Attach Fondant Letters To A Vinyl Covered Cake Board?

Decorating By tracey1970 Updated 1 Mar 2009 , 1:56pm by tracey1970

tracey1970 Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 3:31am
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I have a cake due next weekend, and the cake part is fine. However, I have some fondant lettering (done with Tappits) and a couple other small fondant accents that I need to place on a cake board covered in a piece of coloured vinyl (these pieces will not be eaten). They are all cut out of fondant and have essentially dried.

What I am wondering is what is the best way to get these items to stick to the cake board without sliding all over the place? The letters in particular are fairly small, and very thin, so I am worried that using water, vanilla extract, or something similar on the back of them will cause the letters to break down and go all gooey.

Any advice is most welcome! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

12 replies
xstitcher Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 7:15am
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My only thought right know is to maybe try using some icing?

Hopefully someone else will chime in with some other ideas.....

yangers Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 12:21pm
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I was thinking the same thing, using some royal icing to make them stay put. I'd just put a few dots on each letter.

tracey1970 Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 2:17pm
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Thanks - I think the letters are way to small and thin to get icing of any kind on the back. They are the "script" writing letters from Tappits and are very fine/narrow/thin. I thought about using buttercream on the back of them (if I could actually get it on letters that small), but I worried that the buttercream would quickly break down fondant that was so thin and just ruin the letters before I could get the cake where it has to go. Royal icing would work better as far as that goes, but my main issue with icing of any kind is just the VERY small size of the letters.

Thanks to both of you, and I would love to hear what people have tried!

DianeLM Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 2:18pm
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I use just a smear of piping gel to adhere tiny letters to my clear Contact paper covered boards.

grama_j Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 2:36pm
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I've never had any problems just using water...... it makes the back of the letter kind of "sticky", and it just glues it in place.....

tracey1970 Posted 28 Feb 2009 , 5:49pm
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Thanks - I had considered both water and piping gel but was concerned again about whether they would break down the letters and mess them up. However, if you guys have used both with success, I feel much more secure doing it.

I appreciate your help!

hallow3 Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 12:12am
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I just attached letters to ribbon using piping gel and I have also used the gumpaste glue as well, I just used a very fine paint brush to attach and use small amounts of the gel or glue.

tracey1970 Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 12:16am
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hallow3 - thank you. I had also thought of making up some gum glue, but I wondered if it too would make the fondant gooey. Now I know! I have so many more options than I thought!

Thanks again!

xstitcher Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 3:35am
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These all sound like great ideas but I was thinking that if you used RI or BC maybe you could pipe it onto the back of the letters using a tip 1 or 2 before placing on board which should help with the narrow issue I think....

If you decide to go one of the other routes that you mentioned earlier and your still worried about the fondant breaking down then maybe you could put them on right before you need them.

I'm sure it will be fine whatever you decide to do. Keep us posted. icon_smile.gif

Bluehue Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 3:42am
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I would use just a *smear* of sugar glue - on the back of each little letter.
Especially if the letters are thin .
Do you have some clear alcohol?
It dries quicker than water and won't make the little thin letters gooey.
Remembering - you only need the tinest dab.


Teekakes Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 4:02am
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I use the Tappits for letters and numbers frequently too and can tell you from personal experience that you can glue them to your vinyl covered cakeboard safely by using sugar glue made from Tylose powder and water.

tracey1970 Posted 1 Mar 2009 , 1:56pm
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Thanks so much everyone! This is great advice. I was planning on sticking them on right before leaving the house, but it will be an hour drive to where I am going, and maybe another couple hours before the cake will be brought out - so not days or anything, but still, not right away. Sounds like I will have to do some experimenting! I made several extras of each letter to account for breakage, so I have a few to play with and see what works.

Thanks again. I love the help I get here!

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