A note from Ashley: this post originally appeared on GHTR as a guest post by me.
A fantastic alternative to hand-piping letters in icing on a cake is to make letters with melted white chocolate. You'll never have another frosting screw-up again with this method, because the letters are made on wax paper, and placed by hand onto the cake.
chocolate morsels (white, milk, or semi-sweet)
a glass container for melting chocolate
a Ziploc bag
optional: a computer, paper and printer
I used white chocolate letters on this pan of chocolate raspberry brownies I made this weekend - the combination was amazing!
This project can be done freehand, but if you're nervous about creating evenly-sized letters, you can create your own stencil.
Making the Stencil
Print your desired text from a word document. Make sure you use a large enough font that is easy to cut and trace, and looks proportional on your dessert. I printed mine in Arial Black, 80 point font.
Next, cut your letters out with a craft knife. Layer your stencil over wax paper on a flat, solid surface. When your stencil is ready to go, you can start melting the chocolate.
I placed about 1/4 cup of white chocolate in a glass measuring cup, and microwaved it on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it was melted smoothly.
Spoon the melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag, and press all of the air out of the bag before zipping it shut. Let cool a couple of minutes, or else the melted chocolate could burn your hands through the bag. When it doesn't burn to touch the bag, snip a small corner off the tip of one side of the bag.
Trace along the sides of the letter stencils with a steady stream of melted chocolate, and gently squeeze more out to fill the letters in. For any mess-ups, a tooth pick can be used to shape the chocolate the way you want it before it hardens.
The stencil is not totally necessary - you can free-hand your text on the wax paper, or even draw shapes with the chocolate.
Your letters should be hardened enough to transfer onto your frosted dessert within 20 minutes. Gently - and I mean very gently - peel the letters off the wax paper. If you used a stencil, the letters should easily pop of the paper if it is touching it along the edges at all. Next, carefully arrange the letters on the frosting.
If you have leftover letters, you can place them in sealed containers, separated with wax paper, in the freezer for a month or more.