mummybear46 Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 11:46pm
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What is the best way for putting lettering on cakes.  I tried the fmm script tappit cutters.

It took me ages trying to get one letter from them and my icing skills are useless. I keep seeing cakes with beautiful lettering on them and wonder what they are using.

 

I want to make cakes to sell but I am sure customers would expect some personalised wording on their cakes.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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RoyalCreamery Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 11:48pm
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AI'm in the same boat as you!! I think piping words is probably my weakest skill!! I try to avoid it all cost

noosalucy Posted 8 Apr 2013 , 11:50pm
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Piping skills take time to develop, and you really need to practice.  Boring I know but its an important skill.

 

I hate the tappit cutters, tapping never seems to get the icing out and they stretch out of shape.  There are plent of alphabet cutters around, many are standard but some funky style lettering.

 

But most importantly - practice your piping!!

kikiandkyle Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 12:02am
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AI don't like the script Tappits, I think the font looks kind of tacky, the block ones are much nicer. I haven't had any trouble using them, but I'm not afraid to bash them on the side of the table!

For piping its just a matter of practice. If I have some leftover frosting or royal icing I just pipe on a plate over and over again. When I have to pipe on a cake I draw it out first on a piece of paper the same size as the area I will be piping in, centering it and making sure it fits. Then I have a guideline to go by when I start on the actual cake. I've even typed up my lettering in Word and tried out different fonts in there for ideas, you could also print that out and try piping over it on some parchment or wax paper.

mommyb Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 12:38am
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What are Tappits and are they difficult to use?

Bluehue Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 2:54am
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What are Tappits and are they difficult to use?

these are tappits and this link gives you a pictorial tutorial

http://cakesdecor.com/RoseAtThePinkCakeBox/blog/540

 

They are very easy to use..

Best bit of advise...after rolling out your fondant or gumpaste...allow either to sit and air dry for a good 4 minutes or so.

That way when you use your tappit, the actual shape wont stretch and drag.

 

After tapping the shape out of the bench...again, let it sit for a good 4 minutes or so - tht way it will have dried enough for you to lift with a spatula and add to your cake.

 

I use sugar glue to attach the little shapes to my cakes.

Using a small brush just dab the back of your letter/shape and place on your cake.

 

Sugar glue

Equal parts castor sugar and water bought to the boil -

Allow to cool - then use.

Keeps in the fridge in a sterilized jar for up to 3 weeks.

 

Bluehue

remnant3333 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:13am
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As with anything keep practicing and it will get a lot easier for you. I only make butter cream cakes so I don't know anything about tappits. When I first started, I used to lightly imprint with a toothpick then I would pipe over the writing but I am sure it is different using fondant.

 

There are plenty of experts here who will be able to help you. Hang in there. I am sure you will get better and better and pretty soon you will be writing like an expert on your cakes. Keep your faith and "own the cake" as some people say!!!

didi5 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:37am
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Yes, writing on the cake is sometimes nerve wracking, it can either make or break it.  Practice makes perfect!  Sometimes when I have leftover buttercream in a pastry bag from a cake project , I would just change the tip to a small round #2 or #3 and take a cake pan and just pipe away.  I like to use the pan so I can practice lettering on the sides of the cake as well.  Then I just scrape of the icing away or put it back in the bag and start over again. 

 

As for tappits, it was very frustrating the very first time I used it.  I had good results with using just gum paste and like other have mentioned, letting it sit out a bit to dry before cutting.  Then I would use the tip of my exacto knife to try and pry it out.  Hope this works out for you! 

Unlimited Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:38am
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I find it's easier to watch others while learning to write. I made a video—see below!

SweetMelissa730 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:51am
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Originally Posted by Bluehue 

these are tappits and this link gives you a pictorial tutorial

http://cakesdecor.com/RoseAtThePinkCakeBox/blog/540

 

They are very easy to use..

Best bit of advise...after rolling out your fondant or gumpaste...allow either to sit and air dry for a good 4 minutes or so.

That way when you use your tappit, the actual shape wont stretch and drag.

 

After tapping the shape out of the bench...again, let it sit for a good 4 minutes or so - tht way it will have dried enough for you to lift with a spatula and add to your cake.

 

I use sugar glue to attach the little shapes to my cakes.

Using a small brush just dab the back of your letter/shape and place on your cake.

 

Sugar glue

Equal parts castor sugar and water bought to the boil -

Allow to cool - then use.

Keeps in the fridge in a sterilized jar for up to 3 weeks.

 

Bluehue

 

 

Tappits are a great option. Do just what Bluehue said but if you tap it and the letter doesn't come out, you can use an xacto knife and loosen one corner or where it looks like its stuck and it usually falls out or you can at least easily guide it out. But you have to let your fondant stiffen up. I usually add a bit of tylose to my fondant so they are easy to get out and don't lose shape when being placed on the cake. 

Lea17 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 10:24am

Love using my tappits!!  I had a hard time using them at first, but after I read up some good points which have been said above, they come out perfect now :)  so i definitely second what has been said above, if you do that you will find them really easy to do!:)
 

AnnieCahill Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 11:29am

Roll your fondant thin and WALK AWAY from it.  Let it sit for a good 30 minutes.  If you are using something like FondX or Duff's it will be more difficult, as those don't really dry.  I always mix the FondX with Wilton and it works fine.  What I do is after the fondant dries, I press in the Tappit and kind of scrub it against the counter until it's cut from the rest of the fondant.  Then I just tap it really hard against the counter until it comes flying out.  Sometimes I have to do it more than once because it flies onto the floor, LOL.  If it doesn't come out on its own, I use a toothpick to gently pluck it out of the mold.

Lea17 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 1:57pm
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 Sometimes I have to do it more than once because it flies onto the floor, LOL.

