Silhouettes

I have seen some stunning cakes with hand cut silhouettes recently. I love trying new techniques and have a cake in the horizon where I would like to try this out. Has anyone got any tips they could share please eg: how to stop paste from dragging when cutting, coping with the fiddly bits etc. many thanks

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miettes ...

A quick tip is add tylose powder to your fondant (if fondant you are using too soft) and let it sit for a bit well covered. Roll and leave it for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting, after you’ve drawn the silhouette, so that paste won’t drag. Also, try not to roll too thin. Hope this helps!!

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

Yes, I find they cut much easier with gumpaste thats been left for a little while after rolling out. And make sure your knife is super sharp! :-)

Roo's Little Cake Parlour ...

I am excited about trying out this new technique, but a bit apprehensive too. Thanks for the tips.

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

Thats the thing I love about sugarpaste. Give yourself some time and keep practicing, cos you can scrunch it up and do it again if you dont like it! :-)

Jenniffer White ...

Cut the silhouettes out of modeling chocolate – it cuts much cleaner with no stretching.

Prima Cakes Plus ...

I find cutting with a scalpel is a ton easier than an x-acto knife. It leaves a lot less ragged edges.

Roo's Little Cake Parlour ...

I have never used modelling chocolate, but keep hearing good things about its properties. I definitely have to give it a whirl.

Violet - The Violet Cake Shop ...

I like to grease down my blade with a bit of shortening in between cutting and scrape or wipe with wet cloth every so often to get rid of any build up…these both help keep the cut clean looking.

Roo's Little Cake Parlour ...

Am going to have a little experiment this morning, will put all your tips into action.

Little Apple Cakes ...

find a template online, cut it out and roll out your fondant with added tylose or you can just use gumpaste. put a generous amount of shortening on top of you fondant and put the template on top, that will prevent the template from moving and dragging your fondant. hope this helps :) just cut and have fun :)