How to Make a Monogram Topper With Gumpaste

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How to Make a Monogram Topper With Gumpaste
Cakes can have a monogram topper to celebrate a particular person. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When a cake is dedicated to a person, a couple, or group, a monogram affixed to the top of a cake in honour of them can add an extra element of personalisation to the dessert. Letters placed together to create a monogram have been used for hundreds of years to create a symbol representing a person or company. Kings often created monograms with their queens to show their ruling powers were intertwined. For a monogram cake topper, any colour can be used, and the size of the monogram can vary.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Gumpaste
  • Flat rolling surface
  • Waxed paper
  • Egg whites
  • Small paintbrush
  • Cling film

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw the shape on a piece of paper. This will be the template as to how long each individual piece should be.

  2. 2

    Roll the gumpaste in to a 1/4-inch thick strip, about an inch wide.

  3. 3

    Roll the gumpaste into a long log-like snake.

  4. 4

    Cut the snake to the size you need for each part of the letter, using the template as a guide for how long the strips should be. Lay out the rolled gumpaste on the template and cut it accordingly.

  5. 5

    Roll the snakes so they become smooth, the seam disappears, and they all have an even diameter.

  6. 6

    Place the piece of waxed paper down on a flat surface.

  7. 7

    Shape the gumpaste into the letter, or letters, you desire. To attach different pieces, paint a bit of egg whites where they will join and gently press one piece on top of the other.

  8. 8

    Allow the topper to dry for about four hours. Then cover it with cling film and store it in a moisture-free area until ready to place on the cake.

Tips and warnings

  • Monogram toppers can also be made by embossing the letters into a strip of gumpaste.
  • Use toothpicks to attach it to the cake.
  • If you want to consume the monogram topper, purchase dried, safe egg whites from a baking store and reconstitute them with a little bit of water.

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