Make your own lettering for cakes
Here's how to personalize a cake while avoiding the lopsided letters that separate home-baked cakes from their pastry-case cousins.
- Type your message, using the font of your choice in an appropriate size and inserting an extra space between each letter, then print it.
- Spoon melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag or a disposable pastry bag.
- Place the printout on a baking sheet and cover it with waxed paper. Snip off the corner or tip of bag to create a narrow opening. Squeezing from the bag's wide end, trace the letters in chocolate. (If you mess up, just shift the waxed paper and retrace the letter.) Place the waxed-paper sheet in the freezer until chocolate is firm, about 20 minutes.
- Use a knife or small spatula to remove the chocolate letters from the waxed paper and arrange them on your cake. If you make a mistake, carefully lift and reposition.