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.
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Things you need
- Flat rolling surface
- Waxed paper
- Egg whites
- Small paintbrush
- Cling film
Draw the shape on a piece of paper. This will be the template as to how long each individual piece should be.
Roll the gumpaste in to a 1/4-inch thick strip, about an inch wide.
Roll the gumpaste into a long log-like snake.
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.
Roll the snakes so they become smooth, the seam disappears, and they all have an even diameter.
Place the piece of waxed paper down on a flat surface.
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.
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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