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post #1 of 31
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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.

post #2 of 31
I'm in the same boat as you!! I think piping words is probably my weakest skill!! I try to avoid it all cost 😭
post #3 of 31

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!!

post #4 of 31
I 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.
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post #5 of 31

What are Tappits and are they difficult to use?

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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

post #7 of 31

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!!!

post #8 of 31

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! 

post #9 of 31
I find it's easier to watch others while learning to write. I made a video—see below!
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Bluehue View Post

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. 

post #11 of 31

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!:)
 

post #12 of 31

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.

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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!

post #14 of 31
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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

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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

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