How to Pipe a Message on a Cake

Learn how to pipe a message on a cake from pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf in this cake decorating video from Howcast.

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating. So our final step now is to write the message on the cake and this is the Baby Shower cake so we’re going to write, "Welcome Baby" right here on the front. So it’s a good idea to practice with your message on a piece of piping paper before you go ahead on the cake ‚Äì make sure it comes out of your piping tip pretty smooth. I’m using a #2 piping tip which is pretty small but I don’t want to have to big of words. I want it to be able to fit in this space right here in front. So I’m going to go ahead and practice on the page and it’s the same thing as piping the trim around the edges of the cake, you want to find the balance between how much pressure you squeeze the bag with and how fast you move across the paper or across the cake. If you move to fast the frosting will break up, and if you move to slow you’ll get bunches and squiggles. So you want to find the nice in-between. You know, with practice you’ll be able to figure that out. So I want to kind of measure how much space I have. You know, know I have to get the words to fit between that amount of space and then just as you would write with a pen. You can figure out your own style and where to put the loop-de-loops and the curls, and you know practice whatever you want. You could print, do cursive, I kind of do a mixture of both. So when you’re piping on the message you want to make sure not to drag your tip on the parchment paper, it’s not like a pen. You want to keep it slightly elevated and then allow the string of frosting just to flow out. So, "Welcome" is a bigger word then "Baby" so I’m going to I’m going to off-center that a little bit over here and then "Baby" will be right next to it.