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 The fondant molds we sell make it easier to create intricate detailed decorations for cakes & cupcakes, however they do require a little practice to perfect & there is an art to getting it just right. Everyone has their own method & preferred ingredients for making fondants & I suggest you play around until you find what is right for you. There are many suggestions on the Net & Youtube. Below are some ideas to get you started...
What to use? For these small fondant molds, you can use store bought fondant. In Australia, you will find 'Orchid White Icing' in the Cooking isle of Coles/Woolworths. You can also knead together a 50/50 mix of gumpaste and fondant until smooth, as it isn't as soft as pure fondant & is therefore easier to handle. Gum paste also dries a lot quicker too. For larger molds you can use 100% gumpaste. You can try adding colouring & flavouring (like lemon, orange, mint, almond, etc) - but be prepared; you have to knead it a lot for the colour to be even. To try and offset added liquids and stop it from becoming too sticky, you may want to sift in some icing sugar.
 Method Take a piece of fondant you think will be enough to fill the mold & knead it until it is smooth then roll it into a ball. Stone bench tops work well, otherwise use whatever surface you want. (You can use a sprinkling of cornflour if you find it is sticking to the surface). Lighting dust the ball with cornflour then press into one of the mold cavities, making sure you capture all the detail. You can dust the top as you press it in if it begins to feel sticky. Repeat with all cavities. Use a small spatula or angled palette knife to remove excess fondant from the mold. Begin in the middle of the mold and cut off the excess paste-working towards the ends. (Some people use scissors, however be careful not to pierce your mold). Freezing the filled mold for 5-10 minutes can help with the removal & helps keep the detail. Pop out each piece by gently holding the mold with your thumbs on top and fingers on the bottom of the mold and flexing it out and up. Place the finished pieces on waxed paper to air dry. Remember, everyone has their own methods, this guide is to help you get started. Happy Decorating!