Anyone else look at the task of cake writing and squirm? Y’all, I don’t know about you, but piping is not my strength. It rarely turns out like I would like, so I try to avoid it. Growing up, my ballet teacher said that there are two types of dancers. Those that are great at leaps and those that are great at turns. Let’s just say that my piping skills are similar to my spinning skills in ballet. Needless to say, when I wanted to make a cake with a lot of text, it was time to hack it. Free handing the lettering was not on my list of things to try. And now I am going to share 3 easy cake writing hacks that anyone can do. If I can do them, you can too!
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In this post, I will share 3 easy cake writing hacks. I will show you how I took my thrifty cakes logo and copied it to a cake without any fancy edible ink printers or icing sheets. And no, I didn’t use a projector either. You will not need any fancy equipment for these hacks!
There are 3 easy cake writing hacks that you can choose from. Which hack you choose to use will depend on what type of font you are trying to copy. You can see that I have 3 fonts in my logo. One is a very thick, block letter font. The other two are very thin fonts. I will need to use different methods for the different types of fonts.
- The first hack that I will share is how to create your own lettering stencil. This is a great method to choose for very thick fonts like the “TC” in my logo.
- The second hack is how to create lettering using a buttercream transfer method. This is a great choice for thin to medium fonts.
- The third hack that I will share is how to create your own lettering template. With this method, you will create your own template and use this template to pipe directly on the cake.
- You will need your basic supplies to stack, fill, and ice a cake. Here, you can find my list of inexpensive cake decorating supplies that I suggest.
- Printed off logo the size that you would like it to be on the cake. I created my logo using the free Canva app.
- Piping bag: I prefer resuable piping bags. However, you can use disposable piping bags as well. (You can even use a ziploc as an alternative!)
- Wax or parchment paper.
Cake Writing Hack 1: Create Your Own Stencil
In order to recreate thick, bold lettering like the TC in my logo, a great and simple option is to create your own stencil. There are a couple of ways that you can do this. I will start by sharing how I did it on my logo cake.
I started by printing out a copy of my logo the size that I wanted. Next, I taped a piece of wax paper over the “TC” portion of the logo. Then, I carefully cut out the letters. After cutting it out, I was left with the Paper TC (which are connected in my logo) and the wax paper version.
After you create your stencil, it is time to apply it to the cake! Start by icing the cake in the color of your font, then placing your cake in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the buttercream to harden. Once you are able to touch the buttercream without it coming off on your finger, you are ready to pull it out and place your stencil where you would like your font to be. Ice your cake over the stencil as you typically would, then use a toothpick to gently find the edge of your stencil and carefully pull it up to reveal your lettering!
Stencil Version 2
You can follow these same directions to create a negative space stencil. Rather than using the font portion of the wax paper, you will use the outside edge portion. Next, rather than icing the cake the color of your font, you will ice it whatever color you would like the background to be. Then, you will place the cake in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the buttercream does not come off on your finger when you touch it. Finally, you will place the negative space template on your cake and ice the font portion the color that you would like your font to be and remove the template.
Cake Writing Hack 2: Buttercream Transfer
One way to recreate thin to medium font is to create a buttercream transfer. For this cake, I took the printed logo and flipped the paper over, then traced the font on the back of the paper. For a buttercream transfer, it is important for the font to be backwards as you pipe so that when the transfer is done, it will be facing the correct way.
After tracing the font on the back of the paper, I covered it with wax paper and taped it in place. Next, I snipped a small opening in the piping bag and piped over the tracing with black buttercream. You will use whatever font color you would like. If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Simply wipe the imperfect portion off of the wax paper and pipe it again! Once you have your lettering piped, you will carefully place the buttercream side against your cake and place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until the wax paper cleanly pulls away from the buttercream leaving you with your writing!
Cake Writing Hack 3: Create Your Own Template
Another hack for writing on a cake, is creating our own template. This method works best for thin to medium fonts. For this method, you will lay wax paper over your printed out logo and trace it onto the wax paper with a pencil or sharpie. You will ice your cake as usual with the color that you would like for your background to be. Then, you will place your cake in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, or until you can touch the buttercream without any coming off on your finger. After your buttercream is firm, place your template on top of your cake and use a toothpick to trace the script, leaving a slight indention in the buttercream. Lift the wax paper off of the cake and trace the indentions with your piping bag in the color that you would like your font to be.
No special tools or talents are needed to do these hacks. If you can ice a cake and hold a piping bag, these tips will allow you to essentially copy a font to your cake! What hack will you use first? I would love to hear from you!