I have to make some snowflake toppers for cupcakes for an upcoming wedding. I'm looking at my choices of cutters/molds and am considering these options:
I like the first impression molds for their intricacy and variety, but I want something very delicate and thin-these molds don't look so delicate and thin. Anybody have any experience with these?
I also like the celshapes for the variety, but I'm not sure how easy those molds are to work with. Anyone use celshapes molds before and have any feedback?
I'm sure the patchwork are fabulous, but the lack of variety of shapes makes them lower on my list.
Any feedback people can provide would be fabulous, and if you have other suggestions for molds or cutters please share!!!
I have used all of them. Of the three the easiest was Patchwork, and the most difficult was CelShapes. The detail on First Impressions was beautiful, but they are definitely not thin little snow flakes. If you need to make just a few, these options are great, but if you need to make a lot of snow flakes, I wouldn't use any of those. What was quicker, and I liked the best was using scrap book punches of snow flakes, and these http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=20761 The scrap book punches worked wonderfully, were much quicker, and there was a huge selection of styles and sizes. Simply roll out your paste very thin and let it dry 5 minutes on each side, then punch away. I would have pulled my hair out from frustration if I had had to make a couple hundred snowflakes for my cake using any of the 3 you mentioned, they are not quick and easy.
PME now has a plunger set that is snowflakes. They would be simple to use, but would not give a variety other than in size. Global Sugarart carries them individually or as a set.
PME now has a plunger set that is snowflakes. They would be simple to use, but would not give a variety other than in size. Global ugarart carries them individually or as aset.
Thanks for your advice! I did see the PME ones but the lack of variety and simple design was steering me towards the other choices. Ease of use is going to be a huge factor, though. I've got 100 cupcakes to do so perhaps I WILL go with the PME.
If you are happy to go to the extra effort, the thinnest, most delicate look is to pipe them with a fine tip in royal icing, then when they are dry, brush with lustre dust or some other sparkly dust (like Edable Art Disco Glitters for a real lovely sparkle).
Thank you for the suggestion. I did consider piping the snowflakes, but my experience with piping royal icing hasn't been too good.
I have the mini Sunflower Sugar Art snowflake molds and they break constantly trying to get them out of the molds (no matter what I use or what I do.) I have the PME plunger snowflake cutters now but you have to make it a clean cut or you will have that uncut look around the arms of the snowflakes.