Say It Sweetly: Edible Candy Lettering On Cakes

There are all kinds of ways to add typography to cakes, from hand-painted calligraphy to chocolate letters. For letters that really stand out, go the 3-D route! 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 of 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, but you could also do them in the microwave. I added a few tiny drops of vegetable oil to the candy 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, filling the letters you want to use. Watch for air bubbles. Use more candy 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. Place them 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 place the finished letters into the top of your cake, pressing lightly into the buttercream. You can also lay the letters down flat, 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!

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