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How to Make a Monogram Cake Topper

Learn how to make a monogram cake topper out of piped royal icing under the guidance of OSSAS winner Dawn Parrott in this free video tutorial, brought to you by your friends at Howcast. For full online cake decorating courses, check out CakeMade:


Dawn: Hi, I'm Dawn Perrin, a certified pastry chef and master sugar artist. I teach the royal icing piping, stenciling, and filigree course on In this course I teach many of the techniques that I used to own me a first place at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in 2013. Check it out if you want to have an in-depth look on how to make 3D filigree, stenciling a cake, brush embroidery, and much more. In this video I'm going to teach you how to make a royal icing monogram. If you'd like to take this a step further come join me at and I'm going to teach you how to take that monogram, make a topper, and place it on a beautiful royal icing paneled cake.

We're going to go ahead and start the actual letter. I like the script or italic letters. If you're not comfortable hand drawing them you can find stencils like these at your local craft store. I've got an L and the reason I've just done the L is I love the shape of the L. We're doing all our outlines first then we're going to fill it in with just a little bit of filigree in the center to give it a bit of strength. I'm going to use a tip 2 because this is going to be something that again, you're going to handle. It's going to be fairly tall and delicate. So use a slightly heavier tip so you're not panicking when you pick it up.

I'm going to start on the corner. I'm just going to follow the one line. Again if you don't hit exactly the pencil mark don't worry, you're the only person who knows it unless it's really off and it doesn't look like your letter anymore. If it's a little bigger that's fine. It will just show bigger on top. I find when I put my arms on the table I have to pull them off sometimes. It's actually smoother if you don't rest your arms anywhere. Good, so there's the basic form of the L and we're going to add on those little parts now that are going to give us room to put some filigree work.

I'm going to start in this little joint up here on the inside, let it fall, a little wider around the center and get in there over down by the tip. Lowering my pressure so it's nice and neat. Always think about that neatness. The part where I started go through with a brush. Fix it so it's one piece so we don't have an extra line. Okay, I'm going to start on the center here, again. Add some icing, let it rest and stop the pressure just as you're getting out to the first layer of icing. Always make sure those start and stop points are nice and clean. They should like they're almost one seamless piece.

I got two little sections I want to add in last over here on the turn and ending off almost where that last one met up with the original outline and one on the bottom. I'm going to make this bottom part just a little bit wider. Not quite as big as some of the areas but just a little piece. That will give us some added strength when we go to put it on our actual build up piece.

Okay, so let's take this out of your way and you can see we got a basic L. What I want to do now is fill the inside of the L with just a little bit of S's and C's so that the whole piece comes together. So again just some random, do an S, C, there's no right or wrong here you're just trying to fill it in. This is going to give you some of that added strength when you go to pick it up so the more you can fit in there, the stronger that panels going to be. I'm going to go ahead and put some of these in the oven just to get them dry a little bit faster with the light bulb. Don't turn your temperatures on just your light bulb. That's enough heat to help this move on.

Okay, I pretty much filled in all the open areas. Now I'm going to start, you can pick anywhere, I'm going to start up on this edge and I'm going to pipe those little bead borders and do just little bead borders all around. Essentially we're doing it for two reasons, we're going to make it stronger again but we're going to create a little bit of texture on top. These borders we're going to put gold so they're going to have that extra little touch on the top. I'm going to quickly move the stencils out of the way so I have more access to my pattern. If you don't want to put them in the oven you can go ahead and let them sit and dry. And you can start if you want to start on the bottom and come to the top or start in the middle. I generally do almost the whole outside line and fill it in, kind of like I did when I piped that actual outside and just follow the shape of the L. We're at that last little section of the L now. Maybe three more. There we go.

This is your piped filigree L. We're going to let it sit and dry for a little. Now that our L's had time to dry we're going to very carefully pull the plastic back, pick up the L, but this time we need to put our letter back over on it's other side and pipe the border on the opposite side. We're doing it for two reasons. We want to have the front and the back the same but I also want to make it a little bit stronger because this is going to be a difficult item to pick up. Especially first time around. Straight down, hand underneath nice and flat so you can catch that released piece. Really gently you're going to take it, easiest way is to hold it in your two hands and flip it over and we're going to place it down. This little piece came off. We're going to attach that back on. The thin pieces sometimes will move but when we border it that's going to pick it right back up. Just place your little curl where it belongs.

We're going to border that across. Don't panic yet, it's just sugar. The first thing I want to do is I want to put a little icing where that can separate and touch it up. Now that borders going to make it so much stronger again. So don't worry. Okay that's it. We're going to do that same V border following all the way around the L. You'll see this makes it quite a bit thicker, a lot easier for you to handle and pick it up. I'm going to put some little I missed this little point right there. Now we piped all around that. I'm going to let that set and rest for a little bit. Again we want it to set so that we can paint the gold on there and put that accent so the L's going to pop off the topper.

That's how you make a royal icing filigree monogram. For an in-depth instruction on how to take this to into a three dimensional monogram topper and many other royal icing elements, check out my course on piping, stenciling, and filigree at

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