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post #1 of 21
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I have purchased and used the Wilton's Fondant alphabet cutters; I like them ok, but I'm wondering what other letter cutters are out there and which ones work best. Thanks!
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post #2 of 21
I don't have any of the cutters. I usually go on the computer and play with different fonts for the numbers and letters, and see what i like best! I then print them out and use them as stencils to cut out of fondant with the exacto knife.
post #3 of 21
i have a veriety of cutters but dont really use them as i too play about on the computer and print off the lettering and numbers and use them as templates.
I always look in my local cheaper shops (tkmaxx UK) for cutters. Remember that the cutters dont necessarily need to be for cakes..... i have a variety of cookies cutters i use and also childrens ones.

I havnt seen and fancy letters or number cutters.
post #4 of 21
I use tappits and my silhouette or cricut.
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post #5 of 21
I have funky tappits and I love them!
post #6 of 21
I love tappits too.
post #7 of 21
i just got the clikstix groovy letters/numbers and cant wait to use them.
post #8 of 21
to those who cut out there own letters.. How do you master using an exacto knife ? ive tried and tried to cut things out with that knife and i just cant get the hang of it.. my fondant always sticks or i neverrrr get a clean cut.. do you have any tips ?
post #9 of 21
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thanks for all of the feedback, I've looked at both tappits and clikstix and can't decide which one to try. I have a cake to do that will be completely covered with words, and my script with icing is not that good, so I am hoping to be able to find a fondant lettering alternative.

I'm impressed with those of you who cut them out with an exacto! I have a hard enough time cutting out large images with the exacto!
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post #10 of 21
jem2131, when i use the exacto knife, i make sure my blade is sharp and clean. if there are any little bits of stuff dried or stuck to it, it will snag on the fondant. When i'm rolling the fondant, I make sure the top isn't too dry, which will cause that wrinkly edge effect (not pretty). But if I get any errors or snags or other imperfections, i use my little finger to smooth it over and make it perfect again!
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by CutieMcCakes

I make sure the top isn't too dry, which will cause that wrinkly edge effect (not pretty).

And I wait until it's even longer dry that that, and it cuts with zero wrikling and tearing. Might try that next time.
post #12 of 21
I love using the Tappits and I have several designs. I add Tylose to the fondant and roll it thin and let it rest at least 10 minutes. But the problem I have is with attaching them to the cake. I usually make buttercream cakes and attach them with a small amount of piping gel. It seems to take me a long time. If you are doing a cake with a lot of writing I would think just piping it would go much faster. I did a cake three years ago for my mother-in-law that had writing all around 3 tiers. It was my first "public" cake and I've come along way since then in getting my buttercream smooth but she was very proud of the cake. I used a variety of fonts on the computer to plan what I wanted to write and then put wax paper over it to practice with different tips. I used a lazer level to help keep the lines straight. The picture is here if you check my photos, but REMEMBER, I did it the weekend I finished Wilton course 3 so I was a true novice. It is white with a pink 80 on top and I missed the lesson on roses and just did the best I could using the Wilton course instruction book.
post #13 of 21
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Elaine2581 - I love the cake you did for your mother in law, it's very similar to the one I have been asked to do for a 30th birthday. I realize that piping on the words may be faster, but since I struggle with consistiency with my icing writing, I think using the fondant cut outs might be a better option. I guess I'll try it and see! I just ordered 4 sets of tappits (upper and lower case funky and upper and lower case script) - I hope I like them as well as all the reviews I have read. Thanks for all the feedback!
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post #14 of 21
I bought the Funky tappits two weeks ago I have yet to use them but I read where some people have problems getting the fondant out of them, should I use quite a bit of constarch to make it easier for them to release from the plastic press letter? Thanks
post #15 of 21
I lurve Tappits! Roll our fondant very thin (using a pasta roller if you have one and go to at least setting 6 and better yet, setting 8.) Let the fondant sit on the counter to dry out 10 minutes. Then press an TAP IT with authority. The letters will pop out.

The secret is thin, and I mean really thin, dry and authority.

No cornstarch at all.
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