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Monday, March 4, 2013

How To Use Tappits For Cake Decorating



Have you ever wondered how the pretty font is made on cake boards and cake plaques? The answer is Tappits , which are cutters that can be used with fondant and gumpaste. I use the Funky Alphabet and Numbers Set by FMM. The tappits are simple to use and take a lot of the guess work out of lettering for cake decorating.



Tools Needed

Small Rolling Pin

Pizza Cutter

Small Paint Brush

Fondant or Gumpaste

Nonstick Surface




I will be using fondant for this tutorial. It helps to put the fondant in the freezer for a few minutes so that it will firm up and will be less stretchy.

  • Roll out fondant to 1/8 of an inch. (1/16 of an inch is good also)
  • Cut however many squares you need for the word that you are trying to make.
  • I will be making the word bake, so only four squares are needed. They don't have to be perfect.





  • Find the letter that you are going to need on your tappit.
  • Press it firmly into the fondant and wiggle it around until the edges start to detach.
  • Carefully pull the edges from the letter.



This is what the lettering should look like when you are done with the steps above.





  • Bend the tappit back slightly and tap it against your nonstick surface.
  • This should release the lettering from the tappit.



There are two options for releasing the insides of the letters. You could:

  • Poke the end of a small paintbrush through the inside of the letter while it is in the tappit.


  • Lift the letter up once it is on the nonstick surface and poke the insides out.

Here is what the final product looks like. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new. Have a great week.

Savor The Baking,












  1. i do a lot of cake decorating, but i've never touched fondant! you've taught me something here today, chineka, and made it look so easy!

    1. Thanks Grace. I'm so glad that you could learn something from me. Fondant takes patience and practice to master, but it can be done. :-)

  2. I had been wondering how everyone made such beautiful and perfect letters. Mystery solved!! Thanks for the tutorial. I may have to experiment with tappits.

    1. Thanks Marci. I'm glad that this tutorial was helpful.

  3. I have these and can never get them out, so I am excited to retry using this method! Firmer fondant is a must! Thanks