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.
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.
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).
And that should give you perfectly centered lettering on your fondant covered cake. 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:
And that is how I ensure my lettering on fondant covered cakes are always centered and level.
Hope this was useful.
Happy Decorating :)
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