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post #1 of 7
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What do you use to roll out fondant? Shortening? Powdered sugar? I used shortening so it doesn't stick and it get so greasy...I've tried powdered sugar and maybe wasn't using enough and what sticking a lot and wouldn't work.

Also I find that my Fondant looks cracky sometimes. How do I avoid that?
post #2 of 7
I use shortening, too. I roll it out on a vinyl mat and I find it works like a charm every time...I also warm up my fondant and knead a little bit of shortening into it before I roll it out.
I make my own MMF, are you using commercial fondant or MMF?
I've learned so much from my mistakes..... I'm thinking of making a few more!
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I've learned so much from my mistakes..... I'm thinking of making a few more!
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post #3 of 7
I like to use parchment paper, but I know others like to use "the mat" (it is a silicon matt) Also, when you are needing your fondant, use shortning to help with the cracking and store with a thin coat on the fondant before you wrap it.
post #4 of 7
I use shortening on a blue silicone mat. I also sometimes use shortening on my Wilton Roll & Cut mat if I will need to cut shapes from it (never cut on the silicone mat).
post #5 of 7
I tightly tape heavy cotton fabric to my table and dust liberally with powdered sugar. I rub the sugar into the fabric and then dust lightly for rolling. I do make sure that I have thoroughly kneaded the fondant until it is very smooth. I have warm hands so the fondant gets a bit warm as well. If you can see the fabric, dust it again with powdered sugar using a sifter.

I learned this from my mom who rolled out her biscuit dough and pies crusts on fabric dusted with flour. After 16 years, it's still my favorite technique.

After it's rolled, I use my longest roller (such as a PVC pipe) and gently roll the fondant around it. I work from the back to the front, unrolling as I go. This ensures that I get the fondant to fit well on the cake with no empty spots at the base of the cake.

HTH

Michele
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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post #6 of 7
I use corn starch on my ateco fondant mat. A little bit goes a long way. Powdered sugar makes everything sticky and shortening is a mess.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the comments. Some great ideas.
I too make my own mmf.

I will have to try some of these. I have ordered the Mat, so we will see how that works.
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