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Any thoughts on using The Mat for fondant?

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So, my husband has requested that I make him a Millennium Falcon cake for his upcoming May birthday. I told him I will certainly try. I am no expert in working with fondant, and it always seems to frustrate me a bit, but I'm determined to master this thing before I move onto a new challenge. That said, I am wondering if anyone has used The Mat for rolling out their fondant? If so, what are your thoughts? Does it really make the rolling and application of fondant much easier? I would like some input before I decide to invest in this cake decorating tool.

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Any one using the home mat or pro mat?  I am also about to purchase this item. watched it on utube, but would love to hear from CC if you have used it. thanks. is it worth it? its approx. A$50/=

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post #3 of 25

I copied and pasted the information below which I wrote from another thread  (search the forums for more opinions).  Some people love The Mat, some people don't.  I think it relies heavily on the quality and character of your fondant, and in practicing and finding the right technique that works for you.  I love it, especially for larger cakes.  It opened up a new level of decorating for me.  

 

 

"I have had the mat for a year and I love It.  I did a fondant test last year comparing 7 or 8 different types of fondant, and found that some are sticky and stretchy and hard to work with.  These also had a tendency to stick to the mat.  Without referring to my notes, I believe it was Duff's and Fondarific that are very soft and sticky.  I also found that there is a trick to working with the Mat that makes a huge difference.  Forgive me if this has been already mentioned;  I only skimmed over the prior posts.  I also don't recall this maneuver being stressed in the instruction video I watched last year.  The trick for me is to "release and flip"  frequently.  As the fondant is rolled out, it does tend to stick to the mat, and then becomes more and more difficult to get to roll out further and starts to grab and ripple.  (Just like rolling out cookie or pie dough with saran wrap - you must release the saran wrap now and then so the dough will spread and not stick.)  Another important factor of course, is finding the right fondant that handles well.  I use mostly Massa Grischuna or Carma Tropic, both of which handle beautifully.

 

1) place fondant between the 2 layers of the mat.  (I make a disc freehand, or with a roller on just the lower Mat at first to get a head start).

2) roll out from the center several times as shown in the video

3) when it stops spreading as easily or starts to ripple, peel off the top layer and lay it back on again.  Then flip the whole thing over, and peel off the bottom (now top) layer and lay it back down.  

4) Roll out this new side a few times until the spreading slows, and/or ripples are occurring, and then "release and flip" again

5) repeat.....

 

Each time you release, you can check for and pop any air bubbles.  The releasing prevents wrinkles, facilitates spread,  and keeps it from really sticking at the end.

 

Just before placing on the cake, release the mat to see which side looks best and should be the outside.  With the good side up, release and replace the mat and pat or roll a time or two to just slightly stick it down.   Flip it over and  peel off the Mat.   It is ready to apply to the cake.  When finished and on the cake, the outer exposed surface should be nice and smooth, and should have separated easily because it was pre-released."

 

HTH!

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post #5 of 25

hi,i don' t use the mat. however i use a silicone mat to roll my fondant out on then lift it up, and place on cake. then pill the mat off.

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post #6 of 25
I read that if you purchase the mat that you really want to spend the extra money and buy the pro mat yes its expensive but it has all the markings on it and it tells you how much fondant that you will need to cover the size cake that you are working with, making things way easier. Here's a video about how to use the mat. I've also heard that you want a nice heavy rolling pin to use with the mat.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=sdgM6Roua40&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DsdgM6Roua40

Ok upon going to the website I see the "the home mat" also has the markings on it its just smaller than the pro mat. The original mat that they still sell does not have the markings on it.
Edited by kazita - 4/16/13 at 6:43am
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Love my mat. 

post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 

 Thank you for your post and the link to the article. I use a homemade fondant made from marshmallows. Does that make a difference in the use of The Mat?

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Could you tell me more about the silicone mat that you use? The thing that I like about what I've seen on The Mat is that it's "claim to fame" is that you don't have to use any dusting powder. and you just roll out the fondant between the two food-grade vinyl sheets. Is this how the silicone mat works? Also, which is better ... silicone or vinyl?

post #10 of 25
In the video it shows that she uses a very small amount of powdered sugar to help prevent pot marks in the fondant.
Edited by kazita - 4/16/13 at 8:04am
post #11 of 25

I have a large silicone mat (Geraldine's) which has not seen any use since I purchased The Mat. Prior to that I had tried vinyl from a fabric shop and it sits next to the unused silicone. Do I prefer The Mat? The answer is definitely yes. I use homemade Michele Foster's Fondant --which in itself is a whole other thread-- and it works beautifully. The two sheets of food safe vinyl require no powdered sugar or cornstarch. The fondant is kept dust free and if I can't attend to it immediately, it is kept moist and ready to apply. It has truly made fondant-ing a cake a breeze. 

 

I have the original version and would like to purchase the newer Pro model but cannot really justify it when there are so many cake toys I'd also like to get!icon_smile.gif

 

This is obviously just my opinion. But yes, I love my Mat.

 

Jan

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post #12 of 25

I have the Mat also and love it!  It really does make handling fondant so much easier.  You just have to make sure you season it right and follow their instructions on it's use and it'll work out beautifully for you.  You'll be glad you got it!

post #13 of 25
I absolutely love The Mat from Sweetwise! I can't believe I did fondant without it bc it's a lifesaver!
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Could you post a link to Michele Foster's fondant recipe? I love trying new recipes, and anything to do with cake decorating I want to learn. I've always used the marshmallow fondant recipe. Is Michele's fondant better tasting and easier to work with?

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