Personalizing Cakes – As easy as A-B-C

July 7th, 2010 by Fran Tripp

Personalizing cakes can be as easy as A-B-C! If you’re not comfortable free-handing your message, try using one of our alphabet cutter sets. They’re a simple alternative for adding a finishing touch to your cake.

Alphabet & Number Cut-Outs™

Do the Locomotion CakeWhen working with small letters such as Alphabet & Number Cut-Outs™, roll the Ready-to-Use Fondant/Gum Paste less than 1/16 inch on a cornstarch dusted Roll & Cut Mat with the 9 inch Perfect Height™ Rolling Pin.

Allow the fondant/gum paste to slightly dry before cutting. The letters will pop right out when cutters are lightly dusted with cornstarch. If the letters do not come out, simply tap fondant/gum paste letters out of the cutters or push the fondant/gum paste out with the small modeling stick or palette knife from the 10 Piece Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set.

Attach the letters with gum glue to fondant cakes/cookies and buttercream icing to buttercream iced cakes/cookies.

A-B-C and 1-2-3 Cutter Set

The Bear Necessities CakeWhen working with A-B-C & 1-2-3 Cookie Cutter Set, roll the fondant/gum paste 1/16 or 1/8 inch, depending on your desired thickness.

The letters will pop right out when the cutters are lightly dusted with cornstarch. If they do not come out, simply tap fondant/gum paste letters out of the cutters or push the fondant/gum paste out with the ball tool from the Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set.

Attach the letters with gum glue to fondant cakes/cookies and buttercream icing to buttercream iced cakes/cookies.

Letters & Numbers Gum Paste & Fondant Mold Set

Spray plastic molds such as the Letters & Numbers Gum Paste & Fondant Mold Set with pan spray or coat with shortening and wipe out excess (I like to use a cotton swab).

Love's a Bed of Roses Cake Press colored fondant/gum paste, which you have rolled into a snake-shape, into bottom portion of the letter mold. Use the tool included in the set to push any fondant/gum paste which is not in the bottom portion of the cavity to achieve a cleaner look.

Use a different colored fondant/gum paste, which you have rolled into a snake-shape, into bottom portion of the letter mold. Use the tool included in the set to push any fondant/gum paste, which is not in the letter cavity to achieve a clean look. Use the shaping tool to remove excess fondant/gum paste from the letter cavity. Lift out molded letter with the sharp end of the tool by inserting the tool into fondant/gum paste at an angle and gently lifting out.

Letters may be attached with gum glue or buttercream icing while the fondant/gum glue is still soft or you may allow them to dry. The letters and numbers are beautiful on cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies.

Helpful Hints

  • Lay out all of your supplies before you begin and work on a clean surface.
  • Knead fondant and gum paste before using.
  • Use the perfect height rings on the 9-inch rolling pin to achieve letters of the same thickness.
  • When using cutters, rub the newly cut piece on the cutting edge of the cutter while fondant/gum paste is still attached to the cutter. This will give you a cleaner cut.
  • Gently rub frayed edges of fondant/gum paste with a little shortening to achieve a smooth look, immediately after cutting. Or, once the fondant/gum paste is dry the frayed edges pop right off.
  • You may paint with cake colors and dusting powders or just dust the letters using pearl dust.
  • Before storing fondant and gum paste, roll it into a ball or a log, coat it with shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and store in a plastic bag. Both may be stored in refrigerator or freezer, but must be brought back to room temperature before using.
  • For easy clean-up, wipe cutters with a damp cloth before storing.
  • Location and humidity plays a very important roll in how molds and cutters are used. A dusting puff with cornstarch, powdered sugar and cornstarch or shortening/pan spray may work in different areas of the world. If one method doesn’t work, adjust to your area.

Enjoy!

Fran Tripp Fran Tripp has been on the Wilton Training Team over 4 years, a Wilton Instructor over 25 years, a Sugar Artist over 30 years, has been baking since she received her Easy Bake Oven, and kisses the grandchildren daily as she feeds them cakes, candies and cookies….shhh, don’t tell their Moms & Dads. Remember--There is nothing you can’t fix and what you can’t fix, you eat! Enjoy your mistakes!!!!

10 Replies

  1. Carmelo says:

    Awesome post, I’m in the middle of my gum paste and fondant course and your helpful hints definitely help.

    I have some fondant that is just in some cheap, generic tupperware and it seems fine. It’s been sitting for a few months. Is it safe?

    Also, I’ve heard about some sort of food coloring markers. Do you know anything on those?

    Thanks!
    Carmelo

    P.S. I post all my cakes and class experiences on my website!
    http://www.carmeloricarde.com/tag/cake/

    • Jessica says:

      Hello Carmelo..i took a look at your cakes you’ve made on your site..hope that’s ok..but i must say you have done a great job! I have made just a few of my own..but i’m not as brave as you have been making them fancy ones..keep up the good work :)

    • Deon says:

      Geez, that’s unelbiveable. Kudos and such.

    • Gillian says:

      You have inspired me to continue learning about using fondant. I am taking classes and was getting overwhelmed but when I looked at your cakes on your website it spurred me on to keep learning. Your creations are beautiful!

  2. Carmelo says:

    nevermind on the food coloring markers, my fiance bought them for me today!

  3. Heidi Geist says:

    I’d like to make a 2 tier fondant cake with painted martini glasses. I’d like to make the glasses now and then just put them on the cake in August. Will the fondant dry and crak? Shoudl I ust gum paste? Thanks so much.

    • Katie says:

      Hi,

      My experience with make-a-head fondant pieces is that they will begin to fade and dry out if saved for too long. You can slow down the drying process by keeping them in an air-tight container, which will also slow down the fading, but especially strong colors will look faded more quickly than pastels. So, if you need strong black or bright red, you probably only want to make them 2-3 days in advance. Otherwise, 5-7 days in an air-tight container should be fine – you shouldn’t notice the difference.

      I’m not sure about how gum paste fading compares with fondant fading. If the glasses will be glued up to the side of the cake, I’d go with fondant. Gum paste dries so hard it may freak people out! Plus, I’m thinking you don’t really need the glasses super-thin, which is what gum paste is best used for. If they need to be more free-standing, I’d add some gum paste powder to the fondant for stiffener! Have fun!

  4. Katrina says:

    Another good use for the fondant/gum paste letter mold is using the melting candies. I used them this past week on a birthday cake. I used the rainbow white in the front and the baby blue as the base. It turned out wonderful and very yummy.

  5. Annette says:

    I recently saw a wrap that Fran had made, would she be willing to contact me so I can get the measurements/directions from her. Thanks!

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