Sugary Type: How To Write On A Cake

side view of green cake with pink piped letters

Gah I just love typography. Lettering on cakes is one of my favourite things, so I’m sharing a few mini tips on how to write on a cake! Of course you’ll want to start with a frosted, chilled cake that’s ready for piping. (Why chill the cake? So if you muck up the writing while piping, you can easily lift it away with an offset spatula or butter knife without wrecking the frosting underneath!) You’ll also need a toothpick and a piping bag fitted with a tiny open star or circle tip. I used Wilton #16, which is a teensy open star.

use a toothpick to measure letters for piping

Using your toothpick, spell out what you want to write on your cake by inserting tiny holes in the buttercream. This acts as a guide that you can follow when piping out the letters.

pink buttercream in a piping bag

Fill your piping bag with a contrasting colour – I tinted my buttercream fuchsia pink.

piping the letter Y

Following your toothpick-dotted lines, pipe out the little drop stars.

piping letters onto a cake

Keep on pipin’ til you’re all done!

your ad here letters on a cake

Swap out your drop star tip for a leaf tip and pipe little leaves around your cake’s border!

green cake with pink buttercream lettering

I can’t resist a dusting of sprinkles! Love these pastel cuties from India Tree.

cake slice coming out of cake

A little triangular wedge slice is just the cutest thing.

green cake with pink lettering and slice of cake

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30 Responses to “Sugary Type: How To Write On A Cake”

  1. jan

    Cute Lyndsay! Might have to buy a Poppytalk cake!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      omg jan i would LOVE to make you one!! xo

  2. renee shuman

    such a great tutorial! i just bought a case of different piping tips and have been itching to give em a try. i’ll have to make a cake (or oooo a cookie cake!) and pipe something lovely in honor of this post. thanks for the instruction, i learned a lot!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      aw thanks renee! stoked you enjoyed it!! can’t wait to see what you come up with, with your new piping kit! dang, piping is so FUN! xo

  3. Emily

    I absolutely love how this looks! I’ve tried to write on cakes before with icing and it was pretty much a failure, I can’t wait to try using your tips. thank you!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      oh hooray! glad you like it – would love to see how your cake turns out! send me a pic! ^__^

  4. heidi @ a week from thursday

    Thanks for the tutorial. The sprinkles really make this shot and make the cake look so pretty.

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      aw thanks heidi! i love sprinkles!! they really do finish a party cake perfectly!

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  6. Jennifer McAllister-Nevins

    I’m so excited to try this! We make a lot of cakes, and I’m never very steady with the lettering. Will definitely share this around!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hi jennifer! oh that’s awesome – let me know how it goes!! yes i just adore lettering but getting it on the cake can be a challenge sometimes! ^__^

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  8. Danielle

    This definitely helps with letters! I’ve used cookie cutters for shapes like flowers and such as well! Just lightly press it down, remove and trace over with the frosting.

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      oh thank you danielle! oh that’s a great idea, too – cookie cutters in buttercream! thank you for sharing!

  9. i.s.

    this is so clever! x

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      thank you very much! xo

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  13. Jane

    Just love this cake typography tutorial – I usually just do cursive type writing but I’m definitely going to try this technique!

  14. Michal

    Really nice!

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