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Tappits! I hate them!

post #1 of 27
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I loathe writing on cakes. Even my regular handwriting is bad, but on cakes, Yikes! So I've done things like: make a little plaque and print on it with edible markers, stamp into gumpaste with little clay stampers, etc. Finally I bought a set of Tappits, the upper case script letters. I watched the tutorial on how to get the best results. I made my gum paste very stiff, rolled it very thin, let it dry a bit, dusted the cutter with corn starch,, Everything they said to do! And those aggravating letters would stick in the cutter and I had to dig them out gently with a toothpick which made them go all wonky! I tried tapping them hard to get the letters out. That didn't even come close to working! I despise the hateful little things and wonder why anyone would ever buy them? Please tell me your experience with them. I'm so frustrated!
post #2 of 27
Lol! Sorry about your experience with writing. Have u tried stencils u place on the cake and smear buttercream over it then lift the stencil and voila? I want to try that.
post #3 of 27
How long are you letting your fondant dry? I use a lot of cornstarch and let it dry for at least 30 minutes, then flip it over to dry for another 10-15 minutes. Sometimes I dip the tappit in cornstarch also.
post #4 of 27
I just replaced all the Damn-its with clix stix , no more frustration
post #5 of 27
diana81
I did this lettering with a stencil I hand cut, the first stencil I had ever done and it worked like a dream. But it is quite large and may not work for everything.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1674251/diet-cocoa-cola
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post #6 of 27
First off fondant and tappits don't go together. Gumpaste rolled thinly then blessed with Crisco over the top before cutting out, Bingo. The rainbow comes out and the clouds disappear.
post #7 of 27
Ok, gottcha!
post #8 of 27
Gumpaste yes! But remember to let it dry a bit before the cutters! Another option is to put cling wrap over your rolled gum paste and press the tappits in...that way the letters won't stick to the cutters. I prefer doing the dryer gum paste method.

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post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Chellescakes

I just replaced all the Damn-its with clix stix , no more frustration



I thought I was the only one who called them, "Damn-its"!
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by DeniseNH

First off fondant and tappits don't go together. Gumpaste rolled thinly then blessed with Crisco over the top before cutting out, Bingo. The rainbow comes out and the clouds disappear.



Denise,
I'm not using fondant. I'm using gum paste, thinly rolled and letting it dry first. I didn't try Crisco though because the makers of Tappits said to use cornstarch. I'll try that, though. Thanks! Interesting to see that others have had aggravations with them too. Misery loves company, right? icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 27
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Chellescakes,
I'm not familiar with clix stix. Where did you buy them?

Dynee,
Your buttercream stencil is beautiful!

Carmijok,
The plastic wrap idea is interesting. Thanks to all of you for the input. I feel better!!
post #12 of 27
Oh my gosh Dynee, your coca cola lettering is cool!
post #13 of 27
Hi, i use tappits with modeling chocolate also. I take a cake board(9x13) wrap it in white freezer paper(shiny side up) I don,t dust it , nor grease the board. I roll my medium thin. let it set up for 10 min. maybe. Then i cut strips of this medium length wise. Lay the numbers or letters i need and go from there. I transfer them onto another board wrapped in freezer paper. I do this with lots of things i cut out for deco of any kind of cutters. hth
post #14 of 27
Huh. I have used Tappits for years without problem. And with fondant. Thin, thin, fondant, rolled to the 8 setting on the pasta machine. Let it dry for 10 minutes, press and whack them out.
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post #15 of 27
I have no problem with fondant and tapits. They work great with Wilton fondant so you might want to try that. I also brush the tapit with cornstarch. Hope it helps!
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