How to Use Patchwork Cutters

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How to Use Patchwork Cutters
Use Patchwork Cutters to make ornate cake decorations. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Patchwork Cutters is the trademarked name for a line of pastry cutters used for gum paste, fondant and Mexican paste. Similar to cookie cutters, Patchwork Cutters come in a wide variety of letters and designs to create neat, uniform shapes with no artistic talents required. Cake decorators can use the cut designs to decorate cakes and cupcakes for special occasions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mexican paste, gum paste or fondant
  • Rolling board
  • Vegetable fat
  • Rolling pin

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  1. 1

    Break a small amount of chilled paste and knead it in your hands to make it soft and pliable. The Patchwork Cutters company recommends using Mexican paste for best results.

  2. 2

    Grease a rolling board with vegetable fat and roll out the paste with a rolling pin. Roll the paste according to the size of your cutter -- thinner for a smaller cutter and thicker for larger shapes.

  3. 3

    Grease the pastry cutter with vegetable fat and press it firmly into the rolled-out paste to cut the shape.

  4. 4

    Flick up the edge of the cutter to remove it from the paste.

  5. 5

    Peel any extra paste away from the edges of the cutting.

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