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asked August 4th 2012

The Mat by Streetwise

Hi, does anyone use The Mat by Streetwise for rolling out fondant and if so is it worth buying?

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Hi Michelle

If you type The Mat in the search box there are 10 answers on your question which was asked by another member back in June. Your question will come up, but just scroll down and you’ll see all the other answers.  Could I also ask you to have a look my answer on why it is important only to use plastics which are food safe. xx

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Thanks, I’ve had a look and don’t think i’ll bother. Do you think wipe clean table cloths are food safe?

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Hi Michelle

I can’t say yes or no, but we’ve got to be careful because  plasticisers may leach out from the plastic, and they’re really not designed to eat of off. Are you thinking of rolling out on it?  Would you not consider a large roll out board like the one Paul uses? Windsor Cake Craft have those at £34.00 for the large. Have a look also at www.cakedecoratingsolutions.com. This is a site introducing The Mat, but they also have an explaination why not all vinyls are food safe. Hope this helps.

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Thanks, you always have good advice you’re a star and I will have a look at Windsor cake craft as I wouldn’t mind paying £34, the ones I’ve seen have been quite a bit more 🙂

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I love my big green board it’s well worth the investment. I do have the mat as well and never use it. I ordered it from America when it was first released and used it once.

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You’re welcome Michelle xx

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Hi Michelle, my apologies, the green roll out board is available at Surbiton Sugar Art, not Windsor cake Craft, I keep muddling them up.

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I use the mat from Sweet Wise all the time and find it easier for me to roll out fondant. Have you seen the video on how to use one? If not, go to their website (Sweet Wise) and it will give you an idea how to use it.

The best thing about the Mat is that once the top mat is taken off, you can move the fondant and it stays on the bottom mat until you put the fondant on the cake. It is also easier to decide where to place the fondant on the cake too.

I will say if you decide to purchase on be careful which one you purchase. I bought one and then went to a class at Sweet Wise in Memphis. They were introducing a newer version right after I bought the older version. If I am not mistaken, I believe they have come out with yet a third Mat.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Hi susieq

It’s still quite a lot of money to spend on something which possibly may not get used. Now if we could try these ‘labour saving’ devices out before we buy, at least it would be an informed purchase. I can’t use mine, so, so, difficult to roll out the fondant which is trapped in between two bits of plastic, I bought because I thought it would make rolling out easier!  I much prefer to roll out just on the bottom piece and lift the whole thing for positioning the icing. That’s fine if the cake being iced is really big, but for 9 – 12″ cakes it’s easier (for me at least), to roll out on my work surface with an extra long rolling pin and lift. The other thing to consider is the frequency with which they change the design, it all adds up. Perhaps there might be a demo on the new mat at the NEC, I’ll look out for it. Good to know that it can be useful, you must have the knack with it,

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