Issues W/ My Funky Tappit Cutter....

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IDoCakesinTX Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:22am
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I can't get my fondant out of my funky tappit cutter.....what are the secrets? Gumpaste? Pasta roller? HELP!!!!

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sleeper713 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:33am
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No matter how much cornstarch or PS I use, I can't get fondant out of the tappit cutters. Gumpaste, however, works beautifully!! HTH

Melvira Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:36am
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Yah, they don't work for me either, but I haven't tried gumpaste yet.

ibmoser Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:39am
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Gumpaste - rolled very thin, and allowed to dry a bit before cutting icon_wink.gif

madgeowens Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:57am
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whats a funky tapit cutter?

leah_s Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:59am
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Usually I use a pasta roller, but not always The fondant or gumpaste has to be incrediably thin - almost see thru. Then let it sit on the counter to dry out. Then cut and tap.

tracey1970 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:07am
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I just used mine today (and I have used them many times before). Every now and again, a letter sticks beyond my ability to save it, but most of the time, they come out OK. As mentioned by others, I roll my fondant REALLY thin - I don't have a pasta roller, so I do it myself. It has to be super thin. I also roll mine out on a thin layer of cornstarch (I usually roll out fondant on shortening when I use it to cover cakes) as cornstarch is less likely to cause sticking problems. I also do as mentioned and let the fondant sit for a few minutes after rolling out to allow it to dry a bit. Make sure you give the cutter a good whack on the counter too. Aine2 does a good tutorial on it, but I can't remember if it's on Youtube?? I think tonedna does one on Youtube, if memory serves. Good luck!

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:09am
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Tonedna has a YouTube video about how to use these particular tappits. I have the Funky Letter tappits and had the same problems you are having until I watched Edna's video. Now I have no problems with them at all. I have never used fondant on any of the tappits and only use gumpaste. Here is the link to Edna's video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyS7msb13jE&feature=related

Editing to say that is Ain2's video link and she shows you how to use them as well. icon_biggrin.gif
I will try to find Edna's as well and will post it as soon as I do.

tracey1970 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:09am
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Madge - tappits is a brand name of cutter that you can buy in many shapes and letters/numbers. They are made in the UK and distributed by FMM (do a search on-line). You can get them at many sites in North America too, but I ordered mine from the UK.

jlsheik Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:12am
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I let the gumpaste dry as much as posible and then I rub a little shortening on my surface so that it sticks to the surface not the tappit. If a portion gets stuck I use a exacto knife to tease it out so that it doesnt get messed up.
I believe that Edna has a u-tube video on tappits...you might check that out as well.

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:15am
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And here is Tonedna's great video link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfuxL2PqoVA&feature=channel

ninatat Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:36am
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are you talking about the one's that look like a ruler and really small,, i hate it, took forever to use even made extra, when you pick them up they get out of shape.

Polkadot79 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:40am
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So the secret, is letting it dry? I'm anxious to try again now because I was so excited when I finally got them in the mail, but then it was so hard getting the letters out -- always end up with toothpick marks on them. icon_biggrin.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:47am
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Yah, they don't work for me either, but I haven't tried gumpaste yet.




And thats the reason they aren't working for you. Unless you add tylose to the fondant..plenty!... The first time I used the tappits I bang the hell out of them, used crisco, cornstarch, the works!..
Until I started using gumpaste or fondant with plenty of tylose, then it started working for me..

Edna icon_rolleyes.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:49am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ninatat

are you talking about the one's that look like a ruler and really small,, i hate it, took forever to use even made extra, when you pick them up they get out of shape.




Let them dry for a bit before yo move them..they are easier to work
Edna icon_smile.gif

PS..thanks teekakes..Im glad it work for you too!

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:50am
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Originally Posted by tonedna

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Originally Posted by Melvira

Yah, they don't work for me either, but I haven't tried gumpaste yet.



And thats the reason they aren't working for you. Unless you add tylose to the fondant..plenty!... The first time I used the tappits I bang the hell out of them, used crisco, cornstarch, the works!..
Until I started using gumpaste or fondant with plenty of tylose, then it started working for me..

Edna icon_rolleyes.gif




icon_lol.gif You crack me up Edna!!! I love ya!! Hopefully they will go watch your video! After I watched your video I had no problem with the Funky Letter Tappit..........it is the only one that ever gave me a trouble!

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:55am
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Originally Posted by Teekakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by tonedna

Quote:
Originally Posted by Melvira

Yah, they don't work for me either, but I haven't tried gumpaste yet.



And thats the reason they aren't working for you. Unless you add tylose to the fondant..plenty!... The first time I used the tappits I bang the hell out of them, used crisco, cornstarch, the works!..
Until I started using gumpaste or fondant with plenty of tylose, then it started working for me..

Edna icon_rolleyes.gif



icon_lol.gif You crack me up Edna!!! I love ya!! Hopefully they will go watch your video! After I watched your video I had no problem with the Funky Letter Tappit..........it is the only one that ever gave me a trouble!





icon_lol.gif I swear I almost gave up on them too!..lol..You should had seen me!..I was banging the heck out of them icon_mad.gif , I thought there has to be something easier than this!!!!!...Of course DUH!..I was using fondant too..that didnt help. But I thought, either I break the tappit or I break the table banging it!... icon_lol.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:04am
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Originally Posted by tonedna

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Originally Posted by Teekakes

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Originally Posted by tonedna

Quote:
Originally Posted by Melvira

Yah, they don't work for me either, but I haven't tried gumpaste yet.



