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How do you make letters/numbers on a cake?

post #1 of 14
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How do people make their perfect letters on cakes? Are there stencils or "fondant cutters" for letters/numbers? If so, I haven't found them anywhere around here (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart). I can't order any online since I'm making the cake tomorrow. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 14
I have some presses that I got at Michaels. There are other ways to do it though. I'd read something on another thread but I can't find it. It was basically like doing a transfer with piping gel then going over it with your BC. Those ppl said they printed out the font they wanted then transferred it to the cake.
post #3 of 14
Depending on what I need the letters for I print up the words I need in a font I like on card stock, cut it out and use it as a stencil to cut my letters out of the fondant/gumpaste.
Or I roll the fondant/gumpaste out and make letters out of the ropes.
post #4 of 14
For BC, I bought the letter presses. (2 styles available at Michael's) It's takes too much time to measure everything out perfectly so these are great!
post #5 of 14
If your in a hurry, one cheat is to mark the BC with a letter cookie cutter and fill in with frosting.
post #6 of 14
http://www.globalsugarart.com/cat.php?cid=758

these are awesome. alittle fragile, but they look so nice.
deanna

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deanna

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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by aswartzw

For BC, I bought the letter presses. (2 styles available at Michael's) It's takes too much time to measure everything out perfectly so these are great!



Me too, my writing sucks. BUT as I learned yesterday. Anniversary will not fit on a 9" round. GRRRRRRRR icon_mad.gif

Mike
post #8 of 14
I use stencils and/or cookie cutters.
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Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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post #9 of 14
A very simple way is to get the font you want, print out what you want to say in the exact size type.

Then... take some waxed paper or parchment paper and place on top of your type... make sure you tape it so a sudden breeze will not mess you up by moving the waxed paper.

Now, all you have to do is go over your saying with butter cream, royal icing, white or darker chocolate and/or icing of your choice. Place in the freezer when you are done for a few minutes to harden and you now have perfect letters.

Still another way is to make a mirror image of the saying and follow the same procedure as stated, but you can then take the waxed paper and apply it directly to the cake without touching it (you know... the old backwards written "ambulance" on the vehicle you see in your rear-view mirror written correctly.

Either way, you will have better looking writing instead of the shaky, messy-looking lettering you are used to seeing.

Hope that helps!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by lutie

Either way, you will have better looking writing instead of the shaky, messy-looking lettering you are used to seeing.

Hope that helps!



Hey quit talking about my writing LOLOLOL icon_biggrin.gif

Mike
post #11 of 14
On my computer I print out the letters or numbers in whatever font and size I need them. Then I tape the paper to a flat piece of cardboard and tape wax paper over the paper. I trace the letters and numbers with melted almond bark, chocolate, or chocolate melt pieces. If you need it quick - place the cardboard with traced writing in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes. After you place the writing on your cake you can then pipe over the chocolate with any color buttercream icing or royal icing. (You could also trace the letters onto the wax paper with royal icing.)

I make all of my monogram lettering this way. I've put a monogram on a grooms cake and piped it with a rope design for a western themed wedding. You can pipe dots/pearls, flowers, leaves, stars, zig-zags....The ideas are endless.
post #12 of 14
I print mine out on paper then poke it with a pin/needle then lay it on my buttercream and the pin pricks leave an impression.... trace over the impression.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

Quote:
Originally Posted by aswartzw

For BC, I bought the letter presses. (2 styles available at Michael's) It's takes too much time to measure everything out perfectly so these are great!



Me too, my writing sucks. BUT as I learned yesterday. Anniversary will not fit on a 9" round. GRRRRRRRR icon_mad.gif

Mike



icon_cry.gif

OK, Mike, come up with a flexible alternative and sell it to us!
post #14 of 14
oh, oh, oh, maybe....

take a string and lay it in a semicircle or whatever and then lay the letters down and press.... hmmmm, just maybe. icon_wink.gif
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