An easy way to put a great looking logo on your cake.
My daughter, age 9, wanted a team cake for the Super Bowl - So here's how to make a cool looking one!
She baked the cake, sprinkles and all - I had the decorating task.
This method does NOT use edible paper and inks, just ingenuity and a steady hand.
Cake mix and related ingredients along with the kitchen utensils necessary to prepare
Frosting of choice & White Frosting
Computer, printer and paper
Scissors and possibly tape
Zipper freezer bags
Step 1: Bake a Cake
Frost and decorate while keeping the area where you want the logo open with just frosting.
Step 2: Print Your Team Logo
Print the logo onto regular paper at the size you want the logo to appear on the cake - full size.
(Print the logo over multiple sheets if you are dealing with a large cake and need a really large logo. Tape the sheets of paper together into a single sheet).
Cut the logo out. If there's lots of intricate details around the perimeter it may be wise to not include all of them. Just cut wide around them.
Step 3: Mark Reference 'Points' on Your Logo
After the frosting has dried a bit and has a thin 'crust' on it lay the paper image carefully on the cake trying to keep it from sticking to the frosting.
Poke the toothpick back through the holes you've made to transfer these locations into the frosting. In addition to the interior details its a good idea to go around the perimeter and completely trace the outline of the image with toothpick pokes in the frosting.
After marking the perimeter and interior details with toothpick pokes in the frosting remove the paper from the cake and keep it handy for reference.
Step 4: Prep Your Colored Frosting
Divide your frosting into sufficient amounts for each color, allowing larger quantities dedicated to colors that have the greatest area in your image. Color your frosting with food coloring. Unfortunately most logos have dark saturated colors which take lots of food coloring to get the color dark.
Load your 'drawing tools'! Don't have a pastry bag? Why dirty one even if you have it...
Load zipper freezer bags with frosting and cut the tip of the corner off. It only takes a very small hole; 1/16 to 1/8th inch of the tip removed should do it. Practice with a small amount of frosting until you get the 'line width' you want then load the bag up for use.
Step 5: Follow the Dots!
Go back and fill in the solid areas, smoothing the frosting together to make it solid with no base frosting color peeking through.
Repeat with each color until finished.