And thats the reason they aren't working for you. Unless you add tylose to the fondant..plenty!... The first time I used the tappits I bang the hell out of them, used crisco, cornstarch, the works!..
Until I started using gumpaste or fondant with plenty of tylose, then it started working for me..

Edna icon_rolleyes.gif



icon_lol.gif You crack me up Edna!!! I love ya!! Hopefully they will go watch your video! After I watched your video I had no problem with the Funky Letter Tappit..........it is the only one that ever gave me a trouble!




icon_lol.gif I swear I almost gave up on them too!..lol..You should had seen me!..I was banging the heck out of them icon_mad.gif , I thought there has to be something easier than this!!!!!...Of course DUH!..I was using fondant too..that didnt help. But I thought, either I break the tappit or I break the table banging it!... icon_lol.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif




icon_lol.gif and I can picture you banging the tappits because I did the same thing and was using pure gumpaste~! Those Funky Tappits really made my blood pressure rise so I just threw them in the drawer until I watched your video! Now Funky letters is not so bad any more! thumbs_up.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:19am
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Have you ever tried this ones??

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=16588


First time I tried them I thought I had wasted my money.. Finally I decided to use them like I used the tappits
and they surprisingly work great!...Now I love them!
Edna icon_smile.gif

KKC Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:21am
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I purchased that cutter like 3 or 4 months ago so excited to use them and I couldn't get the fondant out of the cutter lol...it wasn't until I came and asked here and they said to use gumpaste lol. I got so angry with that cutter I threw it somewhere in a box and haven't touched it since.

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:24am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tonedna

Have you ever tried this ones??

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=16588


First time I tried them I thought I had wasted my money.. Finally I decided to use them like I used the tappits
and they surprisingly work great!...Now I love them!
Edna icon_smile.gif




No I have not but think I am going to!! Those are gorgeous flowers shown made by the cutters! So they actually do make flowers that pretty!? Do you have a cake on here or flickr showing your flowers made with them? I would love to see some you have made from these cutters! icon_biggrin.gif

madgeowens Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:41am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tracey1970

Madge - tappits is a brand name of cutter that you can buy in many shapes and letters/numbers. They are made in the UK and distributed by FMM (do a search on-line). You can get them at many sites in North America too, but I ordered mine from the UK.




thanks so much

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 4:04am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Teekakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by tonedna

Have you ever tried this ones??

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=16588


First time I tried them I thought I had wasted my money.. Finally I decided to use them like I used the tappits
and they surprisingly work great!...Now I love them!
Edna icon_smile.gif



No I have not but think I am going to!! Those are gorgeous flowers shown made by the cutters! So they actually do make flowers that pretty!? Do you have a cake on here or flickr showing your flowers made with them? I would love to see some you have made from these cutters! icon_biggrin.gif





I havent done the full flower, but used it in making some daisies and magnolias..
Edna icon_smile.gif

Teekakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 4:10am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tonedna

Quote:
Originally Posted by Teekakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by tonedna

Have you ever tried this ones??

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=16588


First time I tried them I thought I had wasted my money.. Finally I decided to use them like I used the tappits
and they surprisingly work great!...Now I love them!
Edna icon_smile.gif



No I have not but think I am going to!! Those are gorgeous flowers shown made by the cutters! So they actually do make flowers that pretty!? Do you have a cake on here or flickr showing your flowers made with them? I would love to see some you have made from these cutters! icon_biggrin.gif




I havent done the full flower, but used it in making some daisies and magnolias..
Edna icon_smile.gif




Well see what you have done now! I ordered those cutters and a good bit more! Going to GSA is dangerous! You are a BAD influence in a really GOOD way!! icon_lol.gif I will get some gumpaste colors going and plan to make a few of the full flowers when the cutters come in. icon_biggrin.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 4:52am
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lol lea..I dont regret buying mine!..But now you have to post the full flowers..
Edna icon_smile.gif

kickasscakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 5:41am
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Edna you are a cool chick! I would love to sit under some of your teaching.... Think you might be in Vancouver, BC anytime soon!?

lthiele Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 9:22am
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I can get them out (after lots of practice and a few swear words) but my problem is that after I let them dry and then try to apply them to the cake, I always have a breakage. Some of the letters get SO narrow in places - drives me crazy! Anyone else find that happens? Maybe it's just the ones I bought. icon_confused.gif

ninatat Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:08pm
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ok i'll try mine again thanks

cuchenscm0109 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:54pm
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I used fondant with mine the first time I used it (didn't read the directions cause, duh, I know what I am doing) and rolled it WAY to thick. My experience trying to get the fondant out of the cutter went something like this....."**whack whack** icon_mad.gif "You son of a......!" ***whack whack whack*** break icon_cry.gif . Watched Edna's video on Youtube...."ohhhhh" icon_surprised.gif "use gumpaste and roll thin". Now I love my Funky cutters. Thank you Edna thumbs_up.gif I think you saved everyone in my house from the whacking wrath of the Funky Cutter.

tracey1970 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 1:56pm
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lthiele - the same thing happens to me. I guess it's to be expectied with such "fine" and thin lettering. I just make well more than I need and have back up. Although I have had all my back ups break on me too, and I had to stamp a new letter on the spot (not giving it time to dry), but that doesn't happen often.

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