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The past few fondant cakes I've rolled out have caused bruising on my palms. I've looked at fondant rollers but WOW $3-5 grand is just too much. Can a pasta roller actually be used? They keep coming up in my search. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
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So you're looking at a sheeter? Yes, they can be very expensive. Are you searching for 'fondant sheeter,' or a more generic 'dough sheeter?'
Pasta rollers are typically too small to be able to roll out a big enough piece of fondant to cover a whole cake, but they are great for rolling out smaller pieces for decorations.
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I'm looking for one to roll out fondant for a whole cake.
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I'm looking for one to roll out fondant for a whole cake.

They don't make pasta rollers that big! I use a pasta roller to roll out fondant for decorations, but to cover my cakes, it's my trusty rolling pin. Think of it as your upper body workout for the day. 

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The past few fondant cakes I've rolled out have caused bruising on my palms. I've looked at fondant rollers but WOW $3-5 grand is just too much. Can a pasta roller actually be used? They keep coming up in my search. Any suggestion would be appreciated.


Rolling out fondant caused bruising on your palms??


Gosh, I must be one tough mother!!  LOL 

Seriously I need to understand HOW this can be -

  • are you kneading your fondant?
  • are you a pygmy trying to work on standard bench heights?
  • are you trying to do it sitting down?
  • what sort of rolling pin are you using?
  • what bench surface are you using?

 

Honestly - NOT poking fun at you - but rolling fondant is one of the LEAST physically challenging jobs in cake decorating.

It HAS to be the way you are doing it - MOST decoraters would never consider a sheeter an option ....  it is normally only purchased to speed up operations - and ONLY by people churning out lots of cakes

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post #6 of 43
I'm very petite and don't end up with bruised hands. I do get up on a padded step stool when I'm rolling though, for leverage. Maybe try that, and see if it helps.
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I'm barely 5' tall, have regular height counters, and have rolled out a LOT of fondant over my career.  Bruised palms?  nah.

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I've seen people with bruises all over their arms and they say it's from fondant, and I have no idea what they were doing. I'm 5'4" tall, so I'm on the short side, and I roll fondant out by standing on a stepstool at the counter so that I can put more of my weight on the rolling pin. I don't end up with any fondant bruises or rolling pin contusions. What exactly are you doing that gives you bruises on your hands?

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oops - leah_s........ you ARE the pygmy !  :P

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post #10 of 43

Kneading fondant and rolling it out are my muscle building activities. :lol: I haven't had experience with any other type of rolling out fondant than with a rolling pin, so I guess I'm not much help with this. :oops:

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post #11 of 43
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post

 

... but rolling fondant is one of the LEAST physically challenging jobs in cake decorating.
 

 

 

really? it's a pretty demanding job for me and i'm 5'8" and i use a step to lean in on it--i'm a giant pygmy --

 

i think op probably has an underlying physical condition that is creating this--maybe an arthritis or something--i don't know what kind of condition but i'd stop doing fondant if i bruised like that--

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post #12 of 43
Even my 11 year old doesn't get bruises from fondant. Maybe you need a different rolling pin. I did get sore wrists from the big white Wilton pin,i switched to a silicone pin that i loved but it broke after a year or two.
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K8 - I never pictured you as a wooz!!  you need some of those Michelle Obama arms girlie  hahaha

 

I am 5ft 7in and I don't have any problem rolling fondant - us Aussie gals must be tougher!

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post #14 of 43
There is definitely something wrong if you are bruising. Rolling out a lot can give you sore forearms or shoulders, but it's generally an easy task.
What sort of rolling pin are you using? If your fondant is really hard and you are using a pin with handles, I could see it happening.
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PS  I use a heavy wooden rolling pin with metal ball bearing handles   AND I never use a 'mat'

 

Only time I trialled 'The Mat' I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to roll with THAT !

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