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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I am looking around at the various fondant mats available on the market and wanted to opinions on what has worked well for others and what brands to shy away from. Any opinions would be very welcomed!

-Ren
post #2 of 18
The Mat is the only one I will ever use again. There is a slight learning curve to it, but they offer a great tutorial on Youtube. I also found certain fondant doesn't work well, but with the right combo, Satin Ice & The Mat for me . I get flawless , glass smooth fondant. Love, love , love it!
post #3 of 18
I used The Mat for the first time yesterday and fell in love! The fondant (MMF) rolled out smooth and I didn't have to use any icing sugar which is of course more economic but also no clean up - yay, I wish I'd have found it earlier.
post #4 of 18
It sonds like you're looking for something fancy, but a plain thick piece of vinyl (like they use to cover tables) from the fabric store has always worked really well for me. I just replace it about once a year.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you, everyone!

I saw the tutorial for The Mat last night on Youtube, which is what spawned my search, lol!
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

It sonds like you're looking for something fancy, but a plain thick piece of vinyl (like they use to cover tables) from the fabric store has always worked really well for me. I just replace it about once a year.



I am with you 100%.
Guided by this forum, I purchased a plain, thick, smooth piece of clear vinyl from the local furniture store.
It works brilliantly.
Because I got the end of the roll, I got a 3 metre sheet for around eight dollars.
I cut it into two pieces and put one away for when needed, later.
As I have to count every dollar, I was delighted with the outcome.
post #7 of 18
I'm new here and was reading previous posts about The Mat. I'm surprised people don't prefer a product that is food safe over saving a couple dollars.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by CakeDay

I'm new here and was reading previous posts about The Mat. I'm surprised people don't prefer a product that is food safe over saving a couple dollars.



Many of us have been using fondant a lot longer than The Mat has been around. I've been using vinyl for years. That was the only way to get a big enough rolling surface. I don't believe that vinyl is dangerous to use...it's used for blood bags and medical tubing, kids toys are made from it, it's used in pipes for drinking water, car interiors, shower curtains, floors, kitchen countertops (that's what laminate countertops are made with). Why change what's been working well for me for many years, just because somebody came up with a new product?
post #9 of 18
Does anyone have advice for using the mat and how to avoid bubble marks? When we roll out our fondant, it is never completely smooth and has little air pockets that develop between the mat and the fondant. Using MMF.
Thanks!
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sugarbellies-there is a great tutorial on The Mat on Youtube that shows all the tricks and techniques. You might try that, to see if it has answers...

Well, I went a head and ordered The Mat. I live in rural, NY so most of my supplies have to be ordered online, anyway. I figured I'd pay the few dollars more to get The Mat. We shall see when it comes : )
post #11 of 18
Thanks Ren. I have watched it but not really helping, unfortunately. When I roll out the fondant, I find the mat invaluable for moving it and rolling evenly. It just doesn't leave a very smooth surface. If you find a good trick when you get yours, let me know! The Mat has made covering my cakes a lot less stressful!
post #12 of 18
Sweet Wise's Channel has a video called care and cleaning and the girl in the video talks about poc marks. here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K996n3hYds4
post #13 of 18
I am not a big fan of mats. I find it is a lot more mess and difficult to roll it out.
May be i should try the vinyl once. Thanks Texas Rose
post #14 of 18
Thanks Cake Day!! I will try that next time (dusting with powdered sugar and rolling slightly). I hadn't seen that video before and it was a big help!
post #15 of 18
The Mat and Satin Ice! Works every time. I can't count how many times I've watched the videos on youtube, especially the one about covering a square cake. thumbs_up.gif
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