A Fun Cake to Help Your Kids Learn Their ABC
This project was created and written by our Cake Ambassador, Cassie Brown.
Let’s get back to school! This alphabet cake is just a bit of fun and so easy to do — my 16-year-old daughter actually helped create it as a bit of down time in between her GCSEs! She chose the colours, letters and numbers. We made the letters together and Charlotte was in charge of artistically glueing them onto the cake. This would be great for preschool or someone working with numbers and letters. You could also colour-code it to suit your theme.
You Will Need:
- Sponge Cake
- Buttercream & Palette Knife
- Wilton Decorator Preferred Fondant – White
- Gum Paste – Dyed Red, Blue, Green, Orange (or other colours of your choice)
- Large Rolling Pin
- Fondant Smoother
- Thin Cake Board – Iced
- Wilton Letters and Numbers Fondant and Gum Paste Silicone Mould
- Wilton Dust-N-Store Dusting Cup filled with Cornflour
- Scalpel/Craft Knife
Icing the Cake:
Spread a thin layer of buttercream all over the cake using a palette knife. Place white fondant onto a work board sprinkled with icing sugar to stop it from sticking, then roll it out to a thickness of about 4mm. Gently roll the fondant onto the rolling pin and then unroll it over the top of the cake. Gently smooth the paste around the edges and using your hand. Then, take the fondant smoother and move it against the cake to get a beautifully smooth finish.
Making the Letters and Numbers:
Firstly, I had a go at making the letters in fondant and sugarpaste, but they kept breaking and didn’t hold their shape very well. Because of this, I moved onto gum paste which I very much preferred. It held a good shape and made very sharp and neat edges. Charlotte chose random letters and numbers for this cake and we got to work. Using the large letter mould, first I dusted some cornflour in the cavities and then I moved a clean brush around it to make sure there was no excess cornflour — this will turn you coloured letters white! Push some gum paste into the Wilton mould. There are two ways to do this. My way was to cut away any excess paste off with a scalpel, but you must be careful not to cut the mould when doing this. Rub your finger around the edge of the paste in the mould to make sure the letter has a smooth finish. Turn the mould upside down and gently press out. Charlotte’s way was to push the paste into the mould and roll a small rolling pin over the top of the mould. Then, using excess paste, she pulled out the letter and carefully cut around it was a scalpel for a neat finish. I would recommend using the way you prefer. We made: Green 4, 5 and P Large green G and Y Large red C, 1, and G Orange E, Y, 5, and ? Blue W, 3, and A Leave the letters and numbers to dry overnight.
Attaching the Letters to the Cake:
To attach the letters to the cake, Charlotte used a small amount of royal icing in a small piping bag. Pipe a small amount onto the back of each letter and place on the cake. You can use water to stick the letters on, but I find it’s not strong on the side, so the letters slide down. What did I say — it’s a quick and easy cake that can be made by anyone! — Cassie x