How to use Tappit cutters with sugar paste successfully - Cake Decorating Basics
Writing a message on cakes is now easy with these Tappit Cutters. Using these needs a trick or two. This post how to use tappit cutters shares how I use these simple easy and efficiently.
How many of you have these in your cake decorating box and NEVER use them? When I got these a few years ago.. I HATE THEM!! I could never get the alphabets out in one piece or distorted. So for a long time I almost refused to use them.
While I've had my own struggle with these myself. I think I have finally found the best way to use them successfully. While the process is the same as with all other online tutorials and methods found, I think the key to success is in the notes I have mentioned below.
Very important - Try not to make haste when working with these, plan ahead so you have time.
Follow my instructions carefully step by step and I promise you will have a very successful experience with these.
- Do not use just fondant instead use Fondant with CMC added. If you do not cure your sugar paste with CMC or tylose the sugar paste will be too sticky to use with the cutters. I also prefer 100% gumpaste!
- Roll the paste thin similar to the width of the letters on the tappt cutters or you wont' get a clean cut.
- Let the rolled paste air dry for a good 15 minutes. This is the big secret to getting it right.
- Cut the paste into small squares the size of the letter.
- Place the tappit on the paste and press firmly, rub the cutter the counter to ensure you have a clean cut.
- Pin the cutter with the letter in it leaving the excess paste behind.
- You MUST Tap the cutter on the work board or work bench for it to fall out.
- Leave the letter alone for a few minutes to dry then pick and put it on the cake.
- Clean your tappit cutters well so you will have issues no issue the next time you use it. Dry dust can get hard on these.