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Calligraphy and Cakes: With a Flourish

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2007

The intricate scrolls on this cake by contributing editor Wendy Kromer recall those used in calligraphic ornaments. Adapted from clip-art books, they, along with the monograms on the middle tier, were traced in royal icing and attached with more icing. Ribbon-candy favors echo the motifs' loops and curls. At top, a vintage ceramic bride and groom hold a card-stock banner. Banner and monogram calligraphy by Gail Brill.

Icing Appliques How-To
You can use these decorations on any flat-sided cake.

1. Print out our designs or ask your calligrapher to draw some for you.

Bottom Tier Template
Bottom Tier Pieces Template
Fourth Tier Template
Third Tier Template
Second Tier Template
First Tier Template
Riser Template

2. Place templates on a baking sheet; cover with waxed paper, and tape to secure.

3. Fill pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip (such as PME #1.5) with royal icing. Carefully trace designs. Let stand several hours, until hardened.

4. To remove, slide end of waxed paper off edge of work surface, peeling paper away from the bottom and gently guiding decoration into your hand.

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Comments (6)

  • 26 Jan, 2013

    How do I download these templates? It seems the link is no longer available. Is there another way I can get them?? Thank you

  • 3 Aug, 2008

    The design is something I've yet seen on wedding cakes. Completely different. This is def my favorite cake design. I want to give my wedding cake designer a print out of this cake. Love it.

  • 1 Jul, 2008

    I love this cake! I love the color and I love the applique's! I hope someone orders this one day from me just so I can make it!
    Royal Icing applique's are extremely fragile! There are things that can be added to the mix to make them a bit stronger but their still something you need to be careful with.
    They can be made weeks ahead of time and stored in a cool dry place. Rubbermaid tubs work well.

  • 21 Jun, 2008

    How far in advance can the royal icing decorations be made and how should they be stored? Are they extremely fragile?

  • 27 Jan, 2008

    It is definitely an awesome cake and if its in tune with your wedding theme it would be just perfect! I wish you the best luck. If you need any advices let me know I am wedding planner and I love to help couples.

  • 30 Dec, 2007

    This cake is simply Beautiful I (we) are planning on a committment ceremony sometime in 2008 and I have come back to look at this cake several times so I think this may be IT