An easy and effective way to decorate with fondant is using fondant cutters. Fondant cutters can be used to make ribbons and bows, flowers, geometric shapes, letters, numbers and more. Besides being a versatile tool, fondant cutters are also very easy to use. The specific how-to may vary slightly depending on each tool but basically it will always be some variation of rolling the fondant out, pressing firmly with the cutter and removing your desired piece. Package instructions and experience will help you determine how thick to roll the fondant and what non-stick surface will work best. If you donâ€™t care for the taste of fondant using fondant cutters is a great way to decorate with fondant without having to cover an entire cake with it.
Since there is such a large variety of fondant cutter available you have to be selective in determining which ones will be most useful for your needs. Start by purchasing basic fondant cutters, like simple flower plunger cutters, alphabet set, simple multipurpose frill cutter and a few basic geometric shapes. Specialty fondant cutters like a life-size baby bootie, a seasonal Christmas Patchwork or calla lily cutter are all wonderful tools to have available but may not be used as frequently as some of the more basic cutters.
Fondant cutters can be used in more ways than just cutting out a simple piece and attaching it to your cake. Be creative with fondant cutters and use them to decorate cupcakes, cookies and pie dough. Use fondant cutters to layer several flowers together to make a 3-d flower or layer ribbons with holes cut-out for a unique effect. More detailed fondant cutters can be used for embossing, creating 3-D shapes and realistic looking gum paste flowers. Taking a fondant class will allow you to test out several fondant cutters and get great hands on experience of the best way to use them. Books and the internet are also great sources for learning all the ways that fondant cutters can be used.
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