I bought these a few weeks ago for a cookie order that I have due tomorrow. For the life of me, I cannot get these things to work. I have used corn startch on the tappit, on the fondant, I've tried banging them out, coaxing them out. You name it. Is there a trick to these things?
I've even watched Aine2s video and I still can't get them to work.
Is it actually fondant that you are using? I use flower paste and a little bit of white fat on the tappits and find that they don't even stick to the tappit - they stay on my worktop & I just peel them out of the excess flower paste. The only letter I've had a problem with is the "D" which I had to cut around with my little wheel cutter.
It needs to be gumpaste!..
I roll out my fondant/gumpaste 50/50 mix or fondant with Tylose added and let it set for about 10 minutes and then I dust it with cornstarch along with dusting the Tappit and I never have an issue. Just let your fondant sit out for a bit, it should help!!
I used these last night, and yes, because of all the fiddly swirly bits, they are a pain to use, much worse than the standard lettering! I find rolling the gumpaste out thinly and letting it sit for a bit helps too, but not much! I had to cut my A about 5 times !
I was stumped by the funky tapits too and I can use the other ones no problem. I have totally given up trying to tap, bang or flick them and now use a really soft paint brush each letter has a tiny gap on the other side so I gently push until I get the letter to start coming out then turn he thing over and get the paint brush under the loosened bit and gently work the whole thing out. The brush I use has bristles about a centimeter long and is a size 1 so it is really fine and doesn't mark the paste.
It really works for me so it might be worth a try!
I've attached a link showing the brush I use to give you an idea of how fine it is - it is the 5th one down on the right - the liner #1
I use fondant and have not had any problems. I roll out the fondant thinly, cut in into strips and then leave it to air dry for about 1 hour. When you allow the fondant to air dry the cut out letters do not stick to the cutter. Just a gently tap and the letters just fall out.
Thanks guys! I wanted to use fondant because they are going on soft sugar cookies. I thought the gumpaste might be a bit too hard. I'll try leaving it out for awhile before cutting them and try using crisco too. I appreciate it.
When I use Patchwork cutters, which I assume are similar (not sure since I don't have the letters, but PC cause the same problems for me)- I use a paint brush and apply Crisco to the cutter, then cut the gumpaste. I tried using fondant, but wasn't successful, but I'm not sure I rolled it thin enough. I think letting it set for a bit might help. let us know what you come up with!
What the heck are tappits? Guess I'm behind on this one.
There's a tutorial on Youtube by Aine2 that is great.
Funky Letter tappits.. Where can I find them or order them ?? I have been wanting them and cant find them !!!Thanks to any one that can answer !
Try globalsugarart.com (on this page).
thanks... where can I find those?
Fiddlesticks and erinalicia
On Globalsugarart.com go to fmm sugarcraft.
found them on globalsugarart but they are out of stock !!! anywhere else ???
I just posted this same question last week... I had NO idea Lorraine did a tutorial!! Would've helped me immensely last weekend! I had to cut the A like 5 times!!
I just wish I could find them somewhere in stock !
. . . if you google "fmm tappit alphabet" several UK suppliers come up (if your really keen on getting them before Globalsugarart gets them in stock) . . . here is the link to Globalsugarart . . . http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=17424 . . . I bet they come in regularly . . . and they do have the other alphabets in stock right now if you are looking for a different font . . .