Butterflies and leaves, borders and waves, pearls and alphabet letters: if you can dream it, there's a mold or mat for it!
Molds are wonderful time-savers and a boon for anyone who is just becoming familiar with the basic fondant techniques . But they’re not foolproof. While some are extremely easy to use — push a little fondant in, pop a little button or bow out — others take some getting used to and just a bit of know-how.
If you've ever tried and failed to get fondant in or out of silicone molds, we've got some tips and tricks to help. Get ready to become a mold master!
Basic Silicone Molds
1. Dust the mold with a little cornstarch and tap out the excess.
2. Start with a sausage of fondant and begin easing it into the mold. Keep all of your fingers dusted with cornstarch so the fondant stays in the mold and doesn’t stick to you. Wilton fondant works well here; it’s firm and keeps its shape well once you take it out of the mold.
3. Press with one hand while continuing to pinch and smooth the fondant into the mold with your other hand, working from one end to the other.
4. Once the mold is full, use a cornstarch-dusted rolling pin to roll over the fondant and press it firmly in. Dusting the rolling pin ensures the fondant doesn’t stick.
5. Take a clean, dry, sharp knife and dust it with cornstarch. Lay the blade flat on the surface of the mold and carefully cut away the excess fondant, using a gentle sawing action. For large molds, it’s sometimes worth stopping halfway to clean, dry and dust the blade again.
6. Cutting off the excess fondant will likely leave a few rough edges. Dust your fingers with cornstarch and rub those edges smooth.
7. Bend the mold back on itself and the fondant should fall out; you might need to ease it out at first with the end of a knife. If that doesn't work, leave the fondant in the mold for a few minutes and try again.
That would be perfect for castle crenelations , wouldn't it?
Small, Intricate Silicone Molds
Use the same method as basic silicon molds for more intricate molds like this fern, but with a few hacks: Try adding Tylose powder to your fondant to make it sturdier. You might have more success pressing the fondant into the mold if you don’t dust it first.
Remember to keep your knife clean and dry as you cut off the excess. If your knife blade gets sticky, it will lift the fondant out of the mold as you slice.
Very Intricate Molds
The most intricate molds require an extra step.
1. Dust the mold with cornstarch, press in the fondant and slice off the excess. Tidy up the cut edges with your finger.
Sometimes you might see small gaps in the fondant — as in the top of the letter S. Fill it in with a little extra fondant, then cut the excess away once more.
2. Place the mold in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fondant is frozen solid.
3. Working quickly, bend the mold and ease the letters out; some will need help releasing. If the letters start to distort as you remove them, put the mold back in the freezer for 5 minutes and try again.
4. The frozen letters will be wet and sticky as they thaw, so don’t touch them. Depending on the type of fondant and the humidity in the air, they should be dry to the touch within 10 to 30 minutes. Let them dry fully before transferring them to the cake.
To help you center the letters on the cake, arrange them on your mat and measure the finished word or message. This should help you determine how much space you need to leave on either side.