How can I practice writing on cakes? It seems like one of the hardest things to do and drives me nuts?
What are some tips for writing neatly on cakes?
I hate, hate, hate writing on cakes - that being said...I practice on my pans and cookie sheets or right on my countertops. Make sure your icing is thin enough and don't over-fill your piping bag
"Make sure your icing is thin enough" -- unless you're writing on the side of a cake, in which case you'd need to use the thickest stuff you can get to pass through the tip.
Other practice surfaces: the heels of a loaf of bread (good for preparing to write on the side of a pound cake), and cakes you're baking for yourself or your family, that aren't for any special occasion.
I hate writing on cakes too. I have started to do more with fondant and gumpaste letters, however, it takes longer
It helps to watch others write. I made a video. To view, click on the link below in my signature line.
Cover a cake board with plastic wrap, fill a piping bag with icing and a writing tip (#2 or 3) and practice, practice, practice!
Keep wiping the board, keep writing on it and practice!
Yes it is important to keep the icing thin enough but not soupy. It is important to use your whole arm - not just your hand to write. Also, keep the tip close to the cake - almost but not quite touching the icing. Make the letters tall but thin/narrow usually. That can change depending on what look you are going for. Can't say it often enough, practice, practice, Practice, *PRACTICE*
There are presses and letter cutters one can purchace to help also.
Another practice thing is to make fondant, colorflow &/or gumpaste plaques in different shapes to practice on. The ones that turn out good can them be used on cakes. It could become you 'signature' style that writting plaques are used
One other thing that can help is to lay a piece of thread or string on the cake to help keep your writing straight.
"One other thing that can help is to lay a piece of thread or string on the cake to help keep your writing straight."
Love that idea!