After my visit to the Cake International show in Birmingham this year I decided to buy a pasta machine to use with Marvellous Moulds onlay I bought there.
I purchased the Damask Pattern Silicone Onlay as I loved the look of it on cakes. We were showed how to use the onlays and pasta machine was recommended to use with these moulds as the thickness have to be the same all around for the best finish. It also has to be very thin which you can achieve easily with the Pasta Machine.
The pasta machine I have is Imperia Electric Version of SP150
As I never used pasta machine I thought electric would be better for beginner like me. I have to admit I love it :) I don’t need to use the clamp for the table or the handle provided with the machine and have my hands to thread the paste through the machine and hold it once processed to prevent it from folding. Attaching the motor is very easy too. You can change the position for the motor depending which attachment you want to use. You can remove it completely if you are not keen on the noise (it is quite loud) and use it manually.
To use the Marvelous Moulds you need your fondant to be elastic and strong so you can get it thin as much as possible with your pasta machine. I set the machine to 2 as 3 I found to be too thick. See what works best for you. I added
1/2tsp of Tylose powder : 250g Tesco ready to roll
Firstly I tried 1/4 tsp of powder to 250g fondant but it was still too soft and didn’t come out of the mould so I added another 1/4tsp and it worked perfectly. Mix it well and leave for 10min. Although it works instantly I let it stand for a bit. Roll a strip and take it through the pasta machine on setting 2 thickness. Get your mould dusted with corn flour and shake excess. I used one of those make up brushes I bought just for my cakes :) Place the fondant sheet over the mould and press with your fingers over the shapes. Take a rolling pin and carefully go over it. Using a needle tool remove the excess between the shapes. Apply edible glue over the shapes.We were told to use
2parts of glucose :1part water as glue mixture
Pull the mold from each side to kind of loosen the sides and then carefully place on side of cake and gently start peeling off the mold.
Here is a great video you can watch on how to use them: