Cut An Edible Image Out On Soft Fondant?

Decorating By Kiddiekakes Updated 12 Aug 2010 , 6:12pm by Rosie2

Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 1:53am
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Okay...so I have a customer who wanted a few figures mounted on a cake..No problem..I thought icon_confused.gif I have an EI printer so I printed the characters and mounted them on dried fondant...went to go cut them out and the fondant is too hard and the knife is just breaking the image. Grrrr icon_mad.gif so...I print off another EI and this time mount it on fresh rolled out fondant and then tried to cut out the figure with an exact knife...It kinds rips the edge of the EI.Grrrr again icon_evil.gificon_evil.gif

So how exactly do you experts do this? icon_cry.gif I am wasting EI paper and still not getting a perfect cutout.The knife just drags the EI paper and kinda tears it...what am I doing wrong?

Tamivo...You have several cutout images on your cakes...How do you do it?


Laurel icon_smile.gif

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MariaK38 Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 12:23pm
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I'd like to see the answer to this as well.

Thanks!

neelycharmed Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 12:30pm
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Hi,
I'm far from an expert, but I use scissors when I have to cut them out.
Especially when I have a weird or strange shape, less ripped edges too! thumbs_up.gif
Hope this helps,
Jodi icon_smile.gif

cutthecake Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 12:35pm
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Are you using a REALLY sharp knife or X-acto blade? If the image is not too detailed, you can even use a small rotary cutter.

icingimages Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 1:36pm
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Do not wait until it is totally hardened. I have done it with scissors as well as a sharp knife. If the fondant is hard, score the image first and then cut it the rest of the way through. but it is best to do it before it hardens.

icingimages Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 1:37pm
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Another thought is to cut the image before putting it on the fondant, then just cut the fondant around. I think I did it that way the first time I made one!

DianeLM Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 2:38pm
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I only apply EIs to soft fondant. Most of the time I do like Debbie and cut the image first, place on the fondant, then cut around the image again to remove the excess fondant.

Sometimes that's not possible when the image is very detailed. If you want to cut the image and the fondant at the same time, first, roll your fondant as thin as possible. Not only will this make it easier to cut through, your finished figures will be very light and easy to put on the cake.

Make sure you're working on a hard surface.

If there's lots of detail to cut, a sharp Xacto knife is best. If you're cutting out a square or rectangle, a clay blade works best.

Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 2:51pm
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Thanks Everyone for your tips and input!! I did manage to get it somewhat decent and I'll have to spray the edges with darker blue to hide the ragged edges but I can still use it...I did somwhat cut out the image but it had small details like hands etc so I'll know for next time....

Rosie2 Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 3:23pm
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I cut the image first...then I put it on top of the fondant and cut around it with an exacto knife. If the knife drags dip it in cornstarch and it works. Good luck!!

DianeLM Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 5:18pm
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Sometimes with hands and other tiny details, you have to fudge a little. On this cake, I had to sacrifice some details in order to keep the dancing figures in one piece. You wouldn't even know what was missing. icon_smile.gif
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Rosie2 Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 5:24pm
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DianeLM, what an awesome cake!!! thumbs_up.gif and nope you could not tell if something is missing.

Quick question, where do you get silhouette images??

Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 5:42pm
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Great cake...You can't tell the difference..If you don't mind answering...what did you do to get them to stand?

DianeLM Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 5:46pm
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I just did a Bing image search for dancing silhouettes. I've saved a bunch to my hard drive. If you want me to send them to you, email me at eyedewcakes @ yahoo.com (eliminate spaces).

DianeLM Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 5:52pm
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

Great cake...You can't tell the difference..If you don't mind answering...what did you do to get them to stand?




That's a great question. I attached wires to the backs of the dancers' legs with black chocolate. The excess wire was bent to go straight down into thin coffee stirrers inside the cake. Hope that made sense. I didn't take any pictures of the back.

Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 6:50pm
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Thanks Diane!!

erimsy Posted 11 Aug 2010 , 1:02pm
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great cake and tanks for all the helpful replys you guys make it sound so easy. Diane how did you get the kaliedoscope colours?

DianeLM Posted 11 Aug 2010 , 1:23pm
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Diane how did you get the kaliedoscope colours?




Individual pieces of fondant cut to fit the height of the cake. icon_smile.gif

Rosie2 Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

I just did a Bing image search for dancing silhouettes. I've saved a bunch to my hard drive. If you want me to send them to you, email me at eyedewcakes @ yahoo.com (eliminate spaces).


Thank you Diane, I was looking for the silhouette of the guy knealing down and proposing...but couldn't find it.

Thanks a lot for bieng so kind!

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