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."

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 end 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. Want to make a cake that looks as good as it tastes? It's easy with Real Simple's cake decorating techniques.
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