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Use a Texture Sheet for Fondant to Create Amazing Cake Decorating Designs

Updated on May 23, 2011

Texture Sheet and Impression Mat Decorative Effects

Use a texture sheet to create a castle cake with stone walls and a cobblestone path leading to it, or a house cake with proper brick walls - right down to seeing the mortar lines between the bricks.

Sometimes the flawless silky smooth finish of a fondant covered cake is exactly what you want, but often the addition of a bit of texture can take that cake and lift it to the next level ~ and this is where fondant impression mats come in.

Normally made from flexible plastic type sheets these can be pressed onto fondant to provide texture and interest on the fondant.

Ranging in size from 20" mats used to imprint a large design such as the Wilton Graceful Vines designs, down to small 3 x 6" mats such as the cobblestones these texture sheets are great fun to play around with.

Large Texture Sheets

 The 20" impression mats by Wilton, and the large 21" x 23" in mats by Autumn Carpenter Designs will, in one go, imprint a design into a piece of fondant large enough to cover a 12" cake.

This means you can achieve a seamless design with no need to try and line up joins as if you were fitting wallpaper.

From floral designs to brickwork the effects of these mats turn what were very good cakes into creative masterpieces.

No cake kitchen should be without one.

Small Impression Mats

 Sometimes if you're only working with a small amount of fondant a much smaller impression mat is easier to use.

The effects are just as good and they are also good for getting into those hard to reach areas when putting the finishing touches to a cake.

Cookie Cutter and Impression Mat Sets

 These are great for decorating cookies for special events such as weddings as the impression mats designed with the cookie in mind.

The only other way to get such intricate detail onto the cookies would be to spend hours with modelling tools, and even then it's hard to believe the results could be any better than those achieved by a few seconds with an impression mat.

With designs ranging from wedding cakes and wedding dresses to ball games and butterflies these sets provide elegant and easy decoration options for even the most inexperienced cake decorator.


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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      It surely is a wonder how creatively designed cakes were made. More wonderful is knowing what tools are used by the chef for his or her cake creations.

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      madeitwithlove 6 years ago

      This article is a real eye opener for British cake decorators who have to put up with such limited choice of this kind of product. Unfortunately for individuals, shipping costs from the USA are very costly making it virtually impossible to order on line directy from suppliers like Wilton. Amazon costs are also pretty extreme. Thank you for showing the beautiful products, I can only look on with envey.

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      cre8tive 6 years ago from U.K

      Thanks madeitwithlove, I fully agree that here in the UK we don't seem to have quite the same range of products that they do in the States. However when it comes to things like impression mats I think it means we just have to be a little more creative ~ anything textured can be used to create an impression.

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      madeitwithlove 6 years ago

      Oh well, after having had a good old moan about not being able to buy the Wilton imprint mat I've managed to get two on ebay at a reasonable cost. The problem now is how to use it. Today, I had a practise run only to find extricating fondant from it could be likened to removing tar from a favourite silk frock! The mats duly arrived with precious little instructions, so am I supposed to temper it with grease? or perhaphs am I applying too much pressure? Since I'm not known for my patience, I appeal to anyone out there PLEASE HELP! I have a dreadful feeling these rubbery works of art are going to be confined to my large dungeon which has been especially excavated for the abandanment of tricky bakeware. No doubt I shall be having nightmares tonight!!

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      cre8tive 6 years ago from U.K

      Hi madeitwithlove

      Too much pressure can certainly cause an impression mat to stick to the fondant. The amount of pressure you need is the same as if you were rolling out the fondant with a rolling pin - in fact using a rolling pin to roll over the mat does work. Greasing it can help, or another thing you can try is to cover the mat with food safe cling film /wrap. Then if anything does stick it will be the wrap which can be easily pulled off. Hope you get it sorted as it would be shame not to use them now you've got them.

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      madeitwithlove 6 years ago

      Thank you ce8tive for your advice on the use of the Wilton imprint mat. I'll definitely give it a go sometime today and post back, wish me luck! Must go, dog walking beckons on this cold and windy day.

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