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Using The Mat to make Halloween Fondant Cake
The Mat is an amazing tool to roll Fondant for cake decorating. It saves a lot of time and a lot of powdered sugar. Before the mat it would take me 20-30 minutes longer to roll the Fondant and cover one layer of cake. For an instructional video of how the mat is used you can view that here
The mat comes rolled in a tube and you can store it in this tube over and over again as it will lay flat within a few minutes of unrolling it out of the tube. Below is a picture of the mat unrolled straight out of the tube. This mat has been stored and unrolled a half dozen times so far. It still lays flat every time.
The nice thing about the mat is that you can knead your Fondant right on it so you don't have to clean another surface.
Once you get the fondant to the desired texture for rolling then place it in the center of the mat to roll. Sweet Wise has made this very easy as they have actually printed a center for you on the mat so you can manipulate the center.
There are also lovely measurements on the mat as well so you can figure out, very easily how far you need to roll out your fondant. This takes the guesswork out.
The key to rolling the fondant out is to use a rolling pin or fondant roller and roll AWAY from the center. If you try to roll towards you, you may find that it is harder to push down and get the fondant even. Most of us are stronger when rolling forwards then backwards. Plus the mat goes wherever you want it. This means that you can simply switch your direction my turning the mat to the angle you need.
If you need to leave and take care of something, like a small child, the phone, the door or whatever, the mat will keep your fondant nice and moist and free of germs as the top layer is covering it. Below is a picture of the fondant before and after it is rolled out.
Another cool feature of the mat
Another nice thing about is that you can flip it over and choose which side you like the best before placing it on the cake. This comes in handy if you want to do a tie died cake. Before the mat you were not able to see the bottom of the Fondant without picking up and flipping it over with the hands. The problem with this is that there is a good chance finger marks will get into the fondant or it will stretch so far that you will create holes. the mat
Applying the fondant is super easy. Peel off the desired side that will be on the bottom. Then simply pick up the mat and place it on the cake. The fondant sticks to it so you can hold it up there and manipulate it as needed.
Once you get the center of the cake place it over the cake.
Taking the mat off the Fondant
Now that you have your fondant where you want it you simply pull away the edge of the fondant, that is away from you and as you pull the mat taut and back towards you at a slow to medium pace then the fondant will fall onto the cake where you need it.
At this point the fondant will go where it needs to go so no need to manipulate until you get the mat completely off the cake.
One thing to be aware of. If you elevate your cake then this may make the fondant pull too much and it will not lay well on the cake. Using the mat on a table or counter, on a non-elevated cake is suggested.
Adding the final touches
The easiest way to cut off the excess fondant is to use a pizza cutter. A suggestion is to have a cutter used solely for decorating as a pizza cutter used for, well, pizza, may rust and you don't wan't the rust on the fondant.
Now that you have a nice coating of fondant that was easy to do you can add your decorations and make the cake into anything you want.
Scroll down to see the final product.
To purchase The Mat you can do so at Sweet Wise.