How to Write a Greeting on a Cake

Posted on: 16 December 2015

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When it comes to celebration cakes, personalised decoration makes a lovely finishing touch that will definitely be appreciated by the recipient.  And contrary to what you might think, that impressive, curly script is not difficult to achieve with patience and a little practice.  Read on to find out how to write personal greetings on celebration cakes.

What you'll need

You'll be able to source everything you need for this project from a good cake decorating supply store, but you can also buy these cake decorating supplies online:

  • pastry piping bag
  • piping nozzles of assorted sizes
  • piping gel or chocolate
  • toothpick
  • a cake, already iced

How to do it

  1. First of all, make sure that the icing on your cake is completely dry.  If you try to pipe lettering onto damp icing, the two might just run together and you'll end up with a blurred mess.  It also helps to work in a room that's cool.  This stops the icing on the cake from becoming soft and tacky and allows the piped lettering to set more quickly so there's less chance that it will run.  
  2. Take your pastry bag and fit it with a fine tip.  To do this, cut the tip off the bag and place the coupler part of the nozzle inside it.  Now, screw the desired tip to the coupler and the bag is ready to use.  
  3. Fill the bag with piping gel or melted chocolate.  
  4. Use a toothpick to scratch out the beginning and ending of each word that you want to write in the icing on the cake.  This will help you to be accurate with your lettering when you begin piping.  
  5. Now, use the toothpick to trace the letters in the icing.  If your placement isn't perfect, just smooth over the letter with a warmed knife and start again.  
  6. Before you begin writing on the cake, have a little practice on a clean plate.  This will help you to get used to the piping nozzle and work out how much pressure you'll need to apply when writing.  
  7. Once you're happy with your practice attempts at piping, you can begin to write on the cake itself.  Use your other hand to steady the piping bag and carefully pipe over the letters you've traced in the icing.  Take your time and don't try to force the process.  If it goes wrong, just wait until the letters have dried, then very carefully remove them using a blunt knife and start again.

In conclusion

Writing greetings on an iced cake does take practice, but it's basically a simple process that can give a lovely finishing touch to a celebration cake.