Looking to take your cake decorating to the next plateau? Fondant molds can expand decorative baking options exponentially. Fondant can be shaped using special fondant cutters and molds, or hand molded into any shape you can imagine.
Why Fondant Molds?
By filling a mold with fondant icing you can create an endless number of designs – flowers, butterflies, animals, cartoon characters, crests, medallions, borders, high heel shoe, pocketbook & purse designs – and use them to enhance your cake designs. Once you have determined a theme for your cake decorating, it’s pretty easy to find popular fondant molds that will execute or complement your theme. These molds are great timesavers too, allowing you to be more creative in faster time periods.
Tips for Using Fondant Molds
Just the thought of these molds is enough to scare some away but, with a little effort, you can master their use for your decorating needs. They can be a little tricky though so a few tips can go a long way in helping you get it right. First, start with a flexible, easily useable fondant mold. To keep the fondant from sticking, brush a fine layer of cornstarch into the mold, getting it in all the crevices, and tapping out any excess cornstarch. Start with a small “sausage” of fondant that has been rolled fairly thin and ease it into the mold. Use cornstarch on your fingers to keep them free of the fondant.
Working left to right, continue pressing the fondant into the mold with your left hand, while pinching and smoothing the fondant into the mold with your right hand.
When the mold is full, use a rolling pin to roll over the mold to smooth the surface. If necessary, use a dry knife or pointed tool to cut away any excess fondant and smooth again.
Finally, bend the mold away from the open surface and the fondant should fall out. If you have difficulty removing the fondant, you can place the mold in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden the fondant and try again. You may have to repeat this step more than once. This step is especially helpful if the design is delicate or small, e.g. letters or numbers.
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