Topic Title: Flower Plunger Cutters--Awesome Deal--credit goes to Cupcations Created On Friday August 26, 2011 9:43 PM
Posted: Friday August 26, 2011 9:43 PM
I was at CakeCentral.com for a moment and saw this thread by Cupcations--
(Info below is from her post for those of you who don't feel comfortable visiting that site.) This is all credited to Cupcations (who makes Gorgeous cupcakes, btw!) Here's her site where she's used these plunger cutters: http://cupcations.blogspot.com/
"For whoever is "plunger cutters" shopping, I found these:"
"Its an awesome deal I bought mine from China off ebay 7 months ago & I love them (not from the same seller though)."
Now this is whoknew? talking. I went ahead and purchased the $20 set of 23 plungers. Figured what the heck, I spend that at McDonald's with the kids.
they look great, and I love a good bargain... but what do you guys use these for? sorry to sound foolish... is it fondant etc.... also visited Cupcations, her work is beautiful... Any pointers on the fondant application... love the look.. is it just mmf with the embelishments then put on over buttercream and smooth
teenykat, already told ya, there are NO dumb questions on this forum. Plungers are a super-easy version of fondant cutters. They save a LOT of time and produce much better detailed (embossed) fondant cut outs because you don't have to poke them out of the cutter by hand, the plunger does it for you. A good example is the snowflake plunger cutters. Those would be miserable to make without a plunger because the edges are so detailed.
"Essentially, a fondant or gum paste cutter is like a small cookie cutter. It is simply pressed into fondant or gum paste to cut a certain design out of the icing. Plunger style cutters are similar, except that when you lift the cutter, the plunger can be pressed gently to push the cut design out of the cutter for you to use on your cupcake." (from www.cupcakerecipetips.com)
Here are some examples of fondant done with plunger cutters. In this 1st link, look at the butterfly on the cake pop. It is done with a PME butterfly plunger:
Cake pop with butterfly: http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=16&threadid=153721&STARTPAGE=1&CFID=204016541&CFTOKEN=90993611
Plunger used to get that butterfly: http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?productId=636811
Another example of the butterfly plunger/cutter: http://www.cakesbysam.com/store/cart.php?target=product&product_id=22463&substring=plunger
Here's an example of a snowflake plunger/cutter: http://www.cakesbysam.com/store/cart.php?target=product&product_id=22358&category_id=292
Here's an excellent article on these cake tools:
Thanks once again Whoknew? you guys truly are the best,, Not a fan of cake pops personally, But I did see them in the past and wondered about the butterfly... Deff gonna order the 23pc set seems like the butterfly is in there as well... Never ordered from China on Ebay, 1st for everything.... What do you think would work best for that type of application 50/50 fondant / gumpaste so they don't get soft while on buttercream.. I was wondering how the snowflakes come out... that will be fantastic... now if they would only make "tappits" or letters like that it would be fantastic...
Well Whoknew, I ordered me some. I did not order the sets because I had a lot of those already. But I did order the butterfly, snowflake, maple leaf, rose cut outs, reg leaf, cutter embosser and 2 black bicycle lights and 2 blue lights for me. Can't wait to get them.
My HB and me bought two used bicycles, mine is light blue, with crom bumpers. I name it Blue Lighten and so far I am burning up HB who can't keep up. It's the old fashion like I grew up with, just pedal and stop, love it. Got to do something to keep this caken under control.
Teresa, you and DH will have transportation when the aliens come and zap us with an EMP burst.
teenykat, I agree, Tappit Plungers would be great! Expensive, but great. If they are going to be eaten, I just use straight fondant, but if it's just decoration that won't be eaten, go 50/50 or straight gum paste.
I've been wanting plungers for the little flowers that take SOOOO much time with cutters. They are perfect to pop on a cupcake or a chocolate covered Oreo.
I have some plunger cutters that I bought over in the craft section of Hobby Lobby, Lisa P (something). I've used the flower ones so far and they work great. Use the plunger to cut out the shape. Lift it up and with your small fondant rolling pin, go over the bottom of the plunger to get nice clean edges. Place it back down on your board, press down again to get a good impression, then lift the plunger up, and push out the cut piece of fondant. Works great and looks great too!
Spooky-- I haven't tried the roller method to get clean edges, think it might be too much work. I just use my fingers to run along the edges, then impress and release. I also purchased the LisaP plunger leaves set from Michael's with a coupon, but still horribly expensive!
WhoKnew, I totally agree, I cant wait to order some. If they work out nice will have to get the snowflake ones... I make choco oreos all the time and buy those edible sugar decorations.. but this is so much better, never thought of that.. WTG.. I like them for decorating, so a little stiff would be great, but what if people want to eat them off a cupcake and they are 50/50...hmmmm
Whoknew, it really isn't that much more work. I just lift up the plunger with the fondant in it, take the small rolling pin, run it over a couple of times, put the plunger back on the board or counter, press down to make the impression, then remove the fondant. Very easy to clean up the edges this way.