Fondant dusting bag a.k.a dusting pouch is basic a dusting tool that is essential for all fondant work.
Working with fondant requires dusting your workspace with icing sugar so that the fondant does not stick when being rolled out. While you can just pick up some icing sugar with your fingers and dust your workspace, it will not give a consistent layer of icing sugar dust, resulting in the fondant sticking on spots where there is no icing sugar dust.
There are a number of different tools available in the market for this purpose. It is worth investing in these tools if you are a seasoned cake decorator, but if you are not and do not wish to invest in one, here is a simple idea on how to make your own icing sugar dusting bag. It is so easy to make that anyone can get it done in a matter of minutes.
Plus, you can store and use it repeatedly for your fondant projects. And, you can use the same technique to create a cornstarch dusting bag for your gum paste projects.
Let's look at the supplies needed to make the fondant dusting pouch and step by step guide on how to assemble it.
Fondant Dusting Bag a.k.a Pouch - Step by Step Guide
These are the main supplies needed to make this fondant dusting bag:
- A square piece of thin cloth (similar to a muslin cloth where the thread count is not too close). Organza material is fine too, and so is linen.
- Icing sugar (finely powdered) or cornstarch - for dusting
- Elastic bands - to tie the pouch together
- An empty container - to store the dusting pouch
And this is how you assemble the fondant dusting bag:
Start by getting the cloth ready. I used a muslin type cloth where the thread woven to make the cloth is not too close to one another. If you are not sure of the type of material to use, choose one that is thin and see-through. The idea is to make sure that the icing sugar or cornstarch we put into the dusting bag can fall through when lightly tapped on the work surface.
- Cut the cloth into a square piece. I did not measure the length of the cloth I used here but anything between 20 cm to 25 cm square piece will do. Make sure the cloth is washed, clean and completely dry.
- Place 2 tablespoons of icing sugar or cornstarch in the center.
- And then, slowly gather the sides and edges of the cloth, starting from one side.
- Continue gathering until all the sides and edges come together.
- Hold them together and secure them in place by tying an elastic band around them tightly. Make sure there is no gap left out.
And that is pretty much the steps for making your own fondant dusting bag.
How to Use the Fondant Dusting Bag
- To use the dusting bag, simply tap it onto your work space and you will see a light dust of icing sugar on your work space.
- The good thing about this bag is that you can store and use it for many fondant projects. There is no need to make a new one every time you work with fondant. When you feel like the icing sugar or cornstarch is getting lesser and lesser, simply untie the elastic band and refill the sugar or cornstarch.
How to Store the Dusting Pouch
- To store the fondant dusting bag, just place it in a clean and dry container.
And that's that. Hope this sharing was useful. If you want to see other dusting methods I use for my cake decorating projects, click here.
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Happy Decorating 🙂