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post #1 of 37
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Hi All,

I have the hardest time writing on cakes. It either ends up crooked, choppy, run-together, etc (I attached a pic). I have the stamp impressions but when someone requests a name I start to panic. Can anyone off a suggestion and/or technique?

Thanks!
Tasha
post #2 of 37
Cut them out of fondant!
post #3 of 37
Believe it or not, writing is hard for EVERYONE. I hate it. But the trick to writing with icing is moving fast and fluid. If you take your time, you'll have scraggly writing. So next time try going really fast and you'll be surprised how much nicer it comes out.
post #4 of 37
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Originally Posted by MrsMcTasha

Can anyone off a suggestion and/or technique?



Perhaps most people have a hard time with writing, but it comes easier for others. It's helpful to watch others write. HTH.
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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post #5 of 37
I was/am the same, I say that because if anyone wanted writing I would use a template and cut it out if fondant but it still didn't look great, so instead of piping I used an intruder to make a long string of fondant and then make the letter shapes out of it, then I bought some clickstix for little letters, but I couldn't stop them.leaving an imprint in the fondant so I shoved them to the back of the cupboard, but now I'm willing to try piping.

Eventually one if my friends ordered a christening cake (i say ordered, I'm not a business just a hobbyist, I only started decorating at the end of march, my first cake incidentally was a full piped design lol) she wanted the little girls full name, abd the date of the christening so I didn't have much choice but to pipe because it was the only way I would have enough room to write it, the letter cutters were too big. I practised what I was going to write a few times in the week coming up to the cake and when I actually did it I think it looked ok. I had to do it slow though to get it neat and straight rather than joined up and have piped on another cake since. It is really really hard, and I don't know how people manage it on the side of a cake but I think like most things it just takes practice! Once you build up your confidence in doing it it will come much easier. I also think you will learn to use royal icing better, I find its either too runny or not runny enough I need to get used to it one way or the other!
post #6 of 37
You can try typing out common cake phrases and printing them, then have them laminated. You can use those as practice boards. The cool thing is that there are so many fonts that the possibilities are endless. Once you get good at it then you can start playing with other decorating tips.

One think I have trouble with is writing on the side of a cake. I have a ghetto Wilton trim and turn from the early 90s that I have been using. One day I will buy a nicer turn table haha.
post #7 of 37
I suck at piping, but my letters have been awesome ever since I changed my method. I print out my phrase, tape parchment paper over it, trace over it with royal icing, let it dry, then bam! Works great for me. Use small dots of ri to attach the letters to fondant, or just press them right on to bc. Hth!
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Prayer + Preparation + Perspiration = Success
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post #8 of 37
I suck at piping, but my letters have been awesome ever since I changed my method. I print out my phrase, tape parchment paper over it, trace over it with royal icing, let it dry, then bam! Works great for me. Use small dots of ri to attach the letters to fondant, or just press them right on to bc. Hth!
Prayer + Preparation + Perspiration = Success
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Prayer + Preparation + Perspiration = Success
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post #9 of 37
Try using a # 3 with softer consistency bc and continued,, even pressure. Make sure to stop at time other than in the middle of a loop. Print out the name the you want to write and slip it in a ziplock bag. tape it to your counter and there is your practice dummy.
post #10 of 37
Practice, practice, practice!!!!!
post #11 of 37
You have to have the right consistency of icing, holding the bag correctly, writing at a swift pace, and plenty of practice. You will only get better if you practice. Spend some time practicing every day...even if your not making a cake. Also, print out fancy writing and tape wax paper over it...making sure you can see it...and have at it! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #12 of 37
I had the same trouble too. I had to practice though. MY HEART WOULD JUST BEAT REEEEAAALLL FAST when i began to start writing and the whole time I was writing on the cake!! i hated writing and still do!

If you ever have icing left over from a cake, keep it, practice on a plate or something you can scoop the icing off of the surface and start over again. Practice basic words like, Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Best Wishes, etc.

Another thing that worked for me is that as I got better , I had to thin my icing out a little more and use a smaller tip. i use to use a 3 , now #2 writes better for me...depending on what kind a contrast I am trying to get on the cake... and yep, write fluently and at a quick but steady pace, watch your icing as you write and the tip, sometimes you can tell when your icing is getting ready to clog up in your tip, almost like i can feel it a bit, squeeze it off in to a bowl, wipe the tip with a papertowel and keep writing...and funny thing, I hold my breath while i write, not intentionally, but it seems like when i do , I write better LOL.

One more thing I had started doing was, if I was trying to center a word, I would count the letters off , it there was a middle letter I would write that letter first in the center and then starting from the middle letter going to the left , i would finish the word backwards-dont know how old you are but kind like using the typewriter before computers and Word came on the scene- the counting off your letters technique.

But dont, worry, YOU WILL GET BETTER
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post #13 of 37
Also, if you ever use fondant, it works really well to just directly PAINT your letters onto it with gel color. I can't pipe to save my life, but I can paint pretty well, it turns out ... cheating the system, hehe icon_smile.gif.
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post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by jennifercullen

I bought some clickstix for little letters, but I couldn't stop them.leaving an imprint in the fondant



You have to roll the fondant or gumpaste PAPER thin to avoid the imprint.
post #15 of 37
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Originally Posted by SRumzis

I suck at piping, but my letters have been awesome ever since I changed my method. I print out my phrase, tape parchment paper over it, trace over it with royal icing, let it dry, then bam! Works great for me. Use small dots of ri to attach the letters to fondant, or just press them right on to bc. Hth!



This is a great idea. I'm going to have to try this!
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