Hints & Tips Cake and Cupcake Decorating
On this page, we want to give you hints, tips and advice on our most popular products.
impressit™ Sugarpaste Stamps
We now have the largest selection of sugarpaste embossing stamps on the market. Our impressit™ brand is the recognised brand for quality and professional results every time.
Here we give you a few hints & tips to make the most of your new products. So go ahead, impressit™!!!
1. The impressit™ stamps, be it an alphabet, message or graphic, come on an acetate sheet and are self clinging to the sheet.
2. Peel the top layer of the acetate sheet back, and you will notice that all the letters are stuck to the other side of the sheet.
3. You DO NOT need to cut the stamps in anyway or glue them. Simply peel off the stamp you require for your project.
4. Use our acrylic block to position your stamps onto. As the block is clear, this means you can place your stamps precisely where you need them to be. No guessing or mistakes. Place the flat side of your chosen stamp onto the acrylic block. Press firmly to make sure it has clung to the block. The raised side is what you use to stamp/impress onto your sugarpaste.
5. The advantage of the acrylic block is that you can build words up and impress a full word onto the paste. You can place the letters onto the block wavy, straight, four corners etc. The block has been purposely designed by us with ergonomic grooves for holding. It is also the perfect size for working with domed cupcake toppers.
6. Roll out your sugarpaste to approx. 3mm thickness. Let it air dry for 5 minutes, then lightly dust with cornflour, using our Cornflour Pouch. Then impress the stamps into the sugarpaste. Use firm, even pressure. This will always ensure neat and professional results are achieved.
If you press too firmly you risk the stamps sticking in your project and the edges of the stamps also showing on your work. If you don’t press firmly enough, or with an uneven pressure, you won’t get a clear result and the effect could look smudged.
7. All of our impressit™ designs are reusable and meant to be kept. However due to the nature of the product and using cornflour and sugarpaste, after repeated use you will find that the stamps may not self cling to the block anymore. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
If your letters lose their cling, simply place in a sieve (so you don't lose them down the plug hole!) and wash in warm soapy water. Allow them air dry over night on a piece of kitchen roll. Also wash your acrylic block. Like magic, they will restore their cling!
8. Store them in the packaging provided, on the acetate sheet until you need them next time. Store carefully to avoid losing any, especially the tiny letters from the smaller sets.
9. Very simple and effective to use, yet your impressit™ stamps will give you the best results every time.
10. Hope this helps, and enjoy your new cake decorating tools.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS
Sugarpaste is the same as fondant.
Use sugarpaste that has been treated with Gum Tragacanth or Tylo. About 1tsp to 250g sugarpaste is ideal for most stamping work. If you are stamping domed cupcake toppers, then ½tsp per 250g is ideal.
You can use our impressit™ stamps on modelling chocolate, marzipan, cookie dough and pastry. Impress your designs on cookies, and pastry before cooking!
Once impressed, you can add even more interest by painting the impressed image. For a fabulous tutorial on this, pop over to TMCC
impressit™ stamps are the brand leader when it comes to your cake and cupcake decorating. Excellent quality and largest selection of designs, you will be guaranteed to get professional results time and time again.
Moulds are a great way of achieving quick effective results. For beginners they add a new dimension to your decorating, whereas some of the more intricate designs can transform even the professionals creations!
All the moulds we use have been tried and tested by ourselves so we know how to make even the most difficult one just pop out with ease. From the tiniest little bow on the Tiny Embellishment mould to the tricky antlers on the Reindeer Mould. Follow these tips and you will have great results every time.
You need to use a release agent with the moulds to make sure they just pop out nice and easily. We always use Trex (white vegetable fat) and you just need the tiniest amount. Smear this all around the mould with your finger. Use a small brush to get into any awkward parts. You shouldn’t be able to see any Trex, if you can see any white, you need to remove most of it.
If your mould has just one colour, work your sugarpaste or fondant (you can also use modelling chocolate, florist paste or marzipan) until it is nice and smooth without any cracks or lines. Then try and gauge how much paste you need for the mould. Don’t piece the mould as you may end up seeing joins which you don’t want.
Press the paste in firmly but make sure you don’t move it around too much as you don’t want a smudged design.
It is important that you don’t have the paste coming over the top edge. Once the mould is filled with paste, it should be completely flush with the top for a very neat and professional finish.
The moulds are nice are flexible which means you can flex them to easily release the design. Once you are happy you have got a very neat finish, flex the mould to release it. Choose an area that is least likely to spoil to support the rest as you lift out.
Place the mould on the Foam Pad or the Foam Drying Tray turned upside down and allow to dry out. Before placing on a cupcake, you should allow at least 24 hours for the sugarpaste to completely dry out. Otherwise you run the risk of your decorations wilting!
If the mould has lots of colours to it, then for best results take the time to build it up slowly using the appropriate coloured sugarpaste. Choose the area that is the deepest within the mould and place the colour in this area first.
Always remember to make sure the colour is completely flush with the area you are filling. Any area that the paste bleeds into will be more apparent once you have finished it. It really is worth taking the time now to get it right.
Carry on in this until the mould is almost flush with the very top. If you have multi colours coming up towards the top, it is best to leave it just under the top and then place one full piece over the top of it all.
Remember, it doesn’t really matter what the back of the mould looks like as you won’t see this!