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« on: February 03, 2013 02:02:37 PM »

I made a batch of cupcakes last night for someone who has just been awarded some certificates, so I decided to try out lettering for the first time ever.  I was recently given some of those little tubes of icing with the tiny nozzles for writing, so I wanted to try them out.  I also wanted to have a go at a method I've seen online where you draw around shapes on paper on top of fondant to sort of emboss the shape onto it.





That part worked out very well.  The little tubes, not so much.  I stood them in hot water and kneaded the tubes as per the instructions on the box but I still found them to be way too thick and hard to control, so i wouldn't bother with them again.  Also the tubes were too small to use both hands, which I prefer.



So, not awful for a first attempt but I'm hoping to get a better result next time by mixing my own icing and using a bag and nozzle.  I wanted to use black royal icing instead of orange but I had to scrap the first batch of icing because no matter how much black food colouring I added, it stayed deep grey - stylish but not very appetising!  The font I used for the lower two layers would have looked much better on black, it's kind of wobbly and scrawley and I thought it had a Tim Burton-ey look about it but anywho...


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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013 11:02:48 PM »

Thank you for sharing your experience. A great mini tutorial and I will bookmark this for reference. I love the lettering. Thanks!!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013 10:11:57 AM »

Thanks, hope it comes in handy for you Smiley I still have some of those little tubes left so I'm going to experiment with them and see if they're good for anything!
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013 12:30:58 PM »

Yes, a great help. I can't write or draw worth hoot and this will be a big help...I think it's called a palm on forehead moment. (or close to it) I've made so many cakes I should have figured out that by myself. I'd seen somewhere on line where someone used a light and magnifying glass thing. Expensive and couldn't figure out how to craft one.
I've recently received a couple of bottles of colored royal icing. Think you've inspired me to experiment some.   
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013 06:01:54 PM »

Its been my experience as well that the pre-made stuff never works as well. But these still look great. I love the pre-embossing technique, definately going to have to remember that one

When you're trying to make black icing, first color the icing a dark purple, then add the black icing to it and it will actually turn black. Also, if possible, it helps to start with chocolate icing since its already darker.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013 05:02:49 PM »

That's a great idea - why didn't I think of that?! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013 01:09:14 AM »

I probably wouldn't have thought of it at first. The teacher for the wilton cake class I took told us about the chocolate thing during her "i hate black icing" speech, and the purple thing i found out on accident when trying to use up the rest of the purple icing i figured it couldn't hurt and it just happened to come out a really nice black
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013 04:31:42 AM »

Great tip!!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013 04:52:38 AM »

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013 04:36:14 PM »

Yes thanks - I'm still pretty new to all this icing business, I love learning all these little tips and tricks Smiley
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