AIt has taken lots of practice but I am at last fairly competent at using stencils / tappits to produce letters in fondant for my cakes. BUT I find it a nightmare to attach them to the fondant on my cake or cake board without making a mess.
Is there a gold standard method of doing this? I have tried water and piping gel but I invariably need to slide the letters around a little to position them and I am left with marks from the adhesive. Is there anything that sticks but dries up without leaving a mark?
Thank you for any help.
A light coat of crisco works well. You could also try the transfer method where you put a light coating of crisco on parchment paper or wax paper, then put you letter on (backwards) and position them how you want them. Once in place on the paper, brush them with crisco or piping gel and lifting the paper, place them on the cake. Slowly peel off the paper; you won't need to slide them around since they will already be lined up.
All you need is a LITTLE water. If it is sliding...then you are using too much water.
yes to add to what kk and sarge said-- apply your water then blot with a paper towel--you only want it tacky
AThank you for all the advice. I will have a go with my next cake. I have been letting the letters dry hard before attaching them, which probably makes thing harder, but I find they stretch and go out of shape really easily if I try to use them soft. Gum trag helps though.
if the pieces are dry then you should be able to pipe on some dots of piping gel to attach them--using small dots should reduce the stray marks -- small dots will allow enough room to position them--to dial them in slightly to adhere them to the surface --
moistened fondant that i described up thread is for un-dried fondant pieces --