Using my Silhouette to cut Gum paste

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One of the reasons I wanted to get a silhouette was so I could use it with fondant.  Now the silhouette machine isn’t approved by the FDA to use with food.  But I have NO doubt it will be soon.  It’s fantastic.  And because it’s the silhouette you get all the same benefits.  Use your own font’s, images, create your own images, etc…

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For this trial cake I used the brightest colors I had on hand so you could see it better.  To begin with you want to use a different blade that what comes with the normal silhouette.  I bought this blade and kit from Linda McClure.  Just getting the blade is worthwhile, but she also has great instructions, tips, tricks, etc…   Including a recipe for making your own gumpaste (which I haven’t tried yet, but it looks easy enough).

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I ended up having to remix my fondant so it changes colors halfway through the tutorial.  I didn’t want to bother with gumpaste this time.  So I used my fondant and added some gumpaste powder to give it strength.  This is important because it will allow you to roll out the fondant super thin and stay strong. It does make it very tough, so don’t add TOO much.

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I rolled it out the best I could then I used my pasta maker to roll it out even more.  I didn’t go to the thinest, but the second thinnest I could get it.

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Linda shares what she uses for a mat, and how she makes/creates it too.  I’m assuming you could use a cricut cake mat, but I just followed her great instructions.  It took some trial and error to get large enough sheets the right size to work with.

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It also took quite a bit of trial and error to get the cutting just right.  Lucky the silhouette software has a great test cut feature!  First I had to adjust the blade itself correctly, THEN I had to adjust the thickness in the silhouette software.  Linda teaches you using her favorite software, but I personally enjoyed using the silhouette software.

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Here you can see that the font and writing worked great, but if you look JUST above it the more detailed design I wanted didn’t work out too well.  it was TOO detailed for the soft fondant.  It might’ve worked with gumpaste, but honestly I think I needed to make the design simpler.

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I just used clear vanilla to attach the writing.  I ended up going with flowers instead of the detailed grass/flowers I wanted.  Anyway, it was a great trial run, and I can’t wait to play with it some more!

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I BOUGHT my very silhouette kit from Dessert Designs. I am in no way affiliated with them, and they don’t even know I wrote this post. I just think she has a great product (the special blade) and good ideas and instructions.

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    • says

      Isn’t it! I figured people started using the criciut for this before the criciut cake came out so I could use the silhouette for it as well. But you really do need this other blade. None of the blades the silhouette comes with will cut the thicker fondant, let alone be food safe.

    • says

      There actually ISN’T a food silhouette yet. Only the cricut has that. But people started using the cricut for this before they had the cricut food as well, and with the silhouette you get so many more options of designs since you aren’t pinned down with cartridges. So I figured why not go for it! I would bet they are working on getting FDA approval so they’ll have their own food version soon enough. Or hopefully just a blade and mat option

    • says

      That’s great! It was totally worth it. I haven’t tried her print and cut yet, don’t want to invest in edible ink and a 2nd printer!

    • says

      exactly!! I just couldn’t see getting the type of machine that needed a ton of expensive cartridges all the time. So the silhouette was just brilliant! love love LOVE it already!

  1. says

    This is FANTASTIC! I had no idea my machine could do this lol. I have the older version. It’s not the SD, does that matter? My birthdy is in two weeks and I’m going to ask the hubs for her kit =)

    • says

      It doesn’t matter at all! You’ll be able to use it with the original machine too! I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Her tutorials are great, let me know if you have any questions! I used fondant with gumpaste powder, but her recipe for gumpaste is super easy too!

  2. Sue says

    Did you cut the dollar tree mats or just use them as is and mark the cutting area? It looks like your mats are wider than the Silhouette mats.
    Thanks

    • says

      i did cut them to fit into the opening, but they ARE larger than the silhouette mats, I drew the lines on (the back side) to match the silhouette mat so it matches where it can actually cut.

