif

Rae
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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

The easiest thing is to never have cornstarch on the fondant icon_wink.gif

You can roll it on shortening and never have to clean up another powdery mess icon_lol.gif

Rae



Agreed with you when you in the case of rolling out fondant but there are times when cornstarch is necessary. As soon as I lay fondant on my cake I dust cornstarch on it. Otherwise, my fondant smoothers just won't glide across the fondant to in order to make it nice and smooth. Also, if you like to use letter and number cutters like I do the only way to get them out is by making your fondant nice and dry with cornstarch. If you want to do any kind of fondant drapery or pleating you gotta use cornstarch or the fondant will stick together. I can think of a many, many other incidences when cornstarch is a must.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by pbhobby

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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

The easiest thing is to never have cornstarch on the fondant icon_wink.gif

You can roll it on shortening and never have to clean up another powdery mess icon_lol.gif

Rae



Agreed with you when you in the case of rolling out fondant but there are times when cornstarch is necessary. As soon as I lay fondant on my cake I dust cornstarch on it. Otherwise, my fondant smoothers just won't glide across the fondant to in order to make it nice and smooth. Also, if you like to use letter and number cutters like I do the only way to get them out is by making your fondant nice and dry with cornstarch. If you want to do any kind of fondant drapery or pleating you gotta use cornstarch or the fondant will stick together. I can think of a many, many other incidences when cornstarch is a must.



That's OK. I respectfully disagree.

I was taught to never turn my fondant over, so the surface of my fondant for cake covering is dry & shiny. My smoother glides over it very nicely.

For many types of letter & number cutters, you can actually stick your fondant/gum paste to the cutting surface with shortening, use the cutter, and have the cut piece ready to pick up off of the cutting surface with a palette knife. For more dimensional cutters, I dust the cutter with CS so lighlty that it doesn't adhere to the surface of the fondant. I let the fondant sit and dry for about 10 mins. before cutting. The items fall right out of the cutter and there's not CS residue stuck to it.

As for pleating & draping, again, because I don't turn my fondant over--or I've run it thru my pasta maker-- it isn't sticky and can be manipulated easily.

I very rarely reach for CS for any application. When making flowers, I sometimes like the gum paste to move on the board so that I get very clean edge cuts, so I'll dust the board using CS in a pantyhose, but I'm going to be dusting & steaming those flowers, so the CS isn't an issue.

Rae
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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

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Originally Posted by pbhobby

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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

The easiest thing is to never have cornstarch on the fondant icon_wink.gif

You can roll it on shortening and never have to clean up another powdery mess icon_lol.gif

Rae



Agreed with you when you in the case of rolling out fondant but there are times when cornstarch is necessary. As soon as I lay fondant on my cake I dust cornstarch on it. Otherwise, my fondant smoothers just won't glide across the fondant to in order to make it nice and smooth. Also, if you like to use letter and number cutters like I do the only way to get them out is by making your fondant nice and dry with cornstarch. If you want to do any kind of fondant drapery or pleating you gotta use cornstarch or the fondant will stick together. I can think of a many, many other incidences when cornstarch is a must.



That's OK. I respectfully disagree.

I was taught to never turn my fondant over, so the surface of my fondant for cake covering is dry & shiny. My smoother glides over it very nicely.

For many types of letter & number cutters, you can actually stick your fondant/gum paste to the cutting surface with shortening, use the cutter, and have the cut piece ready to pick up off of the cutting surface with a palette knife. For more dimensional cutters, I dust the cutter with CS so lighlty that it doesn't adhere to the surface of the fondant. I let the fondant sit and dry for about 10 mins. before cutting. The items fall right out of the cutter and there's not CS residue stuck to it.

As for pleating & draping, again, because I don't turn my fondant over--or I've run it thru my pasta maker-- it isn't sticky and can be manipulated easily.

I very rarely reach for CS for any application. When making flowers, I sometimes like the gum paste to move on the board so that I get very clean edge cuts, so I'll dust the board using CS in a pantyhose, but I'm going to be dusting & steaming those flowers, so the CS isn't an issue.

Rae



Rae,
Your cakes are beautiful and you are clearly a very talented decorator. If I've learned one thing in my years of decorating cakes I've learned that there are many different techinques out there and everyone needs to choose what works best for them. I personally have found times when I like to use CS. thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 22
Yep, there's more than one way to skin a cat icon_lol.gif
Nobody's right all of the time.
Have an open mind.
Try it, you might like it.
What works for some, might not work for others.
Do what works best for you.

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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.--Terry Pratchett (b.194
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post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

Yep, there's more than one way to skin a cat icon_lol.gif
Nobody's right all of the time.
Have an open mind.
Try it, you might like it.
What works for some, might not work for others.
Do what works best for you.

Rae

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post #15 of 22
I paint the cake with vodka. Always works for me. Personally I find it easier than shortening because I can get a tiny little paint brush in hard to reach places. Just the method that works for me icon_biggrin.gif
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