This is a little trick I use to make words to put on my cakes. It has a much more professional look than my chicken scratch writing.

Royal Icing Letters


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 5 – 7 tablespoons warm water
  • icing color (optional)


    First be sure all bowls and utensils are grease free. Any grease will prevent this icing from drying properly.

  1. Combine ingredients in stand mixer slowly adding the water to get a consistancy good for piping. It should be somewhat thin but not so it’s running out of the bag through the tip.
  2. Using a computer, type the words you want to put on your cake, selecting a font that will complement your project. It is best to use a bold font as thinner letters will break easily. When you have the words as you want them to appear on your cake, print them out. Take the sheet of paper you just printed and tape it to a cake board. Next tape waxed paper over it. Using a tip 2 or 3, pipe the royal icing onto the waxed paper tracing over the shape of the words. Use a damp artist brush to smooth out any points or bumps. For a layered look you can over pipe your letters with a thinner tip of a different color. Allow the letters to dry for about 48 hours then carefully peel the letters off the waxed paper and place them on your cake.
  3. Hint: Before removing dried letters from waxed paper you can paint them with luster dust.
  4. This icing can “crust” quickly, be sure to keep bowl covered.


MissConfection Says... 11 Feb 2010 , 5:59am

Just wondering what method you use to adhere the letters to the cake? Are they sticky enough they just stick themselves? I need to apply raspberry colored lettering to a white fondant cake (eek!). Any advice would be much appreciated!!!

01GAPEACH Says... 18 Feb 2010 , 1:27pm


luv2cook721 Says... 18 Jun 2010 , 1:54pm

What a nice tip! Thanks.

sjlilley Says... 4 Sep 2010 , 11:36pm

great tip! I always have trouble with letters!

jillyb1977 Says... 18 Sep 2010 , 5:39pm

How do the letters adhere to the cake? Do you use the royal icing? thanks!

babsmike88 Says... 15 Jan 2011 , 2:21pm

I would also like to know what method do you use to adhere the letters to the cake. Thanks for the tips.

chefgurl Says... 12 Mar 2011 , 11:27pm

Yes you can use a little royal icing to adhere the letters to the cake. just dont use too much

insertft Says... 29 Mar 2011 , 8:51am

To apply the letters to fondant, piping gel works well also.

TLB102 Says... 9 Jun 2011 , 2:37pm

I need to make the letters silver...can anyone tell me the best way to do that? Also, I need to stand the letters up. Would this recipe work for that? If not, can you tell me one that will? Thanks!!!

acjoseph Says... 7 Jun 2012 , 6:39am

I too have never had good handwriting this will be a life saver!!!

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