How to Center Lettering on Fondant Cakes

In this tutorial on how to center lettering on fondant cakes, I am going to share with you, my tips on how I ensure my lettering are all well centered on my cakes, particularly the fondant covered ones.

Fondant letter cutters one of the best inventions out there for people like me, who are really terrible at piping letters on cakes with pipe-able frosting. I can never get my piped lettering pretty on cakes and that is why you will never see any piped lettering on my cakes. And I must admit, I so envy all those who can create beautiful lettering on cakes by just piping them out. 

So for people like me, all the cutters out there that can help in cutting out uniform lettering for cakes are real life savers.

How to Center Lettering on Fondant Cakes - A Step by Step TutorialHow to Center Lettering on Fondant Cakes

Having said that, while these cutters help in making all the letters and numbers on the cake in almost perfect font sizes and shapes, there is still one problem I used to encounter with these letters - getting them all straight, level and centered on cakes. 

It takes quite a bit of good estimation to ensure the letters are arranged in such a manner that they are perfectly centered (where they are meant to be perfectly centered, off course).

I have had experience in having to redo and redo my lettering on cakes just so that they are perfectly positioned on my cakes, and over time, I figured out, the best way to get these lettering work done quickly on cakes is to use a certain measuring technique.

So here I am today, sharing with you, my easy technique in ensuring quick and perfect lettering on fondant cakes, every single time.

Quick and Perfect Lettering on Fondant Cakes - Tutorial

The example I am using here is my Hello Kitty birthday cake on which I placed the birthday girl's name on a pink fondant plaque on the side of the cake. I have a full tutorial on how to decorate the cake on a separate page here, so this tutorial will only be focusing on how I got the birthday girl's name perfectly centered on the pink fondant plaque.

You may be thinking that since the name 'LISA' consists of 4 letters, all I had to do was find the mid point on the plaque and then attached the letters L & I on the left of the mid point and the letters S & A on the right. 

The problem with that is that the letter 'I' is so much more narrower compared to the rest of the letters and so dividing the letters by mere count is not going to give a centered positioning for the name. 

So here is how I did it for my Hello Kitty cake and also use for all my other cakes:

The good thing about Clikstix cutters is that they come with a plunger bar on the cutter. So, getting the cut fondant or gum paste letters out of the cutter is a mere push of the plunger bar on top, unlike Tappit letter cutters which require a certain technique to get the letters out of the cutters (I have a full tutorial on how to use the Tappit letter cutters correctly and you can read all about it here).

Cut out all the letters in the nameCut out all the letters in the name

  • Once I had all the letters cut out in fondant, I let them rest for a while so that the fondant firms up a little. It is so much easier to handle the letters that way and they don't loose their shape as you move them around.
  • And then I arranged them in the order I intended to place them on the cake and measured the total length with a ruler. In doing that, I also determined the mid point of the name. 
  • In this example, the name measured 6 cm in total and so the mid point was 3 cm. And that 3 cm, if you notice falls on the 3rd letter of the name and not in between the  2nd and 3rd letter as we may have assumed since this is a 4-letter name.

Determine the midpoint of the nameMeasure the length of the name and determine the midpoint.
  • And then I measured the length of the plaque exactly where I wanted to position the name on. In this example, the length of the plaque was 9 cm and so, the mid point was at 4.5cm point. 
Measure the midpoint of the fondant plaqueMeasure the length of the fondant plaque to determine its mid point.

  • Next step is the most crucial one. It involves making sure the mid point of the name (which is the on the right side of the letter 'S') and the mid point on the plaque is matched. 
  • With the ruler still on the plaque, I applied some shortening onto the plaque and then placed the letter S onto the plaque such that the mid point on the letter S noted earlier was at the 4.5cm point on the plaque.

Apply shortening and attach the midpoint letterApply shortening and attach the midpoint letter S

  • Once that was done, the rest was just a matter of arranging all the letters to complete the name. 
Attach the next letter onto the fondant plaqueAttach the next letter onto the fondant plaque
Complete the letters on the fondant plaqueComplete the letters on the fondant plaque

And that should give you perfectly centered lettering on your fondant covered cakes. Keeping the ruler in place while attaching the letters will ensure the letters are all level and do not go slanting upwards or downwards. 

In case you are wondering how to use this lettering technique directly on a fondant covered cake, here is what you need to do:

  • Determine the mid point of the lettering you intend to place on your cake. And then, determine the mid point on your cake. 
  • Next, cut a long strip of paper and stick it onto your cake at a level where you want the letters to be on your cake. You can use shortening to stick your paper strip. The paper strip is to function as a ruler (since you cannot literally make a ruler stay in place on the side of a cake, use a paper strip to do the work).  Make sure the paper strip is placed level on your cake. 
  • Apply shortening to the back of your letters and attach them onto your cake, starting from the mid point until all the letters have been attached. Remove the paper strip once the lettering is all done.

And that is how I ensure my lettering on fondant cakes are always centered and level.  

Hope this was useful.

Happy Decorating :)

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