How Do I Cut Out Intricate Designs In Fondant?

Decorating By perfectcakebyshirley Updated 13 Jun 2010 , 8:39pm by perfectcakebyshirley

perfectcakebyshirley Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 1:56pm
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I need to cut out peace signs (using an exacto knife) from fondant to stick on the side of a cake - any tips on how to do it cleanly? No matter what I do, the fondant keeps stretching when I cut it, and it ends up looking messy. Should I let it dry a little first?

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tesso Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 2:04pm
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that is too funny.. I am doing the exact same thing, cutting peace signs for nieces cake for next month.. okay I am just practicing right now, but so far... I have found that if I use the exacto knife that is flat across the top, I use it to make a rough cut around the circle inside and out. I can then extract the piece from the rest of the fondant, then use a smaller blade and remove the excess and get my perfectly round peace sign with out the "pulling" effect from trying to cut around the piece while attached to the rest of the fondant.

I have an exacto kit with 50 different blades in it. if you dont have one.. invest.. they are only like 7-10 dollars. best thing ever.

jjkarm Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 4:15pm
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Dip the blade into shortening before each cut. This prevents the blade from pulling and stretching the fondant. HTH thumbs_up.gif

Deehrvy Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 4:29pm
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Dip into shortening...hmmmm, gonna have to try that, thanks!

dynee Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 5:07pm
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Another tip I had a lot of luck recently in cutting the lettering design plaque for a cake I'm working on and it turned out great. I drew out the design in reverse on paper and outlined with black marker. Then I rolled yellow fondant on a piece of clear vinyl. It was thin enough that I could cut it by tracing it with my X-Acto on my light box. To apply it to the cake or in my case the gumpaste plaque, I brushed on a tiny amount of water, flipped it over and positioned it where I wanted it and rubbed on the back and then gently peeled off the vinyl. Everything came off slick as you please except the dot for the "i".
LL

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 5:15pm
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Let your fondant air dry for 10 minutes or so before cutting.

BlakesCakes Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 7:09pm
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I recently did a cake w/ peace signs, too. I knew that getting them to look right by cutting them would be a hassle, so I did 2 things:

I bought a chocolate mold ($2.00) for some larger ones and then I bought a cheap peace sign pin at Michael's and used some Amazing Mold Putty (food safe and about $10 using a coupon at Michael's--you'd use about $2 worth for the mold) to make smaller ones.

I was happy to have both items for my stash because I'm sure that I'll use them again.

So quick & easy.

HTH
Rae
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Bluehue Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 7:24pm
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Originally Posted by tiggy2

Let your fondant air dry for 10 minutes or so before cutting.




Indeed - that way it *firms up* and keeps it shape whilst cutting and when cut out.

Bluehue.

DianeLM Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 7:38pm
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In addition to letting your fondant dry for a few minutes, don't try to cut all the way through the fondant while your template is in place. Use a pastry wheel or your Xacto knife to just trace around the template. Then, you can remove the template and make your cuts without worrying about the template moving.

tiggy2 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 7:59pm
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If you want a real easy way to do it get a cricut.

Kims_cakes Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 8:01pm
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Along with the other suggestions, you might also want to roll your fondat as thin as you can. I found it easier to cut this way.

Good luck! thumbs_up.gif

AngelFood4 Posted 11 Jun 2010 , 11:19pm
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

In addition to letting your fondant dry for a few minutes, don't try to cut all the way through the fondant while your template is in place. Use a pastry wheel or your Xacto knife to just trace around the template. Then, you can remove the template and make your cuts without worrying about the template moving.




Ditto. I also rub the surface with shortening so the thinly rolled out fondant sticks to it and keeps it in place while it's being cut. Once cut and trimmed out, let it sit for a few minutes before trying to move it. Pick up the cutout with a very thin trowel/spatula.

I love tiggy2's comment! I have the cricut on my wish list. I do so many cutouts.

Karen421 Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 12:18am
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Originally Posted by tiggy2

If you want a real easy way to do it get a .




I was so going to say that!!! icon_lol.gif

tesso Posted 12 Jun 2010 , 5:39am
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great ideas, I am going to try some of them. Like I said I am trying different techniques right now, the more the merrier!!

also.. what is with the peace signs.. tye-dye themes lately? are we headed into the 60's? again.. or dear lord.. not the 70's.. I couldnt handle the disco !!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

perfectcakebyshirley Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 8:39pm
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Thanks everyone! I was able to get it done by letting them air-dry before cutting. Unfortunately, I ended up putting them one the cake upside-down! Oh well!

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