How to Write on a Cake

Writing on a cake isn’t as hard as it looks. Follow these tips and tricks for piping “happy birthday.”

What You Need

  • pastry bag with tip, melted chocolate or icing, frosted cake, toothpick
Follow These Five Easy Steps
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    Fill a pastry bag fitted with a fine tip

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    Fit a pastry bag with a fine tip and fill with room-temperature melted chocolate, colored frosting, or piping gel.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> If you don’t have a pastry bag, use a resealable plastic bag instead. Fill the bag, then snip the tip with scissors to create a tiny opening.

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    How To: Write on a Cake Step 1
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    Mark each word with a toothpick

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    Using a toothpick, mark the beginning and ending of each word in a straight line. This will help keep you centered when you start to pipe.

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    How To: Write on a Cake Step 2
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    Trace the letters

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    Using the same toothpick, trace the letters in the frosting.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> If you make a mistake, smooth over the letter with fresh frosting and start again.

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    How To: Write on a Cake Step 3
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    Practice piping on a plate first

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    Before you pipe directly on the cake, practice a few letters on a plate or other clean surface. This way, you’ll get comfortable with the piping bag and can also gauge how much pressure to use when writing.

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    How To: Write on a Cake Step 4
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    Pipe over the lines

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    Use your non-writing hand to steady the bag as you pipe over the letters you traced.<br/><br/>Want to make a cake that looks as good as it tastes? It’s easy with <i>Real Simple</i>’s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/baking/ca... decorating</a> techniques.

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    How To: Write on a Cake Step 5