I had second thoughts about these cutters from the beginning but bought them only because I had a coupon...They look very unprofessional to me and don't even look as good as they do on the package! Here's a recent cake I made:
I just feel like these letters ruined the cake! It almost looks like a child cut the letters! The cake was for my DH so I'm sure he doesn't really mind, but I would love some suggestions for a more professional letter cutter. Thanks in advance!
are the metal one's, i bought those haven't used them, i don't like the ones for fondant that look like they are on ruler, a pain in the but, and really small, some said if you refrigerate them for a few minutes, but i don't think they were worth it thank goodness i bought with a coupon, does any one know if there are any script type out the at a nice size, with out buying every letter seperately i think your cake look good, wish we could see the entire cake
I'm not crazy about them either. I only use them on very casual cakes. I use the FMM Alphabet Set more than any other set. It's pretty yet casual.
Yes the do suck!! The only thing I've been able to do with them that worked great was make a bunch of strawberry seeds from using the small circles inside the "8". I would just poke out the inside circles and shape them like a seed which made them a perfect size. Other than that I'm surprised you were able to get the "B" even out!!! Mine just about hit the garbage when I tried to do a "B" about 5 times!
I have heard about other cutters but I haven't bought or been able to try them. ???
I love tappits. Takes a bit of fiddling with to get used to them but once you do they're great!
I'm also joining the hate and frustration club on these!
The B almost made me loose my mind!
I still need to get another set of letters
I too hate the wilton set. They are terribly overpriced and don't work at all. I have found a few sets of Play-doh cutters that work a whole lot better and cost a fraction of the price.
I also bought those with a coupon and they are not usable, just really bad. I have some of the tappits but when I needed that "block" letter style for a child's cake (the hollywood cake in my pics) I used and loved my dd's playdoh letter cutters! I'm just glad I was able to find the letters I needed, should have seen me going thru her boxes of toys... I've kept them for my cake stuff now.
tappits and patchworks.... the best....
Another inferior Wilton product...
patchwork, JEM and tappits have very good letter cutters
Ha - how timely that this thread was posted. Just yesterday a couple cake friends were over for a "fun day" and I pulled out some of my toys and that horrible Wilton letter set was in there. When asked if I ever use it, I told them no, and came "this close" <pinching thumb and finger> to throwing them out and one of my friends laughed and said not to. She knows I'm notorious for throwing things out that I should probably keep, but this letter set is just c-rap.
the b's and p's drive me mad. I so need a new cutter set but I think I will have to order online. The middle of the A cutter has fallen out to boot. I cant find any other than wiltons locally.
I actually like them. I dip the cutter onto my cornstarch puff and then press it on the fondant. They don't stick and I find them convenient to use.
They are very casual looking font.
Try rolling your fondant out and let it dry up a bit. Grease the cutter and then cut. If you are still having difficulty mix the fondant with some gumpaste, roll out, let dry a bit and then cut. Works for me.
I don't like mine either! I tried everything I could think of and they still didn't work well. IF I ever use them again I'll have to let them dry a little. Maybe that's the key.
I didn't have any problems getting the letters out, I just don't like how they look (compared to some of the other cakes I've seen with cut-out letters). But I'll be looking online for the brands you all suggested.
m1m, the letters on the cake in your avatar look wonderful! That's the type of letter shapes I prefer.
If they sold other brands at Michaels, I would never buy anymore Wilton products!
I'm not crazy about them but since they're all I have I've found that I can make them work for me by dipping my cutters in cornstarch and letting my fondant sit for about 10 minutes before cutting. I think the letters are kinda cute
I can not tell you all HOW MANY TIMES I have complained about those cutters! My main frustration has been the "B" (finally tore the inside out of mine and now use a round tip to cut out the centers) as well as the "A" - the fondant always gets stuck and I have to try to push it out! It usually takes several attempts! The "P" is not quite shaped properly either!
I have also thought someone should come out withcutters for slightly larger lettering. There are cutters available for about 4 to 5 inch letters and numbers, but I have found nothing in-between!
And WHY hasn't someone produced some quality "push moulds" for alphabet lettering and numbers???????????? I have bought numerous, adorable, themed push moulds for clay that work just as well for gumpaste and fondant, but have yet to find any suitable for letters and numbers.
I know there are several vendors that carry push moulds designed for cake decorators and they carry a vast variety of designs, but I have yet to find one that carries lettering and numbers.
WHAT IS THE HOLD-UP FOR TOOLS LIKE THIS?????????
I'm so glad to hear it's not just me!!! I am headed to a "real" city next month, and I can't wait to go shopping for some cake toys.
ok i'm confused, they are the medal ones, about 15 dollars, i haven't opened them yet, i do fondant, but i thought they would be good for bc to just to follow the shape. ok i got up and looked, they are wilton i got them on ebay for a good price, but i can see where the B would drive you nuts, i think i'll just use them for bc and fancy them up with some curls at the end of the letters,
The letters on my avatar are the Tappits. I like the font better, but for me personally, I think the Tappits are harder to use.
I have the little metal letters by Wilton and I like mine. You need to do the same thing when using these as you do with Tappits (which in my opinion are not that easy to use). I use my KA pasta roller for my fondant, then let it sit for a few minutes, grease or cornstarch my cutter and that's it. I then let the letters sit again for a minute or two before I put them on the cake just like the Tappits.
If you are talking about a different set what does it look like as I am curious. I know they have this one set where the letters are real deep, like a mold looking letter. I bought those and struggled and swore while trying to use them and took them back!! I then realized that maybe these were supposed to be used with candy melts and now I am thinking about buying then again with a 50% off coupon.
The cutters I used in the photo are the metal ones. I also have the wilton letters that leave an impression in the icing so that you can pipe over it (I forgot about those because they're also a pain to use!). I tested these on fondant and I think it looks a bit better (I just pressed it in enough to leave an impression), so at least I have something to use until I can get the tappits.
When I used the wilton letter cutters, I used fondant with tylose powder so it was stiff enough to pop right out of the cutter.
These are one of the VERY few Wilton products I actually LIKE! I usually only use them for kid's cakes, because they do have that look, but they are SO easy to use! I roll my fondant nice and thin, dip the cutter in cornstarch and cut with no problem. The cornstarch makes the letters fall right out! On the rare occasion a letter sticks I just push it out with a cotton swab.
I also like these; I think they are much easier to use than the JEM cutters I have (although I love the font on those). For a casual birthday cake, I think they are great.
Are there any craft stores (Michael's, Hobby Lobby) that sell Tappits ... or are they just found online
I believe they are only found online; I have never seen them at any of the craft stores.
For those looking for a casual font in medium size (about 1.5in), I like the letters that came in the 101 cookie cutter set that I think you can get at any walmart. They are very similar to the Jello Jiggler cutters that were popular several years ago
These are one of the VERY few Wilton products I actually LIKE! I usually only use them for kid's cakes, because they do have that look...
I agree with you on that one, and that's probably why I didn't like how the lettering turned out. I was hoping I could use those for all types of cakes, but the childish look definitely wouldn't work on a cake for an adult. Maybe I'll hold on to these just for kid themed cakes.