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post #16 of 28
nedd, i just want to say...you are very nice and polite icon_smile.gif I hope you have a great day and have fun figuring out how you want to use the mat.
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post #17 of 28
I also am not sure its not my MMF. I can't seem to get it where it feels like the same consistancy as the Fondx. It is either always too sticky or feels to dry. I can't seem to get that happy medium compared to the Fondx.
post #18 of 28
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Thank you Step0nmi, that's a very sweet thing to say.
And thanks, Pbuder. I totally understand what you mean since I have the same issue with my MMF, although I can't compare it to the Fondx, as I haven't yet tried that brand.
..I do want to say, I very much appreciate all the advice everyone is giving me. I am a novice cake decorator, so I find any and all advice/solutions invaluable. Thank you all again!
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post #19 of 28
if there are stickiness issues...i would say that there wasn't enough shortening used when kneading to improve the elasticity. i've only made MMF a couple times and I noticed when I used more shortening I thought it turned out much better.

also, are you letting your MMF rest overnight? have also heard that glycerin would help...just a small amount.
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post #20 of 28
I don't know anything about the Mat, but I do know this, the more shortening you use, the stickier and softer your fondant will become.

I used to make MMF and you do have to let it sit overnight. I will say this about fondx, AWESOME and it taste exactly like MMF. Not the fondx elite, but the fondx. The fondx elite works great, I just don't care for the taste.
post #21 of 28
I purchased the mat some months ago and completely regret it. It was a real waste of money for me. I just can't get it to work at all; if it rolls out without sticking then I am left with loads of air bubbles. I also find it way harder to roll with the mat than without. It's been resigned to the 'wish I'd never bought it' corner!
post #22 of 28
I've been thrilled with mine. I use MMF 95% of the time, and Fondx the other and have no problems. I seasoned it with Crisco the first time I used it. One time I didn't have my consistency right with MMF and it very slightly stuck to the Mat. I washed the Mat off in my sink with my sprayer, very hot water, and some Dawn, just rubbing it down to make sure it felt completely smooth with no trace of fondant left, then reseasoned and never had another problem again.

Another thing, I rarely let my MMF sit overnight. In fact, it's usually even slightly warm still when I use it. Without the Mat it's so stretchy and soft it's hard to use, but with the Mat it's perfect to smooth over the cake. Just a different perspective. icon_smile.gif
post #23 of 28
I've had the same issue using Satin Ice and Duff but not with the Wilton brand and I really don't like using that. I had to do a cake and was so short on time and was so frustrated it kept sticking and the fondant would rip so I ended up
having to wipe it with shortening again. It still didn't work so I just dusted it with cornstarch. It's also hard trying to roll the mat smoothly back into the case without having creases. So when I used it again it left indentations and creases also on my fondant.
post #24 of 28
I have a dumb question? How do you keep track of which side you 'cured'? When I used the mat the first few times it work wonderfully, but now I'm having problems with it sticking too. I've 're-cured' both sides with shortening as the video instructs but still having problems. The fondant as a whole comes of the mat ok, but sticks enough that the fondant is no longer smooth but grainy and i have a fine sandy like area of fondant left on the mat where I rolled it out. Any ideas?
post #25 of 28
I also had problems with The Mat. Worked well at first, but after using it a few times, could not get it to roll back up evenly and left with stretch marks/creases. I tried actually ironing it under tissue paper once to get rid of the creases, which worked, but they come back each time so not worth ironing. I'll just stick with my blue silicone mat - love that. I do use The Mat, once in a while if I've rolled out my fondant then have to go deal with something for the kids, keeps it from drying out or having to ball up and re-roll.

As far as which side is seasoned, I used a Sharpie on each sheet and marked "counter" on it, so I knew that side would always touch the counter (and no risk of Sharpie marks on fondant.
post #26 of 28

i am not able to find instruction on their site how to clean THE  MAT. Just started to use it but having problems with sticking too :( and tearing of fondant as a consequence when trying to cover cake
 

post #27 of 28

Hi, Just received "the mat" today any advise on how to wash "the mat" before first time use without creasing it? quite scared i ruin it before i even start 

post #28 of 28
I just used the mat for the first time. I wished I had joined cake central BEFORE making the purchase. The fondant stuck to the mat and it was completely ruined! It was white fondant that I had placed over chocolate buttercream. I had to throw it all out. This was to costly a result after one use. I can't even return the darn thing as Sweetwise won't accept it. I've had better luck with the Wilton fondant mat.
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