Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Tips on better writing?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Tips on better writing?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I need some tips to making my writing better. I've been decorating cakes for a hobby for a year now, and my writing is still not that great. If anyone has any good tips please share.
post #2 of 9
I'm just a hobby baker myself and I also have a little trouble with writing. What I have found is that if I hold the tip closer to the cake the writing is a lot neater. Some people also recommend that you write with a toothpick and then go over it in icing.
post #3 of 9
I think that making a line with a little ruler or making the letters first with a toothpick is a good idea so that the writing isn't crooked. Also, planning where the letters will be so that your words don't go right off the cake. When piping let the icing "fall" onto the cake. Keep in mind... when writing with a pen, your fingers do the work, when writing with icing, your wrist/arm does the work. And practice first on some wax or parchment paper. Hope that helps you out a bit. icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 9
Ditto what the Sugar Fairy said and be sure to add piping gel to your thin consistency icing. Practice, practice, practice.
post #5 of 9
My instructor taught me using the toothpick. I pick the font I want, print what I want to write on the cake out on computer paper, then set it on my cake and trace the letters with a toothpick. Then I go over that with my thinned icing. Works great.
post #6 of 9
Great tips so far from previous posters. I also find if I use a small amount of icing and use the smallest bag I have, allowing my hand to fold in as compact as possible, helps with control. Some people make small parchment bags for piping writing.

There are times when I think I can help. Other times I think, given an already shallow gene pool, I am doing more for humanity by just letting go...

 

www.brendabakes.com

Reply

There are times when I think I can help. Other times I think, given an already shallow gene pool, I am doing more for humanity by just letting go...

 

www.brendabakes.com

Reply
post #7 of 9
I have a lot better luck if I don't try to write in cursive. Also when I pipe out the lettering instead of trying to make it perfectly straight and even I make it uneven or a little off on purpose. I can usually do it pretty easy freestyle that way and it kind of makes it look fun and not so formal. Hard to explain but I have a few cakes in my gallery you can see what I mean. Oh...and practice, practice, practice!
~Lisa~

Check out my blog!!
http://sugarcelebrations.blogspot.com/
or visit me at Sugar Celebrations on facebook!
Reply
~Lisa~

Check out my blog!!
http://sugarcelebrations.blogspot.com/
or visit me at Sugar Celebrations on facebook!
Reply
post #8 of 9
For printing, consistency doesn't much matter.
For cursive handwriting, thin your icing with more liquid or piping gel. You want it soupy enough to flow. Don't "draw" it on, pipe just a little above the cake to let it drop and write fast.

It's helpful to watch others write. Have you seen my video in the link below?
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/
Reply
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/
Reply
post #9 of 9
I use a laser leveler to make straight lines on my cake, for writing.
It shoots a line of light over the cake. When I'm done, there are no lines to see.
We never touch others so lightly, we do not leave a trace.
Reply
We never touch others so lightly, we do not leave a trace.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Tips on better writing?