Many people do not quite know how to use Tappit letter cutters despite these cutters being able to produce really neat lettering or font for cakes.
I use these cutters a lot in my cake decorating and have over time learned a few techniques that make using this tappit cutters a breeze.
How to Use Tappit Letter Cutters
These cutters are produced by FMM Sugarcraft and come in a number of different font types and sizes. They produce very professional looking font and is excellent for people whose piping skills (freehand) on cakes is a challenge, especially fonts (like me!).
Originally, the Tappit cutters were meant to be used by tapping them onto the work space, which will release the letters (see the video by FMM Sugarcraft at the end of this page to learn the tapping method). There are also other ways to use these cutters effectively and I am sharing on this page, how to use Tappit cutters, my way.
How to use Tappit letter cutters - Here is how I use them
These are the typically supplies I use:
Gum paste - My favorite is Satin Ice. I prefer to work with gum paste when it comes to Tappit cutters because gum paste can be rolled really really thin and this is an important attribute for using the Tappit cutters.
Rolling pin - To roll the gum paste thin.
Pizza Cutter - To cut the rolled gum paste
Needle tool - to remove letters from the cutters
Cornstarch or icing sugar for dusting
And here is how to use Tappit letter cutters:
Firstly, I roll the gum paste as thin as possible. Tappit cutters are very shallow and thin so it is important for the gum paste to be rolled thinner that the depth of the letters on the cutters.
Once I have the gum paste to the thickness I want, I cut them into thin strips. The width of the strips would depend on the height of the Tappit fonts. Cutting the gum paste into strips like this helps to make the most use out of the rolled gum paste.
Once I have the strips done, I leave them to dry out for about 10 minutes. This is a very important step and trust me, it makes so much difference when the gum paste is drier as compared to when its in its original consistency.
Only after it has dried for a while do I start the cutting. I dust the strip with some cornstarch (or icing sugar if you like). I then place the cutters in a horizontal position while the strips are in a vertical position (it is important to make sure the strips cut with a width that can accommodate the height of the letters as shown here:
I press the cutters into the gum paste strip and cut out the rest so that it is easy to work with.
I then rub it on the work space until the the letter is completely cut and detached from the strip.
I lift the cutter, and most of the time, the letters will automatically come out of the cutters (if the gum paste is thin and dried enough). If they don't, I use my needle tool to help pick a corner of the letters and then slowly guide the letters out of the cutters. Do take note when using the needle tool to not leave any marks on the letters.
And here is another technique on how to use the Tappit letter cutters that I often use to make the most of my gum paste strips.This technique helps to use the gum paste strips without wasting any space on it and is particularly useful to get the most letters out of a small piece of gum paste strip. I place the rolled out gum paste on the cutters as shown.
I press the gum paste lightly on the letter I want to cut until it stays in place.
And then I use my rolling pin and rub it on the letter until the gum paste is cut out.
I then use my needle tool to remove the cut out letter (if it is already not detached).
This method helps me save time and the gum paste as I am able to cut the letters close to one another and not have the adjacent letters on the cutters leave any marks on the gum paste that will make the gum paste not being able to be used efficiently.
Once I have all the letters ready, I let them sit out for little longer for them to dry and set. Since the letters are very thin, it is much easier to work with them when they are dry - they don't loose shape when being lifted and moved around on the cake.
And when sticking them on the cakes, I always use shortening. Shortening is the best as it allows you to move the letters around without them loosing shape. Water and fondant glue can also be used, but they make the gum paste sticky which means moving or adjusting them on the cake is almost impossible.
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