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Calligraphy and Cakes: Write Your Vows

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2007

This suite of sweets by Kromer features a graphic calligraphy-style motif and words from the classic wedding vows. The designs are incorporated into white-chocolate panels using plastic transfer sheets printed with tinted cocoa butter. The panels are then adhered to tiers evenly frosted in buttercream, which is also used to create the string-of-pearls effect on each level. Pools of raspberry sauce adorn two of the cakes. Transfer kit by American Chocolate Designs. Calligraphy by Nancy Howell.

Vows Cake How-To
Plastic transfer sheets, printed in cocoa butter with words or striking designs, make quick work of decorating tiers. Buy them from baking-supply websites.

1. With a ruler and a utility knife, cut a transfer sheet to cover the side of a square tier, or all the way around a circular one, with no overlap. (You may need several sheets.) Lay sheet, printed side up, on a clean work surface. Smooth a thin layer of tempered white chocolate over it with a small offset spatula, covering completely. Let set for several seconds.

2. Carefully lift up sheet by one corner.

3. Holding sheet at both ends, press snugly against a buttercream- or fondant-covered tier. Repeat to decorate all sides. Refrigerate cake for 15 to 30 minutes to let design set.

4. Gently peel away plastic.

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Comments (9)

  • laceyj 19 Jun, 2008

    Has anyone used these transfer sheets yet?
    if so where did you buy them and how did it work?

  • JRM68 31 Mar, 2008

    http://www.americanchocolatedesigns.com/cakes.html
    Look under the CAKES tab to the right, it will have your I DO lettering

  • JustFrosted 6 Feb, 2008

    Where or how do i get transfer sheets with "I Do" ?

  • laceyj 25 Jan, 2008

    Olie56
    I found where you can purchase these transfer sheets as shown above.
    Hope this helps!
    http://www.americanchocolatedesigns.com/cakes.html

  • Olie56 25 Jan, 2008

    I am also very interested in finding some of the brown-swirl transfer sheets . . .Can one let me know where they bought them from or how much $, aprox . .Or even a website that I can go to myself? (or email me olie56@hotmail.com)

    Thanks! Kristen

  • laceyj 25 Jan, 2008

    Where can you purchase these transfer sheets?

  • doughboy 19 Jan, 2008

    Jeni, there are a few places that you can order certain types of "transfer sheets from. When are you needing them and do you want the exact scroll design as shown here? Feel free to contact me and I can guide you in the right direction. I have purchased similar transfers, and they work great. We also used them in school.

  • Jeni714 18 Jan, 2008

    I absolutely need these for my wedding...but I can't find plastic cutouts like these...I want these exact cakes..what do I do?!

  • Jeni714 18 Jan, 2008

    I absolutely need these for my wedding...but I can't find plastic cutouts like these...I want these exact cakes..what do I do?!