How Do You Write Happy Birthday?

Decorating By celestecakes78 Updated 18 Aug 2008 , 2:14pm by LoriMc

celestecakes78 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 2:06pm
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After many years of writing on cakes I still cannot stand how I write happy birthday, one would have thought I'd find a way to do it that would be like WOW that looks nice! Do any of you have pictures of your happy birthdays?

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indydebi Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 3:06pm
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Get the letter presses. They come in individual letters where you can create any message, and they come with words already put together "Happy Birthday" .... "Best Wishes".... etc. They come in print letters and cursive letters in various styles and sizes.

It's the only way I can write anything decent on my cakes.

Lady_Phoenix Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 3:55pm
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I use letter presses or cutters most of the time. If the cake has a theme, I try to find a font that goes with it. I print out the message for the cake, then pipe it out in royal icing and let it dry. I always make 2 copies of everything in royal, in case of breakage.

Cakerer Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:14pm
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I don't like the way I write on my cakes either but I have found that when I use the presses, the font is usually too small for the size of the cake. Has anyone seen any 'larger' presses?

valbos22 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:21pm
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Originally Posted by Cakerer

I don't like the way I write on my cakes either but I have found that when I use the presses, the font is usually too small for the size of the cake. Has anyone seen any 'larger' presses?




Awaiting the answer on this one-- I LOVE the presses but they are too small on most of my cakes!

I also like the idea of doing Royal Icing and then transfering.

SMiles,

Val

alanaj Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:35pm
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I 3rd the RI transfer. I pick a pretty font, type the message, print it out, lay wax paper over it, pipe away, and voila! Any size message in any font you desire. icon_smile.gif

kidscakelady Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:38pm
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I just got a set of presses from Country Kitchen Sweet Arts that I LOVE!!! Just did two cakes yesterday- chocholic's dream and the tiara cupcake cake in my gallery and I lOVE THEM!! I love how the happy birthday looks- I also have a large selection of sizes and fonts of stamps that I use only for cakes- found them at Michael's and they are great too.

Jocmom Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:39pm
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Originally Posted by Lady_Phoenix

I use letter presses or cutters most of the time. If the cake has a theme, I try to find a font that goes with it. I print out the message for the cake, then pipe it out in royal icing and let it dry. I always make 2 copies of everything in royal, in case of breakage.




Smart move. I hate my handwriting on cakes. I should try this. I have cake presses but find the font too small also. icon_redface.gif

fiddlesticks Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:45pm
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kidscakelady.. Can you add a link to which set/sets you bought ? They look great on your cakes !
Im real good at ruining a nice cake with my writing ! Thanks !

indydebi Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:51pm
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Here is an example of cursive and print presses on an 18x24 cake.
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1238088

This are the same presses on a 11x15 cake:
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1230866

Just to give you a visual on the size of the presses.

seagoat Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 5:09pm
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I feel the same! I have ruined so many cakes with my writing! I'll have first word tilted one way, the second word straight but the third word tiled the opposite from the first! I have some letter presses and word presses, but the word ones are too small and the letters are all Capital. I think I will also try the royal icing idea.

Indydebi, those look great! Now is that from a letter press or RIT?

fiddlesticks Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 5:18pm
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Indy .. I love the size of the writing with the second size cake .I think it looks to small on the first cake ( at least for the look I would like to have ). Do you have it anywhere on a 12x18 cake or 9x13 ?
And is it done in buttercream ? I dont always have RI around unless I have been doing cookies to .
And hate to mix a batch just for that. Thanks for sharing .

Ruby2uesday Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 6:12pm
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just a thought as i've never tried it. could you use your computer, pick the size and font you want, invert it and print it out. then on parchment or wax paper overtop copy that w/ writing gel and then press that on your cake to leave the writing??? like i've said, i've never tried, just a thought.

jibbies Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 6:43pm
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This might help with your technique. When you write on a cake use your whole arm not just your hand and wrist. Your grip on a pen or pencil is different from your grip on an icing bag so it require two different techniques. Try it on a practice board you will be plesantly surprised.

Jibbies

vickymacd Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 6:45pm
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Just so I can envision this.....

you print out the font/wording backwards? Or just turn it over?
Then cover it with wax paper or parchment so you can see threw it.
then write with RI.
Let dry.
Then press on cake to emboss?

Doesn't the RI fall off the paper?
Or stick to the cake?

fiddlesticks Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 6:47pm
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Dont you just remove the RI letters and add that to the cake ?

tracey1970 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:04pm
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I gather you pipe the RI letters right side up (not backwards) and place them on the cake with the side that was on the waxed paper being the side of the letter that sits on the cake. The side of the letter facing you when you pipe it onto the wax paper would be the side of the letter facing upward when the letter is placed on the cake.

