How to Use 'Tappit' Cutters
Tappits cutters are great for cutting out lettering and other themed sugar decorations for your celebration cakes and cupcakes.
What paste should you use?
Always use a strengthened paste such as: flower paste, it is stronger, and therefore can be rolled much, thinner than any other paste. Make sure it is reasonably dry before starting – if you use a softer flower paste, or it is sticky, leave it exposed to the air to dry a little for 10 mins before you start.
Using a light dusting of icing sugar or corn flour on a non-stick board, roll the paste out very thinly (almost as thin as for flowers) into a long strip.
Place the cutter horizontally, at right angles to the paste, and cut out the letter/number/shape required. Push the cutter backwards and forwards to ensure there is a good cut. If in doubt, carefully turn over and rub your finger over the edges of the cutter – this helps to neaten the edges of the shape as well.
Give the cutter a gentle flick, or a ‘tap’ on the board edge to release. If it refuses to come out just place a pin in one corner of the letter and flick/tap again.
Either use straightaway or leave to dry.
You often find you get a better result by simply brushing out any icing residue before putting away ready for the next use. The letters release much easier next time. There is no need to wash the tappits cutters after every use, just occasionally.