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I've used my Cricut Cake successfully with Fondariffic, rolled really thin on the cutting mat, and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes. It saves so much time with cutting out lettering!The trick is rolling thin, and making sure the fondant/gum paste/icing sheet is stuck to the cutting mat well. If there are any air bubbles under the fondant, it'll pull up and screw up the cut.Shortening seems to work, but you have to make sure you work out any air bubbles.
I made my first buttercream from scratch for my Birthday Surprise Minnie Mouse cake. The recipe was from Elisa Strauss's Confetti Cakes book and seemed simple enough (she called it Italian buttercream, but I later found that it was actually a Swiss buttercream).Anyways... after adding the butter and beating for what seemed to be forever, it separated and looked horrible. I thought I'd done something terribly wrong. So I tossed the batch and went to the store for more...
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