How to Make Letters for Decorating Cakes

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How to Make Letters for Decorating Cakes
Piped frosting lettering is a standard option, but doesn't add as much visual interest as solid lettering. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When decorating cakes for special occasions, lettering allows you to create a personalised message to the recipients. If you want something with a little more chunk and dimension than the standard cursive frosted lettering, create solid, edible letters. This type of lettering packs a stronger visual punch, whether you lay them flat or stand them up or at an angle. You can also use them to give your cake a little more variety in flavour.

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Things you need

  • 227gr marshmallow fluff
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • Food colouring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Letter cookie cutters or stencils
  • Craft knife
  • Waxed paper
  • Coloured gum paste
  • Clay extruder

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    Mix the marshmallow creme and a drop or 2 of the food colouring until you achieve a consistent colour. Add the icing sugar. Mix first with the spoon, then knead with your hands until the mixture has the consistency of a mouldable dough; this is a simple fondant. Form the mixture into a rough ball.

  2. 2

    Cover your work surface with a light dusting of icing sugar to prevent the fondant sticking while you work with it. If using a wooden rolling pin, dust this with sugar as well.

  3. 3

    Roll out the fondant with a rolling pin into a sheet ¼ inch thick, and cut out the letters with cookie cutters. If you don't have cookie cutters, place a plastic stencil over the fondant, or draft the shapes of the letters by hand using a toothpick, and cut out the letters inside using the tip of a sharp craft knife.

  4. 4

    Peel away the sheet of excess fondant, leaving only the cutout letter shapes. Gently lift up the letters using a metal spatula.

  5. 5

    Place the letters on waxed paper. Let them dry until they're firm enough to pick up without getting floppy, and place them on a frosted cake.

  1. 1

    Fit the clay extruder gun with a round hole attachment; these come in different sizes, so choose one that fits with the size of the lettering you want.

  2. 2

    Remove the plunger from the extruder.

  3. 3

    Form 2 tbsp of gum paste into a thin oval shape in your hands. Place this inside the extruder.

  4. 4

    Push the plunger through the extruder to form a long, thin cord of gum paste.

  5. 5

    Use the gum paste cord to spell out cursive letters on the cake, or cut it into small pieces for print lettering.

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