Decorating Tools Demystified – Cut and Press Sets

July 9th, 2010 by Giulia Taraszkiewicz

I purchased the fondant imprint tools a couple of months ago and have not used them yet. I thought I’d stop by the Decorating Room and ask for a quick demonstration on how to use them. I am super excited to learn this new technique! Mary Gavenda, one of our senior cake decorators, helped out.


Start by rolling your fondant to about 1/8” inch thickness. It’s easier to work with it if you spread a thin film of shortening on the surface where you roll it. It will also make it easier to pull the fondant out of the imprint tool. Once rolled, use the back of the imprint tool to cut out the rectangular shape that you will use to imprint the flowers. Remove any excess fondant around the edges.

Imprint the Fondant


Place the rectangular piece of fondant in the Button Flower Fondant Cut & Press Set and press firmly to shape the flowers. Mary advises that after this step it’s better to remove any excess fondant from around the flowers, but leave the fondant that is inside the flower shapes and press one more time. This will make sure that the imprint will look nice and sharp on the flower surface. Use a pointed fondant modeling tool from the 10 Piece Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set to gently remove the shaped flowers out of the mold. Mary also dusted the inside of the mold with cornstarch, to make it easier to remove the fondant.

Press Fondant in the Mold

Remove Fondant from the Mold


After removing the flower from the mold, place them in flower forming cups and let them dry for a while. They will dry nicely and maintain the gentle curve from the cup, which will give them a more 3-dimensional look. If you are aiming at a 2D design, you can let them dry flat on parchment paper. Create your flowers in the desired colors in advance, as Mary did. Leaves are created the same way by using the Rose Leaf Fondant Cut & Press Set.

Dry in Flower Forming Cups

Mary and Fondant Flowers


When your pretty flowers are dry, you can proceed to assemble them. Attach the small flower on top of the large one with gum glue adhesive or royal icing. Then attach the little button at the center of the small flower. The results are amazing! This flower is simple, yet it has dimension and texture. You can mix and match as many colors as you like to personalize it to your cake.

Assemble Flower Pieces

Completed Flower


When the flowers are ready, it’s really fast to decorate the cake. Play around with the dry flowers and leaves until you have found a placement that you like. The pink flowers that Mary did worked beautifully on this chocolate icing covered cake. Voila’! Thank you Mary for your time. I can’t wait to create my own fondant flowers cake!

Decorate the Cake

Finished Cake

Giulia Taraszkiewicz Giulia is the Associate Product Manager for Gingerbread. Born a crafter, Giulia moved from Italy to the U.S. where she enthusiastically joined Wilton. She LOVES baking, decorating, crafting, cooking, family and friend gatherings, shopping, and pretty things.

14 Replies

  1. Carmelo says:

    Awesome tip on forming the green leaves.

    I almost do the same when I create a fondant gum paste bow. The very top piece I bend using the rolling pin as a guide.

    You can kind of see it here You can see the top piece is flatter on the top.

    I like my flower forming cups. I use them for all sorts of flowers. Like here

  2. Liz says:

    I’m taking the Wilton Flowers & Cake design classes and we just did the class where we make these button flowers. I had trouble removing the flower from the press without tering up the edges with the pointed tool. Do you have any tips to help easily remove the flowers from the press?

  3. Christine says:

    Hi Liz!

    In response to your question about removing the flowers from the press, make sure the press is nice and dry and sprinkle a bit cornstarch on it before you lay the fondant down… Helps a tonne! You can use a pastry brush to get sweep the cornstarch off of the flowers once they’re done.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Wow, those come out beautiful. Definitely something I need to add to my project list in the next few weeks.

  5. SYLVIA KEMKER says:


    • René van der Sluis says:

      Hoi , ben jij de Sivia waar ik vroeger verliefd op was en verkering ??
      Laat het me even weten , rené

  6. alba says:

    me parece muy practico este modeado y cortador a las vez para cubiertas

  7. Jessica says:

    Lovely cake and idea, thanks for sharing! I’ve taken the 3 courses of Wilton cake decorating..I loved it! 🙂

  8. Jo says:

    I am starting the Wilton course Thursday of this week, I have no previous experience of cakes ……………any tips…….:o)

    • Debbie says:

      Just have fun!!! I also just began the Wilton Course and just started course #2, I am not an experienced baker nor did I ever try to decorate a cake and I am amazed at what I have accomplished with the course. It’s fun and easy and you will be so happy with yourself at what you will accomplish. I do have a tip for you before you start your course, buy the large decorating kit and not the individual course boxes if you can afford it, it has just about everything you’ll need but you will still have to buy extra stuff to have on hand, such as a cake lifter, cake leveler, turn table for your cake, etc. It does add up and it is an expensive class but well worth it. If you buy the deluxe kit it’s priced at $199.00 but USE a 40% off coupon and it will be approx. $134.00 with tax ( i live in Ca.). Have a great time and be patient with yourself, practice as much as you can. PS. I also bought a Kitchen Aid Mixer since I burned out my hand mixer while making the Butter Cream frosting that you will have to make several times for your beginning class, I hope you own one!! Have fun and good luck!

  9. aysha says:

    hey, how do you decorate the side of the cake like in the picture above?
    thank you.

  10. moon girl says:

    I bought the Fondant cut and press rose leaf , but do not know how it works. Would appreciate if you can send a link which shows how to use.
    Are there any videos showing how this works. Would appreciate if you can post a video to YouTube.

  11. Ellen says:

    This was pointless to learn in the class.

    First, it’s the first week of course 2, which is otherwise completely about royal icing. It was out of place considering we don’t touch fondant and gum paste again until course 3.

    Second, you only make 2 presses like this, and they’re not very versatile. A flower set and a leaf set. They’re also pretty hard to get out of the mold without hacking up the cutouts, which decreases the likelihood of someone using them. I would have much preferred to learn how to use the fondant and gum paste molds. You sell several different molds in a great variety of themes, increasing your chances of my buying a few of them, vs. being stuck with a rather cartoonish flower mold that I will never use.

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