How to Use Silicone Molds for Cake Decorating

In this post on how to use silicone molds, I am going to share with you some basic tips that can help you is using the molds correctly and achieve stunning cake decorating results with the silicone molds. Not knowing how to use them correctly can lead to sheer frustration and stress and I hope that my tips and techniques below will help you in achieving the results you wish with silicone molds.

How to use silicone molds correctly for cake decorating

Here is a cake I designed last year for a cake collaboration project. All the gold  fondant work on the cake was produced with silicone molds. How do you like it?

Silicone molds are very easy to use and this ease of use comes with equally pretty results too. So, if you are into cake decorating, investing in silicone molds is actually very worth it. Not only do you get professional looking results on your cakes, you get to achieve them pretty quickly too.

These are some of the most important tips to remember when using silicone molds. Practice these and I am sure you will be able to achieve that perfect results you are looking for all the time:

  • Dust your mold well, making sure all nooks and corners are well covered. Use a sieve if needed or simply sprinkle with our fingers.
  • Tap excess sugar/flour off the mold to make sure there are no blotches of sugar or flour in the. This can result in the dents and holes in your molded fondant when removed from the mold (the blotches of flour/sugar will come off leave unpleasant holes and marks on your molded fondant pieces).
  • Let the molded fondant pieces to set for a while before attempting to brush off any excess sugar or flour dust on them. Let them rest for as long as it takes as attempting to brush them while the fondant is still very soft could lead to unsightly brush marks on the fondant.
  • Use a soft brush when brushing off excess sugar / flour dust from the molded fondant pieces to avoid breakage or dis figuration to the molded pieces.

These are my 'to remember' list when using silicone molds in decorating my cakes. Below are the step by step guide on how to use the silicone molds:

How to Use Silicone Molds for Cake Decorating Correctly

These are basically all the supplies you need when using silicone molds:
  • Icing sugar or cornstarch for dusting

And this is how to use the mold:

Start by dusting the mold. By dusting I mean really dusting it well, making sure every nook and corner of the mold is dusted. I prefer to use cornstarch but if you don’t have cornstarch, you can always using icing sugar.

For the dusting, you can using a dusting pouch (see how you can make your own dusting pouch here) or use a sieve to sift a layer of cornstarch onto your mold. Don’t worry about excessive dusting, just focus on making sure the mold is well dusted. Tap the mold a couple of times on your work space to help distribute the cornstarch to hidden corners on your mold.

Next, turn the mold over, and tap it lightly on a plate to remove all the excess flour (this is why in the step above, I said not to worry about excessive dusting, you get to remove it in this step). When tapping, apply only gently pressure, we would still want to keep a good layer of dusting on the mold.

Next, take some fondant and knead it well until there are no more creases. If you are making large molded fondant pieces, it would be helpful to roll your fondant flat (but not too thin) so that you get to fill the fondant into your mold faster.  After that, press the rolled fondant into your mold. You will need to apply some pressure here as we want the fondant to reach all the nooks and corners of the mold. 

At this point, you might notice that the fondant surface is bulgy and not smooth. Use a rolling pin to roll on the mold. Doing this will push all the excess fondant outside the mold.

Remove the excess by hand and smooth the edges with your fingers.

Also at this point, you will notice that your fondant surface might not be even and there could be slight gaps where you would need to fill more fondant. Simply pinch some fondant and fill up those gaps. 

Once you are happy with the surface, carefully peel off the silicone mold. I say ‘peel off the mold’ because in removing the molded fondant, you fold the mold and try to push the molded fondant out instead of trying to pull it out so that it does not loose its shape.

Place the pushed out molded fondant onto a tray and let it set for a few minutes so that the fondant has time to set a little. If there is excess cornstarch or sugar on the fondant, brush off gently with a soft bristles brush before using the molded fondant to decorate your cakes and cookies.

Tip: if you are having trouble getting the fondant out of the mold, place it in the fridge for a few minutes. That should help the fondant to release more easily for the molds.

How to use silicone molds correctly for cake decorating

And that’s that. Hope this tutorial on how to use silicone molds the correct way for cake decorating is useful and hope it helps in your successful use of silicone molds. 

Happy Decorating :)

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