Say It Sweetly: Edible Candy Lettering On Cakes

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Cake Decorating |


The typography trend in cake decorating is traveling fast and bursting with popularity — along with classic script and freehand lettering, there’s a whole new ball game in town, and it’s just your type! I made this fun tutorial for edible lettering on cakes made from candy melts. Making these sweet letters only requires a silicone alphabet mold and your favorite color and flavor of candy melts! You can also use chocolate for this project, which is great for the chocolate lover in your life.

buttercream cake with pink lettering spelling CAKE

Photos via Lyndsay Sung // Coco Cake Land

How to make edible letters for cakes!

You will need:

  • A filled, frosted and finished cake of your choice – I love a beautifully finished and simple buttercream cake for this project!
  • A silicone alphabet mold such as this Sillycone one or this Yolli alphabet letter mold
  • Candy melts
  • A double boiler
  • A large spoon or spatula
  • An offset metal spatula

silicone alphabet letter molds

Step 1:

Melt your candy melts according to package instructions. I used the double boiler method. I added a few tiny drops of vegetable oil to the melts and stirred until smooth.

Cake decorator’s tip: Ensure your silicone molds are completely dry before using — water and candy melts don’t mix!

green alphabet silicone mold and candy melts

green alphabet mold filled with candy melts

Step 2:

Using your large spoon or spatula, transport the still-warm candy melts to the mold and fill in the letter(s) you want to use. Watch for air bubbles. Be sure to use more than you think you need, as you can always spread it away.

creating alphabet lettering for cakes using a mold

Step 3:

Using your offset metal spatula, scrape across the letter to remove excess candy melts. I simply returned the excess back into the pot.

making edible letters with alphabet molds

Step 4:

Continue the process with all the letters you want to create. Once you are finished, carefully lift the molds with your hand on the bottom to avoid spilling or jostling, and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes, or until quite firm and cold.

removing edible letters from the mold

Step 5:

Gently push your letter out of the silicone mold. Silicone is very forgiving, and it will happily bend, making this process quite easy indeed!

Ta-da! Cutest, easiest letters you will ever make! I just love the bold shape of these letters, and they are very durable.

C-A-K-E pink edible letters

White Frosted and Piped Cake Plus Pink Candy Melt Block Letters

Layer cake with pink edible block letters

Step 6:

Gently press the finished letters into the top of your cake, pressing lightly into the buttercream. You can also lay the letters down flat, too, which is another very cute option! Add a dash of sprinkles and your cake is done! Easy as A-B-C… or C-A-K-E!

Can’t get enough of the cake lettering trend? You must check out Nicholas Lodge’s new online Craftsy class Custom Lettering & Monograms to learn all the latest techniques for adding a sweet message to any cake! 

What’s your favorite technique for creating lettering on cakes?