  3. Jessica says

    Can you help me? I am using my silhouette to cut gum paste per Linda’s instructions but I cannot use the MTC that she likes to use (I have a mac) and I have let my gum paste rest overnight already rolled out but when I cut my design it just tears up the gum paste. I have adjusted the special blade 20 times and can’t get it right as well as the custom settings in the SS software for thickness. What did you do and what paper setting in the SS software did you use? Thanks so much for any help or advice you can give!!! :)

    • says

      I use the silhouette software myself. and I don’t use a paper setting I created my own setting. I set the speed slow, like 3, and the thickness thick, like 24. I left those settings alone and then played with the blade adjustment. I actually rolled out the fondant (I used fondant with a bit of gum paste powder added to it) and cut it right away actually. I didn’t do it frozen or cold or having set out. When I had the blade too short it cut up my fondant, or when I tried to small or detailed of a project it also tore it up. play with a simple thick design. Oh… Also I didn’t go quite as thin as she did with her pasta maker. I think my pasta maker is different from her’s. In the end my fondant is the thickness of a penny and my blade sticks out about the thickness of a nickel. I hope that helps a little???

    • says

      It works with all digital cutters, and The website I got my blade from has blades for all the different machines with great tips on getting started! Good luck!

    • says

      Pretty darn awesome huh? I’m still getting the hang of using it, I keep having to reroll out the fondant and tweak here and there. But so worth it.

    • says

      I’m still getting used to it, I tend to scrap the first few attempts and get it right the third time. But it’s worth it and I get better every time I try it! Let me know how it goes when you try it!

    • says

      I hope it helps you! I’m so glad I ordered the kit, the blade and tips make such a difference. I think a few more cakes and I’ll have a better handle on it!

    • says

      The blade and her video in the kit is so so SO worth it, but be patient, it still takes playing around with it quite a bit. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  4. says

    So totally awesome. No other way to describe this idea! Now I really can’t can’t can’t can’t wait to get a Silhouette for my birthday. Only a few more months! Thanks for sharing :-)

    • says

      ohhhh and you’ll get the larger silhouette, the Cameo! If only I’d waited 6 more months… JEALOUS! You’ll have so so SO much fun with it.

  5. says

    Hey Ashlee!
    Thank you so much for your tutorial and your above comments! I’ve been playing all weekend with my cameo trying to get it to work with gumpaste. I’m having a problem with it not sticking/sliding around on the cutting mat as soon as the machine starts to cut. I’ve tried using both a lot of shortening and a teensy bit of shortening and everything in between but it keeps getting pushed around. Do you have any advice? What do you do to help your fondant/gumpaste stick?

    • says

      huh… I don’t have a cameo, but the original SD, but can’t imagine they are any different. Are you using the special blade??? A cutting mat rather than the cameo mat? is it thin enough? those are the three things I would play with first, as for the amount of shortening, I rub it between my hands then on the mat, then lay down the fondant, then run my hand over the top as well, with whats left on my hands, sometimes adding a bit more to the top just to keep it from drying out. let me know if any of those things work and I’ll keep thinking of what else it could be.

  6. Mia says

    I’m having the same problem :(
    Jessica, were you able to solve the problem?
    I’m using commercial moulding paste which is the equivalent of gum paste. I have tried using the mat that Linda McClure included in the package, the Cameo mat as well as card stock as the mat moves as soon as the blade starts even though it is under the rollers (they are locked down) and then the paste tears as well :(

    • says

      I’m so sorry, I’ve only tried it a few times and I didn’t have those issues at all. So all I can do is make guesses. Do you remember to move the black rubber rollers off to the side? I’d try asking Linda… she probably has more answers than me. I’ve never worked with moulding paste, but I think its a lot stiffer and that might be causing the problems, as well as the paste could be too thick maybe?

  7. Kate says

    I tried clicking your link to buy the special blade you recommend but it is not working. Could you direct me to the correct site? Thanks!

    • says

      I bought the kit from her, her housing and her blade, I don’t know any more than that. My computer started having issues, and I ended up having major problems with the silhouette, so I didn’t try again for awhile. I now have the cameo and haven’t tried it again. thanks for the reminder, I’ll try again!

  8. Pierrette says

    Hi,
    Just found your tutorial in Pinterest, it is really a great tutorial. Thank you for making it.

    I’m just wondering about the possibility of using your Silhouette for paper after you’ve used it for gumpaste or fondant. Does it leave any trace that would appear on the paper? I’m just thinking of the shortening used to help make the fondant or gum paste rollable, that wouldn’t be good for paper. Is this a situation that once you’ve used it for this you no longer use it for paper or if you can go back and forth between the two.

