How to Have F-U-N with Royal Icing Letters


Royal icing letters can take your cupcakes, cakes and cookies from Z-Z-Z to O-M-G.

What you need:

  • 15-second-consistency royal icing
  • Small round piping tip (we used a PME Supatube 1.5)
  • Larger round piping tip
  • Piping bags
  • Silicone baking mat (semi-transparent)
  • Baking sheet
  • Paper printout of your message

1. Print your template

Print out your message in your chosen font. Use a thicker, more substantial font — royal-icing letters made with thin fonts tend to break. Lay the printout on top of your baking tray.

Set the silicone baking mat on top of the printout. You should be able to see the letters clearly enough to trace.

2. Get prepped

Make the royal icing using this tutorial. The 15-second consistency is perfect for both piping and filling, so it cuts out a step. Smart.

Fit the piping bag with the piping tip, then fill with royal icing. Fit a second piping bag with a slightly larger tip, then fill with more royal icing.

3. Pipe outlines

Carefully pipe the royal icing onto the mat, tracing the letters underneath.

4. Fill 'em in!

Fill in your letters with more royal icing. Use a cocktail stick to move any icing out to the edges or get rid of any gaps. Swirl the icing in a clockwise circular motion. If you see any air bubbles, pop 'em with the cocktail stick.

5. Dry, and you're all set!

Remove the hardened letters from the mat. Be gentle. A good technique is to slide the baking sheet towards the edge of a flat surface (like the table) and bend the mat or paper downwards. You should be able to slowly peel the letters off.

Use edible glue to attach the letters to any flat surface. Or just stick them right into buttercream. If you're looking to get a little fancier, try a cursive font next time, with each letter attached to the next. Pretty!

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