 

 

haha this happens to me quite a lot!!  sometimes im left wondering where it went LOL!

Crazy-Gray Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 2:31pm
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haha this happens to me quite a lot!!  sometimes im left wondering where it went LOL!

 

I just spilled my tea laughing- that moment of looking around wondering where the heck it went!! lol

Bluehue Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 3:56pm
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haha this happens to me quite a lot!!  sometimes im left wondering where it went LOL!

 

LOLLL, my very first letter was an R......pressed it, formed the R shape...tapped it on the bench then Pfftttt....gone...I looked for 15 minutes...couldn't find it anywhere.... then 2 days later when I was wiping over the top of the fridge....guess what got stuck to the cloth..... A pink R.  icon_redface.gif

It just flew off behind me and hid on the fridge.....  I am hoping we all have a missing R some time in our tappit lives...and that we cant be the only two who have had this icon_redface.gif moment loll

 

Bluehue

Lea17 Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:00pm

AHahaha! I normally find mine eventually on the floor ..... But how they got there I don't know cos I don't aim the tappit to the floor it near the floor lol!!

But I'm certainly glad I'm not the only one LOL!! Yay!! Hehe

Crazy-Gray Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:26pm

AI was utterly perplexed one tappit time: 'tap tap'..... 'Tap tap'...... Hmmmm....... 'Whack!!!'...... 'Search search search, walk round the room looking on the floor, behind everything, under everything'....... The next day i found it stuck under my shoe! I musta stepped back onto it as i began searching the room!

....i wonder if there are any ironic ones; has anyone accidentally P'd in the dish water or had a B land in the flour???

AnnieCahill Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:56pm

I have had them fly all over the place.  I actually roll out more fondant just in case I lose most of them to the great unknown.  Sometimes I hear an occasional snort and that's one of my Bostons who came in and inhaled any rogue letters off the floor.

AnnieCahill Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 5:56pm

Oh yeah, they should call them whack-its, because I can never get them out with a tap.

mummybear46 Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 9:34pm

I have tried piping but have ruined cakes in the process.  I think because I haven't picked it up straight away, gave it up as a bad job.  Tappits now going in the bin.

All4Show Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 9:45pm

I roll out my fondant; place plastic wrap over the strip of fondant & then press hard enough to cut through the fondant.  Plastic wrap keeps it from sticking in the cutter & warping out of shape.

All4Show Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 10:04pm

No need to throw your tappits away.

mcaulir Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 10:47pm
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Originally Posted by mummybear46 

I have tried piping but have ruined cakes in the process.  I think because I haven't picked it up straight away, gave it up as a bad job.  Tappits now going in the bin.

What? Why? If you follow the tips in this thread, they work fine. Much easier than practising piping until you get carpal tunnel!

Relznik Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 11:09pm

With tappits, I've found using gum paste far, far, far, far, far better than fondant.

 

Roll it thin. No, thinner than that.  Can you get it even slightly thinner?  Yes, good, that's about right! icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif  Now leave it for a few minutes to go 'leathery'.

 

I don't whack mine...  I use a a very fine scriber - almost like a large needle - http://www.cakedecoration.co.uk/product.php?id_product=1878  to carefully pic them out. 

 

However, what people always love is when I pipe the inscription.  I usually use a 1.5 tip to pipe it and I use royal icing.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/u/20877/Relznik/sort/album_create_time/photosets/1/page/20/

 

It certainly gives you more flexibility if you can pipe, because you can do it to the size you need.

 

When I have large spaces to fill, that's when I tend to use the tappits.  Otherwise, I pipe!!
 

arlenej Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 12:10am

Clikstix are what I use instead of tappits. With straight gumpaste.Way easier.
I was looking at a tute on writing/piping and what was suggested was to print out your message from the p.c using the font of your choice and practice getting your piping to look like the message. I think it was a ********* tute.

ecb8r2 Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 1:47am

I'm really bad at piping lettering too so I just bought some tappits off amazon.

ecb8r2 Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 1:50am
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Originally Posted by Bluehue 

 

LOLLL, my very first letter was an R......pressed it, formed the R shape...tapped it on the bench then Pfftttt....gone...I looked for 15 minutes...couldn't find it anywhere.... then 2 days later when I was wiping over the top of the fridge....guess what got stuck to the cloth..... A pink R.  icon_redface.gif

It just flew off behind me and hid on the fridge.....  I am hoping we all have a missing R some time in our tappit lives...and that we cant be the only two who have had this icon_redface.gif moment loll

 

Bluehue

I just got my tappits in the mail today, so it looks like I've got something to look forward to.icon_biggrin.gif

allycrumbs Posted 7 May 2013 , 3:10am
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Oh yeah, they should call them whack-its, because I can never get them out with a tap.

 

LOL, I agree! I use tappits on almost all my cakes, and have whacked the lower case block ones so hard that it cracked a little.. I can still use them now (taking care to hold the cracked section for support), but have ordered a back-up set, just in case.

As for flying letters, that happens to me ALL the time, and is quite funny (if you get past being frustrated). I tend to lose the dots over my "i"s and "j"s :)

YummyCreations Posted 7 May 2013 , 4:36am

I find it useful to put the fondant filled mold in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. Just long enough for it to stiffen up a bit and hold the shape of the letter or figure I want to get out icon_smile.gif.

mummybear46 Posted 28 May 2013 , 1:51pm

I have just bought some clikstix letter cutters.  Rolled out some thin fondant dusted slightly with cornflour.  They cut like tappits but they push out the letters.  I bought the groovy ones which looked great.  The customer was so impressed and I was so relieved they worked!  They weren't very expensive and I also bought the numbers as well.  I think they are a great investment.  I made the letters ahead to take the worry out of it. I'm all for the easy option.  

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