Cake decorating: How to make fondant letters 4 ways tutorial – Ann Reardon – How To Cook That Ep009

Cake decorating: How to make fondant letters 4 ways tutorial  – Ann Reardon – How To Cook That Ep009

Welcome to For a printable
copy of the recipes simply go to Today we are going to look at four different
ways of doing lettering on a cake using fondant. The first one we are going to roll our fondant
out. We’ve already colored our fondant to the color we want. If you are not sure how
to color fondant, see the video on fondant basics on
Once you’ve rolled it out to about that thickness, get one of the letters you’ve printed out
of the computer. This method is ideal if you have a particular logo that you’re doing,
like the Ninjago logo on the Lego cake. It needed to match the exact font, so this is
the easiest way to do that. Print it out, pop it on top your fondant,
and simply cut. Again, using the pizza cutter means that it doesn’t drag the fondant out
of shape. And then for the smaller areas you are going to need to use a knife. We go up
and down rather than straight across; it will help it not to drag. It’s not as good as a
pizza cutter, but we can’t get a pizza cutter in that smaller spot. Then we’ll get that
bit out. If you have any little rough edges don’t worry about them, because once the sugar
paste is dry, it’s easy to rub those off. Okay? If it’s not quite smooth here, see I
bumped it there with a knife, just get your finger give it a little rub over the top,
and it will help smooth it out nicely. Put it to one side, leave it on the baking paper
exactly as it is; put it to one side on a tray on top of the fridge, or somewhere where
it’s not going to get damaged, and leave it to dry until it’s hard. Then you can easily
pick up the hard letter, and place it where you want on the cake. Say you want a finer font like this one. You
can get some of your fondant, and roll it until it’s nice and thin and smooth. Then
what you do is simply put that over your lettering, and trim it to size. We’ll just squash the
end and put that underneath this one. You can add a little bit of water on there to
make it stick together better if you like. Then in line with how it goes on the page,
just bend it around and cut it off. Okay? So if you had your whole word printed out,
you’d just continue doing that, and then just put it to one side, and leave it to dry. Okay, the next method we are going to use
is cutting it out. You can get all sorts of stencils for cutting out letters from sugar
paste; some of them are very expensive; so unless you’re going to be doing a lot of the
same font, then that’s not very economical. These little cutters, though, you can get
kids’ cookie cutters and play-dough cutters very cheaply. So you can always get that sort
of a thing if it’s going to suit your needs. Just simply push down, make sure you pushed
it all the way through, pull the excess away, and then take it off. The other option, to roll out a fondant square
the size of what you’re going to be doing it on, say that big. You will want to cut
out a square nice and neatly with our pizza cutter, and simply get a sharp pencil. And
trace over the writing, pressing reasonably hard or it won’t come through; we are trying
to imprint onto the fondant. Now of course if you have beautiful scripture handwriting,
and you can space exactly with that you know exactly how long the word is going to go,
and then there’d be no need to do this, you can just pipe straight onto the sugar paste.
But if you’re like me and you need a little bit help with the writing, making sure it’s
all going to be spaced perfectly, and it’s going to fit, then this is the cheapest way
of doing it. Right now we’ll take that off, okay? Now you
can see there, we’ve got a slight indentation. It’s not very deep, but it’s just enough to
see what we’re going to be doing. Using your royal icing — the recipe for the royal icing
is on the gingerbread house page of, if you need the recipe for that — just trace
around where you have the indent. And there you have four different ways of
doing lettering with fondant.

62 thoughts on “Cake decorating: How to make fondant letters 4 ways tutorial – Ann Reardon – How To Cook That Ep009

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  2. Yes, just make the letters thick enough to be able to push the sticks in. If you want them standing up but the base resting on the cake use spaghetti instead of sticks – that way it is edible and no one will hurt their mouth. If it is above the cake and clearly visible then you could use skewers or covered wire available from cake stores.

  3. Fantastic!! Please could you tell me where to get hold of the "Pixie Cutter" you used. Thanks so much.

  4. Hi ElleG, The ones pictured are play doh cutters that I picked up at our local store if you search on ebay or amazon for alphabet cutters there are lots to choose from.

  5. Great, glad it helped – if you take a photo you can upload it onto the blog in the comments section

  6. I would like to make the letters perfect for a cupcake topper. If i was to print the letter from my computer what size should the font be? Please answer thanks

  7. Hi b0dianab3auty, If you are just doing one letter I would guess 25 but it depends on the font that you use and the length of the word that you want to write. I suggest that you copy and a paste the word or letter on your page about 10 times and have each line in a different size, print it out and use the one that fits best.

  8. hi just a suggestion, can you make your workplace have better lighting ,i can hardly see it thanks

  9. Hi jennifer I store on a flat baking tray on top of the fridge, once they are dry I transfer them to a plastic container with baking paper between the layers.

  10. thanks jacquelineooooo all suggestions welcome, I think the lighting is better now in the newer vids but if not let me know.

  11. thanks for the ideas!!! i took the first method and switched it a lil i took my fave font and cut it out of heavy paper and then put it on my fondant and rolled over it and it made an impression and then cut it with an x-cato knife worked perfectly thanks again!!!

  12. Hi Ann 🙂 I was just wondering if the larger front letters like the "A" would be strong enough to stand on top of a cake once it's dry.

  13. hi Bubziiiees, yes they are but you may want to extend them down a bit so that you have something to poke into the cake, or just poke a piece of spaghetti in to them while they are still soft so you can use that.

  14. 1:08- It's not as good as a Pizza cutter,but we can't get a pizza cutter in that smaller spot.
    Am I the only one who burst out laughing at her seriousness(not a word is it?)?

  15. Great tutorial, it is very helpful as I do not want to go out and buy the expensive alphabet sets. May I ask where we can find the children's ABC cookie cutters in that small size? Thank you!!

  16. Best tutorial IN THE WORLD for fondant!! I am a fondant beginner and have so much as nothing to tool with. THIS really helped!! Thank you so much!

  17. Can you use the big shot/big kick machine to cut fondant if we sandwich it on either side with parchment paper?

  18. Oh my gosh thank u so much! I just wanted to say u are such an inspiration to me. I know what ur going to say.. Ur only 13? Yes i am 13 but these videos r really helping my baking! I want to bake just like u when I'm older! Thanks so much for these great tutorials!

  19. thank u Ann…! I've got 3 sets of stencil cutters, and for the life of me, I cant get the sugar paste out. ive used corn starch, ive used veg fat, and ive let the paste dry. Your methods are so much easier 🙂

  20. Just what I needed! Ann, do you always use sugar paste or do you use fondant? And why or when one or the other? Thanks! ~Jules in RI, USA

  21. These molds are really good also:

  22. Hi Ann – very helpful. But the royal icing – having worked with it before many times, it dries and can become quite brittle thus break apart easily. This method seems wonderful for on top of the cake where its flat or on the spot piping like grass, leaves on the side of a round cake. But what if you want lettering on the side of a round cake. Wouldn't these break off as you bend the fondant plaque? Or would you maybe recommend placing it close to immediately after piping?

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