Tappits know how - Our Top Tips
Monday, 18 August 2014 | sioned@thevanillavalley
Learning to use the FMM Tappits can be tricky, but once you figure them out you'll see how quick and easy it is to produce a range of fonts and decorative shapes to jazz up your cakes.
Choosing the correct paste is no doubt the key to success when using these cutters. Sugarpaste we find is far too soft, and you'll have great difficulty releasing the shapes without any deformation. Adding Tylo Powder to the sugarpaste toughens the consistency and makes it far easier to work with. We personally prefer to use Mexican Modelling Paste or Florist Paste which require no additional ingredients.
Begin by dusting your work surface with a little cornflour. Roll out a strip of paste as thin as you can. Place your chosen letter into the paste and move in a circular motion whilst pressing firmly to ensure the shape's cut through. Pick up the cutter and firmly tap on the side of your work surface, the letter should drop out. We admittedly had a few stray letters fly across the room when we first began, be patient, stick with it and you'll soon get the hang of it! You'll occasionally find a few letters to be stubborn and these can be teased out with a pin or cocktail stick. The letters can then be used instantly, however if you leave them to dry you may find it easier to place in position before sticking them down with either a little royal icing or Edible Glue.
Here's some examples from the extremely talented Sioned from HQ .....
FMM Tappits - Alphabet Upper & Lower Case
Fmm Tappits - Funky Alphabet Upper & Lower Case
FMM Tappits - Script Upper & Lower Case
Give it a go, choose a font to suit the theme and with a little practice you can produce a finished piece with a tidy professional look for any occasion. Simple when you know how!