My writing is terrible. How do I get professional looking writing on my cakes? Anyone have any methods to share?
One method I like to use is Create a document on my computer using whatever font I like.
Then print it out, Flipping the image over (so its backwards)
Then place a peice of parchment over the print out, and using writing gel, I trace the image.
Then I flip the parchment over onto the cake and peel off the parchment,
Then I go over the gel with by buttercream and I have perfect text!
Any body else want to share thier technique?
There is a few things you can do ..
1. Wilton has letters that you press in to your cake and then you trace over them with your frosting...
2. You can take and find a font you like on your computer and write out what you want and then print it place a piece of wax paper over the top of the paper and copy with royal icing and let it harden and then place them on the cake... You would have to do this about 4-7 days ahead of your cake so they dry..
3. You can take and print out the paper from the computer in the font you like place a piece of wax paper on top of the page and then take clear piping gel and trace what you want it to say and then your going to flip the wax paper on to the top of your cake and softly rub your hand on the lettering and pull the wax paper off and then your going to trace over the piping gel with your frosting..
I hope these tips help you ..
Edited By: Victoria Sorry I repeated what Jackie said there was not anything here at the time of me reading this message..
Thanks ladies. I will try the piping gel technique tonight. You all are wonderful.
Here is a tutorial I made on this subject. It is very simliar to what has already been described here, but complete with pictures. The same folder has instructions for filling cupcakes.
http://community.webshots.com/album/105830324epGFhn] Click here for Instructions
I also use a tip 2 or 3 in the same icing I use to cover the cake. After chilling the cake and allowing the icing to firm up a bit, write out what you want to say. You can scrape it off without problems until you get it right.
Those are all great tecniques listed above. Another one that I have started using recently and really like is the "pin prick" technique. All you do is print out the message you want in the font you want from your computer. Then use a corsage pin and prick holes all along the letters of the message. Then place the paper on your iced cake and smooth lightly. Remove the paper and "ta da!" you have a message to trace!
Note: This can only be used with a crusting buttercream.
I'm not good at writing free hand on cakes. I use both letter press sets from Wilton (the single letter ones). I like the pin prick idea for use with different types of fonts
Hi Sina, the two tips I received over the years which helped my freehand piping were:
(a) have your icing wetter than you normally would so that it pipes very freely
(b) use a really small piping/pastry bag with just enough icing, so that you can use the bag almost like a pen!
Then it's a case of practice, practice, practice, but these two tips really helped me because I was hopeless!
Then it's a matter of confidence - the more nervous you are, the worse the writing will be.
After you've done a bit of practicing, when you decide to go live on a freshly iced cake, start with light coloured cakes that require pastel colour messages, maybe baby cakes that will have the writing in pastel pink or blue, because if you do make a mess, it's easier to fix mistakes with these colours.
Best of luck Sina!
Very sweet of you to revive a 9 year old thread with your advice. Perhaps others will benefit from it — looks like the OP hasn't been active for over a year.
AThank u guys, uv helped me too, I'm terrible at writing on cakes, I'm looking forward to Tryin out all these tips Thanks
Oh my gosh! Didn't see the date when I replied....!!! I really am a newbie around here!! Anyway, hope it helps someone out there.