Ruby2uesday Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:08pm
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Originally Posted by vickymacd

Just so I can envision this.....

you print out the font/wording backwards? Or just turn it over?
Then cover it with wax paper or parchment so you can see threw it.
then write with RI.
Let dry.
Then press on cake to emboss?




Well i would think if you have a program in your computer like photo shop or something you could make the writing like a mirror image so that when you "emboss" it to the cake it would look normal. like i said, I've never tried it just imagining it in my head. icon_smile.gif

eta: i just noticed the other posts under the one i quoted. so not sure if she was talking about my suggestion of using piping gel to emboss the writing on the cake, or others suggestion of using RI.

aztomcat Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:11pm
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I recently bought the FMF letter punches that you use with fondant or gumpaste. See below the grad cake with 2008.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1230278

What I usually do to make the writing FIT the cake is take a strip of paper that fits the area on my cake and actually write the word in whatever handwriting I plan to use, script, print etc. Then I place it or hold it over the cake to see how it fits.

This tells me where to start and where the middle letter is and where to finish.
I have not done the RI method yet, but do love the way it looks on others cakes. Here's a simple example of that:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=857903

sweetcakes Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:16pm
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i do all my writing with the help of a projector. i also do alot of drawings on sheet cakes, so it gets used alot and it was worth the investment to me. I print up my message on the computer, slide it into the projector, then pipe over the lines that i see on the cake surface.

fiddlesticks Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:21pm
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sweetcakes.. I have a projector That I hardly use because I always seem to make a shadow with my hand and cant see to follow the picture/word !How do you avoid doing that ?

bambuf Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:24pm
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I often use a piping gel transfer to write on my cakes. I just choose a font that coordinates with my design, print it to the size I want in a mirror image, then lay a piece of waxed paper over the page, outline it with clear piping gel. I then position the waxed paper onto the cake, use a decorator brush to lightly press the design onto the cake, lift the waxed paper and then outline the lettering in buttercream. I think it works quite well. You can see an example of it on the Poodle cake in my gallery. HTH!

lynndy-lou Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:26pm
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I have a book with all styles of the alphabet. I trace what I want to write with tracing paper place it on the cake and lightly go over it with a cocktail stick which scratches the words onto the cake then I pipe over it.

amysue99 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:29pm
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I've found that using only a little icing in the bag produces better results when piping messages.

However, I almost always use the make-a-message press from Wilton. It's nice, but becuase it's all caps it sometimes takes up too much space. I've been wondering about the CK presses - they come in different sizes too. Thanks for sharing ladies! And, for not making me feel like such a boob for being writing impaired icon_smile.gif

amysue99 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:29pm
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I've found that using only a little icing in the bag produces better results when piping messages.

However, I almost always use the make-a-message press from Wilton. It's nice, but becuase it's all caps it sometimes takes up too much space. I've been wondering about the CK presses - they come in different sizes too. Thanks for sharing ladies! And, for not making me feel like such a boob for being writing impaired icon_smile.gif

Ruby2uesday Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:32pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bambuf

I often use a piping gel transfer to write on my cakes. I just choose a font that coordinates with my design, print it to the size I want in a mirror image, then lay a piece of waxed paper over the page, outline it with clear piping gel. I then position the waxed paper onto the cake, use a decorator brush to lightly press the design onto the cake, lift the waxed paper and then outline the lettering in buttercream. I think it works quite well. You can see an example of it on the Poodle cake in my gallery. HTH!




That's exactly what i was thinking!!! icon_smile.gif

bambuf Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:46pm
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Tappits are also wonderful. You are limited to the sizes that they come in, but they are wonderful, and once you learn how to use them (see Aine2's tutorial on You Tube) they are really easy to use! icon_smile.gif

chavezce Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:49pm
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I use my computer for my writing. I print the size/font and want, then prick holes with a large push pin. Then I lay the writing on the cake, gently press down on the crusted bc, then follow the pattern with bc or piping gel (for a shiny look).

kidscakelady Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 7:53pm
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I got them as a gift but I believe that they are item # 35-1520 from countrykitchensa.com (can't make it link- sorry) they are the medium size set- I plan to order more- they have small and then also other fonts available- HTH

kiminycricket Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 8:13pm
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Hi there! I am new to cake decorating as you can see from my pictures. This might not be helpful, but I thought I would share it anyway. For fun cakes like birthday cakes, I like to use things like alphabet pretzels to do the writing. Especially for cakes with an outdoors theme, etc. My new favorite way to do lettering is with alphabet candy molds. I am always searching the candy aisles in the stores looking for fun ways to do lettering. Thanks for your ideas! icon_smile.gif
I don't know how to add the link to my pictures sorry, but there are a few examples there if you want to check them out!

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