Getting to bake your very own cake sounds fun. That is, until you need to add decorations. Writing on a cake can be frustrating to some especially when they want their first try to be perfect. It seems to be so easy when you watch those video compilations of people writing on the cake. But when you’re put to the test, you just cannot get it to be neat even if you have wonderful penmanship.

Writing on paper is far more different than writing on a cake. If you’re wondering how to write on a cake gracefully without any mistakes, here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Prepare

Before you get started, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a Piping Bag and Tip 

For beginners, it’s recommended that you use a piping bag and tip to write on a cake. Write with a round tip and avoid using a decorating tip as it might be harder for you to control.  

When choosing a tip, explore which works best for you. A smaller tip can pose difficulties when squeezing out the icing, while a large tip might lead to messier writing. You need to find your rhythm and see which size works suits you.   

If you can’t find or purchase a piping bag, get a zip-lock bag as an alternative. Cut a tiny hole at the corner of the bag and fill it in with your icing. Just make sure to cut it extra-small so you can adjust to a bigger release. You can’t make a hole smaller, only bigger, so it’s better to start that way.  

  • Pick Your Icing 

There are a ton of icing types that you can use for writing on your cake. It can range from gels, buttercream, and melted chocolate. Each type of icing would feel different so work on the ones that could help you write more comfortably and challenge yourself to a different icing once you’ve mastered the easiest one for you.  

If your cake is covered with buttercream frosting, it’s best to start on a cold canvas. Refrigerate your cake for a few minutes until it’s firm. This will allow you to write better on the cake and easily scrape off any mistake. Make sure that you’re doing this in a cold room so the frosting won’t melt immediately.  

2. Practice 

Practice writing on parchment paper so you can control the flow of your icing. This will also allow you to remove any mistakes without harming the cake itself. If you don’t want to waste icing, you can practice by filling in your piping bag with mayonnaise or mustard. Cut the parchment paper to the size of the cake and practice writing cleanly there.  

For beginners, it’s highly recommended that you start cursive so you don’t have to worry too much about how to cut the line of every letter. When you come to the end of the word, you can just lightly press the tip at the end of the letter and gently lift it for a clean cut.  

3. Write 

After practicing and you’re confident to start writing on a cake, here are the things that you should do:  

  • Prepare the Piping Bag 

Prepare your piping bag with the tip attached to the end. Fill it with icing only halfway since you’ll be needing to twist the end of it to add more pressure when releasing icing.  

  • Bring Out Your Parchment Paper 

Cut out your parchment paper to the same shape as the cake. With a marker, write your message. Next, test if it fits perfectly on the cake and if it’s well-centered. For better font options, you could print on paper and place it underneath the parchment paper for you to trace.

  • Transfer your Message 

Gently lay down the parchment paper on your cake and using a toothpick, mark your message to the cake. After you’re done, gently lift the parchment paper and connect the dots with your toothpick so you could trace better with icing.

  • Write on Cake  

Once you get the hang of writing on parchment paper, follow the dots, and write your message on the cake. This will allow you to have the perfect placement of the message, plus you can trace where to write exactly. After writing, you can add decorations and celebrate a job well done.

Conclusion 

Writing on a cake isn’t a piece of cake. Give yourself some slack and practice as much as you can so that you could do a beautiful job. Explore different writing methods and different pipping bags until you’re more comfortable with writing on an actual cake.  

If you’re not too confident, you can opt to create a beautiful cake design and do minimal writing. If the holiday season’s coming up, you should check out some Christmas cake ideas and try to incorporate a little writing to it.  And lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the process!  

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