Help. I currently do all my writing in royal icing from traced templates made from baking parchment. Does anyone know how to apply really accurate writing so it looks like it has been printed either onto top of side of cake. I know I can print onto icing sheets, but I don't have that facility. I have also seen on Ace of Cakes that he uses screen printing! any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Print the lettering in the font and size you want, cut it out to make a template, lay it over fondant/modeling chocolate/gumpaste (any will do) and use an exacto knife to cut it out.
Do you mean like with a stencil?
Well, it is sort of like a stencil, but kind of backwards lol - I lay the actual letters/shapes on the fondant and cut around them instead of the letters being the "open" part in a stencil - much easier for me.
If you want it to look like it was screen printed on the cake, you could use a stencil to spread it on thin rather than having another thick layer of something on top that would appear more 3-D like fondant cutouts or piping would.
Like Unlimited said -You can get a cricut (regular one) and cut your own lettering stencils and do RI or BC stenciling.
Check out the forum I started called "How to Pipe Font Perfectly". Gives you some different techniques. http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-666968-pipe.html+font+perfectly
I'd use an X-acto knife to cut a stencil. It's cheaper than a cricut, easier to drag out than a cricut, and quicker to cut the font you want without downloading stuff or purchasing more cartridges. (Can you tell I don't like my cricut?)
hahaha - I don't have a regular cricut but I have a friend who does and loves it - I keep thinking I will have her make me stuff!