Silicone molds have revolutionized the way we are able to decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies and all kinds of baked goods. They’re handy tools that are able to give a uniform look to your decorations and make it much faster and easier in cake decorating. With molds now coming in all shapes and sizes it’s about time we get used to using them and how to get the best out of these nifty little utensils. So if you’re thinking about getting some fondant decorating molds in, you should read these tips and techniques to make your life that little bit easier.

Silicone fondant molds make it much easier for the ordinary baker to make beautiful decorations for their cakes and cupcakes but the intricate designs can also make it difficult to get the icing fondant both into and especially out of the molds. When you’re starting cupcake decorating or cake decorating of any kind, cornstarch will be your best friend so keep a tub close to hand and you won’t struggle at all.

Before you place any icing into the mold you will want to lightly dust it with cornstarch and tap out any excess. Not only will this mean the icing doesn’t stick to the mold but it will be removed more easily and wont affect the taste or look of the decoration at all. When you’re pressing the icing into the mold you’ll want to make sure you lay a sausage (for long decorations) or a ball (for round decorations) into the centre of the silicone molds and work outwards. This eliminates the chance of bubbles getting stuck and distorting the more intricate details of the decoration.

Now use a rolling pin (that has been dusted with cornstarch) to roll over the icing and press it into the molds. Again, Cornstarch is important as it removes the chances of the icing sticking to the rolling pin and lifting out of the mold before you’re ready. To neaten up the edges use a shape knife (again, dusted in cornstarch) and lightly run this over the icing and mold using the flat of the knife to neaten up the excess.

For larger decorations this is the last step before you pop the decorations out of the silicone fondant molds however for smaller and more intricate molds you might struggle to remove them in one piece and retaining the right shape. If you are struggling to get the decorations out in one piece then try placing the entire thing into the freezer for around 15 minutes, it will firm up the icing enough for it to be easier to remove.

Thye great thing about silicone molds is that they can bend back on themselves and reduces the chances of decorations breaking before you get them out in one piece. They have revolutionized the way we are able to decorate our sweet goodies and make it much easier to enjoy the decorating side of baking. So give them a try and feel happier with your perfected outcomes.