Chef's Technique for Using a Fondant Sheeter

If you’re looking to take your fondant decorating to the next level, using a fondant roller can help you achieve a professional look and save time and effort. Here are some pro techniques for using a fondant sheeter:
  1. Prepare your fondant: Before using the fondant sheeter, make sure your fondant is pliable and at the right consistency. If it’s too dry, add a bit of water or glycerin to make it more malleable. If it’s too soft, add a bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch to firm it up. Knead the fondant thoroughly before rolling it out to avoid air pockets or lumps.
  2. Set up your fondant sheeter: Place the fondant sheeter on a sturdy, level surface and plug it in (if it’s an electric model). Adjust the rollers to the desired thickness setting, usually indicated on a dial or lever on the side of the machine. Some fondant sheeters come with attachments or textured rollers for creating different designs or patterns, so attach those as needed.
  3. Roll out the fondant: Cut the fondant into manageable portions and flatten them slightly with your hands. Feed the fondant through the sheeter slowly and evenly, keeping your hands on both sides of the fondant to guide it through. Use a fondant smoother or rolling pin to help flatten the fondant if needed. Repeat the process, adjusting the thickness settings as needed, until the fondant is the desired thickness.
  4. Store and use the fondant: Once the fondant is rolled out, use it to cover cakes, make decorations, or cut out shapes using cookie cutters or other tools. To store any excess fondant, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Some additional tips for using a fondant sheeter:
  • Clean the fondant sheeter thoroughly after each use, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help keep the machine in good condition and prevent cross-contamination of different coloured or flavoured fondants.
  • If the fondant sticks to the rollers or mat, dust it with a bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch to prevent tearing or stretching.
  • Experiment with different thickness settings and textured rollers to create unique designs and effects.
  • Keep a spare set of rollers or mats on hand in case of damage or wear and tear.
  • Practice makes perfect! Using a fondant sheeter can take some getting used to, so be patient and keep trying until you achieve the desired results.

With these pro techniques and tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautifully rolled fondant with a fondant sheeter. Happy decorating!