I've been practicing rolling out fondant and covering cakes with The Mat using some dummies. First I used Wilton fondant. I rolled it out a bit thicker than normal as I read this might help prevent tearing at the sharp edges of dummies and hide any imperfections on the dummies. Worked fine. I tried rolling it out a little thinner, and it worked even better. BTW, these have been round dummies. Loving The Mat at this point.
Next, I tried using Satin Ice fondant on a square. Smoothing out the fondant and getting perfect edges was wonderful! However, I got a lot of little holes. I read a thread on here from someone who had a similar problem and people advised her that she might not have kneaded it enough and maybe to even microwave it a bit before kneading. I microwaved my Satin Ice a little, then kneaded and kneaded and kneaded. Much better! Not perfect, but much better. Still loving how nicely the Satin Ice lays down on the cake - my edges come out perfect!
Here's where the real problem comes. My next attempt is with Satin Ice and The Mat and a round. I'm getting better at kneading more and getting less holes. BUT, now I'm getting large dents in the fondant! I've covered an 8" round TWICE now with the same problem. I didn't have the dents with the Wilton and the Mat. I think with Satin Ice being so much softer, it's more sensitive to The Mat bending. Does this make any sense? When I pick up The Mat and lay it on the round, the way it lays on the round is different then the way it lays on the square. My theory is that The Mat is leaving dents. Anyone else agree or have any other theories? If this is the case, how do I fix it? I know others love The Mat and I love it too and don't want to give up on it. I know the problem is me, but I just am not sure what exactly I'm doing wrong. Help!!