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

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 Steps

  1. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a fine tip
    Fit a pastry bag with a fine tip and fill with room-temperature melted chocolate, colored frosting, or piping gel.

    Tip: 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.
  2. Mark each word with a toothpick
    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.
  3. Trace the letters
    Using the same toothpick, trace the letters in the frosting.

    Tip: If you make a mistake, smooth over the letter with fresh frosting and start again.
  4. Practice piping on a plate first
    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.
  5. Pipe over the lines
    Use your non-writing hand to steady the bag as you pipe over the letters you traced.

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