    Thanks for your time.

    • says

      I go back and forth all the time, but I use a different blade for each, that’s the only part that touches the fondant anyway.

  9. Rhonda says

    Great job. Love it!
    How do I use my own images with the silhouette? I tried using pictures and clip art and it won’t work for me. I want something very specific. Do you know how I can do it?
    Thanks, Rhonda

    • says

      what are you trying to do? print and cut? or just cut a shape? When you go to the silhouette studio click “open” then change it to “all files” then open your image, size it to where you want it (it works best to have it black and white so I always create a black shape in photoshop first) then click the tab for “trace” then “select trace area” create a box around your image, then “trace outer edge” and voila! If you have white or empty spots you” want to change the trace settings so that everything you want cut out is the bright yellow then click “trace” instead of “trace outer edge”. does that help?

  10. Josi says

    Wow, great job,
    Never thought a Silhouette could do that. I didn’t know they had a blade for fondant. Or are you using the cricut blade?
    I have a Cricut cake and use it for paper too I just change the blades
    Thanks

    • says

      Nope, it needs to be a special blade holder or it will be too low on the gumpaste/fondant and ruin it. I’ts not made by silhouette, but by the off company I link to that sells the blade.

  11. says

    hi Ashlee

    Awesome write up. I am beginning my journey to build my own cake empire, lol, and would like to enquire on how the Silhouette machine is going. I am interested in the Silhouette Cameo unit which looks promising especially due to the fact that I want to do speciality cakes.

    Many thanks in advance…Avi

    • says

      Um, I don’t use it very often, It usually takes a couple passes and since I do so many different styles of cakes it’s rare that one comes up where I use this. I used it for the Peter Pan shadows cake, and was SO happy with it!

  12. Shannon says

    I am having SUCH a horrible time with this machine I want to throw it out the window of my craft room. You say “trial and error”.. How much exactly?? I am trying to be optimistic and I am SO glad I can do all this by hand anyway, it would just free up time for me for it to work right.. thoughts? Advise? Suggestions? I also got Linda’s kit and figuring out the blade settings is exhausting and expensive. I’ve tried using the sugar sheets after the fondant didn’t work. I am just a mess. Any suggestions would be wonderful..

    • says

      I got it on my third try. I still have accidents every once in a while. I don’t use the premade sheets, I just add some gumpaste powder to my fondant to strengthen it then use it. That way if it doesn’t work I just re knead it, roll it out again and try again. using my pasta roller to get it thin enough is KEY, I could never roll it out by hand thin and even enough. I thought her video was great but I’ve never been able to get it as small and detailed as her designs, I stick with much simpler stuff and it’s usually okay. I am so sorry your having a hard time. I rarely do a cake design that needs this done, so I don’t do it often enough to have very much to say. I used it for my peter pan cake, and… I can’t think of another time I used it!

      • Shannon says

        Well I am certainly happy that I know how to do all that fancy stuff with an exacto blade and time that’s for sure!!

        • says

          I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the new Cricut Explore this month! I have HIGH hopes it will work better, I’ll do a review with the gumpaste and let you all know!

      • Desiree says

        are you using Linda’s recipe or another brand? Im having the same issues! :( the only things i havent tried are using the $1 store mats (im using cardstock like Linda says) and i havent tried her recipe either. im going to this weekend and HOPE it works!

        • says

          I’m not using a recipe, just the satin ice fondant with gumtex, gumpaste or sometimes a fondant gumpaste mix. I got the $1 store mats, I never use the cardstock. I’ve bee happy with them.

  13. Amberoo says

    Which Silhouette additional program do you use to create your own designs? I’ve been meaning to buy one, but from what I remember there are a couple options. I tried to find where I read it on Linda’s blog, and can’t find it for the life of me.

    • says

      I just use the program it came with, I don’t use anything else. I know they have a more advanced one that costs money but I’ve never needed anything other than what I already own. Of course I own photoshop so I create the shapes there first then bring them over to get the cutting outline.

  14. mona says

    hi im so happy coz i found ur tutorial on pintrest
    im from egypt by the way and i have silhouette sd
    but im afraid from is it safe enough to use it for something to eat
    and if the cartridge doesnt touch the fondant or gumpaste
    i wait for ur replay thnx anyway

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