Food crafting is STILL a big deal in the crafting community- and every day we see more and more tools and products that make it easier andÂ more fun. Case in point: the Wilton “Punch. Cut. Decorate!” line. The system consists of special food-grade “punches”- much like paper punches- that make cutting sugar sheets, fondant, and gum paste a breeze.
But before I get ahead of myself, here’s how it’s described on the Wilton website:
Punch.Cut.Decorate!â„¢ is the new way to decorate everyone will love! The Punch.Cut.Decorate! system features Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper, punches and cutting tools that make it easy to create decorations in dazzling colors and shapes.
The punch itself consists of four parts: the white spring-loaded base, the bottom plate, the top plate, and a silicone cap. To set up to punch, you open the base, place the bottom plate in, pop the top plate into the top portion of the plate and you are ready to go.
If you’ve never used them, they are thin, paper-backed sheets of icing that come in lots of colors and patterns. They are about the thickness of copy paper, and about as flexible.
As you can see from the previous picture, the sugar sheets cut very well in the “Punch.Cut.Decorate!” system. I got a few little rough edges, but then again it was really hot in my kitchen and it might have been perfect if the sheets were a little firmer.
Now, to really put this to the test, I invited my daughter and her best pal over to use the punches to decorate some cupcakes. They had a blast and quickly learned how to swap out the plates to make different shapes.
So, I also thought I should try them with some fondant. I rolled a bit out, and tried it on a number of shapes.
Then I started wondering what ELSE it could cut…..so I did a food swatch test. Really!
But now let’s talk price. The base unit, which comes with an oval cutter, retails for $14.99. (Go figure we didn’t even use that one.) But once you buy the base, you can buy the fancier shape plates for only $5.99 USD (cheaper than paper punches.) And if you want to buy a “nesting” set of 3 shapes, they come in a set for $14.99.
There are border punches, too- and the pricing is the same: $14.99 for the base unit which comes with a scallop insert, but you can buy the other inserts (there are 6 other designs) for only $5.99 USD.
Lastly, the sugar sheets come in 9 patterns and 12 solid colors- and they are sold in a package of 1 for $3.99 each. A little pricey, but they are great for that final “pop” of decoration on your cupcakes, cookies, or cakes. (And while they are edible, they are not super-tasty, so keep them as just a little decoration, OK?)
My bottom line is that this is a really fun way to get the younger kiddos involved in baking/decorating. I’m not a fancy-schmancy baker lady- I bet if you were, you could come up with many more ideas than me! But for family fun in the kitchen, without a huge mess, and with cool patterns and shapes- this system is a winner!
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