Tidy Cake Lettering Toothpick Trick 

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  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Occasions: Birthday, Anniversary, Baby Shower, Graduation, Wedding, Everyday

Whether you’re decorating a cake for a birthday, graduation, or your niece’s weekly tea party that you somehow got roped into catering, a personal message takes even the most basic cake to the next level. But if you’re new to writing with icing it can be a little nerve wracking. Until you learn this foolproof secret weapon trick, that is!

We obviously aren’t all blessed with a steady hand and naturally gorgeous handwriting, but thankfully when it comes to cake lettering all it takes is this simple technique! Follow the steps below with a few simple supplies you probably already have on hand. And don’t stress out- nobody is grading you on your penmanship. And we’re prettttty sure no one will have complaints about the delicious custom cake you’re making.  Except maybe your niece, her standards are ridiculously high.   

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  • Permanent Marker
  • Toothpic
  • Parchment Paper
  • Buttercream in a Piping Bag
  • A Frosted Cake
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  • Write out your words on a plain piece of paper with a sharpie, or you can always print them up in the font and size you want on your cake.

  • Cover your paper with a sheet of parchment paper. Trace the lettering onto the parchment paper with your permanent marker.

  • Using a toothpick, prick an outline of your letters through the parchment and into the frosting beneath. Remove the parchment paper - you should have your letters marked out with the toothpick dots.

  • Prepare your buttercream. You can play around with different colors and piping bag tips or keep it super simple.

  • Pipe your buttercream onto the cake, tracing your toothpick dot outline. Go slow, and if you make any mistakes…we won’t judge if you eat the evidence.

  • That’s it! You can pipe two layers for extra flair and volume, and decorate the rest of the cake with any final touches you want.


  • Let us know what you think of this technique if you try it out! It’s saved many a messy baker from sloppy lettering. Because, not to get too sappy, but when you’re pouring your heart into a bake, it’s nice to finish off strong. Even if you’re a bit of a hot mess, according to your niece. What does she know, she’s like, five! You’ve got this!

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