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Letters from Royal Icing breaking!

post #1 of 10
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Hi Everyone I am doing a graduation cake with a cap. They want congratulations on it with the girls name. I have made a template from the computer to trace over but my writing it terrible. I have use tip 2 and 3. After they are dry and I go to place them on the top of the cap they keep breaking!! I have done this 3 times. Is there anything I can use so the royal will not keep breaking? Can I make them from a stiff BC and hope they dry enough to place on top of fondant cap? I need this done by Sunday Any suggestion you have will help me Thanks
post #2 of 10

Get letter cutters and cut them out of fondant or gumpaste.

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post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I do have cutters but she wanted fancy scrolls on the letters.   I will know better next time!

post #4 of 10

its better to pipe royal directly onto the cake. Try to trace the words with a pin onto the cake and then pipe over it.

post #5 of 10

Are you piping on wax or parchment paper?  If so, it should pop off easily when dry.  If they break, you can still place the pieces together as they are a perfect match -- nobody will know.

post #6 of 10

I struggle with royal breaking too. So now I use white coating chocolate instead and find it doesn't break nearly as easily. Just do it the same way you did the royal, stick your pattern underneath wax paper.

post #7 of 10

Do it like with floodwork: put the template under a lightly greased parchment paper and secure to a firm surface. Pipe over the template and let dry completely. The letters should come off easily when you slide a VERY THIN blade under them.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the ideas.    I am going to do them again and try wax paper instead of parchment.  thank you CWR41 for the info that I can piece the letters back together.   I didn't even think about that.

If this doesn't work this time  I am going to use Cakechick123's idea and trace on cap.   Thank you for that idea.

post #9 of 10

Parchment works just as well as waxed paper.  Are you sure you're giving it enough time to dry?  Does it break when trying to remove from paper?  Sounds like it's not sticking to paper but breaking as you handle it.  If so, try placing with tweezers.
 

post #10 of 10
Maybe use a larger tip? Msybe your letters are too thin.
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