Buttercream Numbers/letters

Decorating By cupcake613 Updated 2 Sep 2014 , 7:21pm by kakeladi

cupcake613 Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 1:07pm
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I was asked to decorate a cake with lots of numbers as decoration on top and sides.  Cake will be iced in buttercream, and I'd prefer  numbers to be done with buttercream as well. I thought about getting letter presses to stamp into side of cake and then go over with buttercream, but this limits my size options.  Can I pipe individual numbers onto a wax paper covered "template", freeze and then transfer?  Or would the numbers be too fragile to stick on top and sides even if frozen?  Other ideas?

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Dayti Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 3:55pm
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I would pipe them straight onto the cake. 

cupcake613 Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 4:59pm
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Thanks.. I am just a little nervous to do free-hand:)

FrostedMoon Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 5:26pm
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You could do a page full of different nines printed out in different sizes and fonts and then use it to pipe and freeze like a buttercream transfer.  I think they would be fragile & I would do a lot to compensate for breakage, but I think it's possible.  It will definitely take longer than piping straight on, but I think it could look very cool!

Pastrybaglady Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 5:38pm
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AIf confidence is the problem you can practice on wax paper over a printed sheet like FrostedMoon said, freeze them and then go at the cake freehand. If the freehanded numbers don't go so well you'll still have the frozen ones.

denetteb Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 6:46pm
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Take one of your cake pans, flip it upside down, put it on some non skid and use the side of the pan to practice your letters and numbers.  Pipe all over, scrape it off, and do it over and over again with the same icing.  If you do it every day for 15 or 20 minutes for a week or so you will be surprised how much better you will be doing.

kakeladi Posted 2 Sep 2014 , 7:19pm
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.............Take one of your cake pans, flip it upside down, put it on some non skid and use the side of the pan to practice your letters and numbers.  Pipe all over, scrape it off, and do it over and over again with the same icing.  If you do it every day for 15 or 20 minutes for a week or so you will be surprised how much better you will be doing..........

 

 

YES!  The is excellent advice for perfecting any piping work.  You can even print out any design, number, or letters you want to learn, tape it to the side of the pan and cover w/plastic wrap and trace away until you start to feel confident before removing the printed design to practice some more so you can do it w/o the printout.

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