Correcting Writing Mistakes On Cake

Decorating By kjskid Updated 17 Mar 2011 , 6:09pm by kjskid

kjskid Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 2:13pm
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I'm making a cake that I need to write 'Happy Birthday' on. After writing Happy, I realized I didn't have enough room for Birthday. So I tried to pull up the Happy (it's a cream-cheese crusting icing) and made a big mess of it. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

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sccandwbfan Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 2:30pm
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I have found that the best way is to let the icing set and then carefully lift it up with a toothpick or something small and easy to control.

More experienced folks may have better ideas.

Christy

Unlimited Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 2:51pm
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If it's beyond repair, maybe you can re-pipe "Happy" back exactly where it was and add "Birthday" on a second line.

In the future, if you chill your cake temporarily, it's easier to remove the writing with a toothpick. This would also help if "Birthday" doesn't fit on a second line and you want to remove more of the smeared "Happy" writing. HTH.

TexasSugar Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 4:29pm
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When writing try not to drag your tip along the icing as you pipe. You actually want to be just right above so that the piped line just lays on the icing. If you mess up you can usually lift it with a tooth pick.

When I do have an issue I'll use a toothpick to clean up as much of the colored icing as possible. Sometime you may have to put a little fresh icing down, it just depends.

DianeLM Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 5:47pm
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If, after taking the advice offered here, you still can't get that area clean, you can try one of these tricks:

With a large round tip (3 or 4), using the cream cheese icing, pipe the message in fat letters over the damaged area. Use your small tip and colored icing to pipe the message on top of the fat letters. It's a really cool effect that gives extra dimension to your message. Practice off the cake first.

Make a chocolate transfer ribbon or plaque by piping chocolate onto a piece of wax paper, chill for 5 minutes, then turn it over so the smooth side is up. You can then pipe your message on the ribbon or plaque and place it on the cake.

Make a ribbon or plaque with a piece of fondant. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or so to firm up. Then, pipe your message and place it on the cake.

divinecc Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 5:50pm
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

If, after taking the advice offered here, you still can't get that area clean, you can try one of these tricks:

With a large round tip (3 or 4), using the cream cheese icing, pipe the message in fat letters over the damaged area. Use your small tip and colored icing to pipe the message on top of the fat letters. It's a really cool effect that gives extra dimension to your message. Practice off the cake first.

Make a chocolate transfer ribbon or plaque by piping chocolate onto a piece of wax paper, chill for 5 minutes, then turn it over so the smooth side is up. You can then pipe your message on the ribbon or plaque and place it on the cake.

Make a ribbon or plaque with a piece of fondant. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or so to firm up. Then, pipe your message and place it on the cake.




Good ideas thumbs_up.gif

kjskid Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 6:09pm
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Thanks for all the advice! I tried to wipe it off before letting it set - now I know to let it wait a bit. I covered it up, and then wrote over it. It's not beautiful, but it's not for sale, so I'm not stressing over it.

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