Originally Posted by cherrycakes
Well, I tried a RIT for the first time on Wednesday. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out but now I'm petrified to take it off the plastic wrap! Are there any tips that I should try? It's taped to the back of a cake pan so I'm thinking that I'll have to put something over it (like a magazine?) to support it while I flip the pan over but then I'm concerned that the RIT will break in the process! I spent way too much time on it for it to break!! If I can get it on the backside successfully I would like to reinforce it with more royal icing as it will be going onto a buttercream cake. Is this the best way for me to get the RIT off the plastic wrap? Thanks!!
Wow, your transfer looks amazing! I know how you feel about removing it, that part is the hardest
The transfer looks really big, is it? The bigger it is the harder it is to remove it. I have never done any piece larger than about 15 centimeters (approx. 6 inches). At least you don't have any fragile pieces sticking out so that will help you.
If you put a magazine ontop of it it will break for sure. I will try to explain how I would do it, hope you can follow. First of all, if the plastic is taped to the cake pan, you need to remove the tape somehow. Cutting it away with an exacto knife or something is probably the safest way. If you mean that the paper with the image on is taped to the cake pan, then you don't have to do anything.
Carefully drag the plastic so that the bottom of the transfer will get closer to the edge of the cake pan. Once you have the egde of the transfer on the edge of the cake pan slowly pull the platic downwards making the transfer slide off into the air. It will be sticking out from the edge of the pan. Take something that is flat and hard and will stay flat, like a chopping board or something, in your left hand and carefully support the part that is hanging out while you continue to drag the plastic with your right hand, sliding the transfer onto the chopping board. Once the whole transfer is on the chopping board, the plastic will be gone. I would then carefully just slide it onto the buttercream without trying to reinforce the back. If you can get it on the cake without breaking it, it will not break while it's on the cake.
Lift the cake pan up with one hand (left if you are right-handed). Take something hard, flat and non-heavy, like a piece of cardboard maybe in your other hand and hold it ontop of the transfer, close to it but not letting the weight of it rest on the transfer. With a quick movement, flip the whole thing over and lay it down on a flat surface (not letting the weigth of the cake pan ever rest on the transfer), the transfer is now face down on the parchment paper. The plastic can now be removed, and if it breaks do as in alt. 3.
This is what I usually do, but I don't know where the RIT size limit is for this type of lifting.
Take a hold of the platstic with both hands at the top of the image, drag it slightly towards the edge of the cake pan, so that the plastic is not sticking. Carefully lift the plastic with both hands, dragging it upwards and towards you at the same time. Once you have it free from the cake pan, hanging in the air you carefully lay it down (face down) on a piece of parchment paper. When it is laying down, you can remove the plastic. If it breaks, you can push the pieces together where they cracked. Then you can fill in the back. If it was broken and you pushed it together, the cracks are usually not noticable. Mine break all the time, and I still use them.
Anyway you try to remove it, it will break if it is not completely dry. So, make sure you have left it to dry long enough. How long depends on the size, the bigger it is the longer time it takes.
I hope this helps you a little. It is hard to explain in words how to do it... Please post your experience when you have gotten it off the plastic. I would love to hear how it turns out. And remember, if it breaks it can usually be fixed.