The easiest way to stick an attractive cake topper onto icing is to use a toothpick. Simply dip the end into some water and then push the cake topper into the icing.
How it works
Cake decorating requires patience and practice. You’ll need to learn how to apply different kinds of icings and then figure out what kind works best for your particular cake design.
Here are three basic methods for sticking cake toppers on icing:
Method 1 – Using Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate buttercream frosting is one of the most popular types of frosting used by professional cake maker. It comes together quickly and easily. Plus, it tastes great!
To use this type of frosting, first, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Then, pour the prepared batter into a greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees F until done.
Remove the cake from the oven and set it aside, let the cake cool down. Once cooled, run a table knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Invert the cake over a plate and remove the pan. Allow the cake to finish cooling upside-down.
Once the cake is fully cooled, you’re ready to start applying the cake coverings. First, spread a thin layer of frosting across the surface of the cake in buttercream.
Next, add another layer of frosting. Repeat with additional layers of buttercream icing until the desired thickness is achieved.
The final step is adding the cake icing toppers.
Simply position the topper onto the cake and press firmly against the surface. Gently lift off once the topper has been attached securely.
If you’d prefer not to use chocolate frosting, try Method 2 instead.
Method 2 – Using Cream Cheese Frosting
This recipe calls for cream cheese frosting because it’s easy to work with and looks beautiful on classic sponge cake or plain cakes. However, you can substitute other flavors such as vanilla or strawberry.
Just be sure that whatever flavor you choose matches the color of the cake.
Prepare the cake batter following the instructions provided in the box. Pour the prepared batter into a lightly oiled 9″ round springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Turn the temperature down to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Cool the cake completely. Run a sharp knife along all sides of the cake to release it from the pan.
Carefully turn the cake over so that the bottom side faces upward. Peel back any parchment paper covering the top of the cake. Place the cake on a serving platter.
Next, make the frosting. Beat the softened cream cheese using an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar gradually while beating continuously.
Continue mixing until smooth. Spread the frosting evenly across the top of the cake using a spatula. Use a small offset spatula to create swirls if desired.
Top with sprinkles or edible icing cake topper. Serve immediately.
Method 3 – Using Vanilla Icing
Vanilla icing is also very versatile. This method uses only two ingredients — white confectioner’s sugar and water.
To get started, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well to mix thoroughly. Now, slowly stir in the liquid ingredients. Mix until combined.
If necessary, knead the mixture gently to ensure there are no lumps. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before using.
When you’re ready to apply the icing toppers, take your chilled icing out of the refrigerator. Scoop up some icing between your fingers and roll it into balls.
Roll each ball in granulated sugar to coat them. Set the coated balls on wax paper to harden. You should have enough icing left over to cover the entire cake. For best results, let the icing sit overnight in the fridge.
When you’re ready to serve, simply scoop the hardened icing onto the center of the cake.
Smooth the icing by running a butter knife through it several times. Sprinkle with colored sugars or decorations. Enjoy!
How Long Are Icing Cake Toppers Good For?
An icing cake topper is good for up to 2 weeks after it is made. If you want to use them longer, then freeze them first. Once frozen, store them in airtight containers.
If you have leftover icing toppers, simply re-freeze them in ice cube trays, icing sheets, or small plastic bags until your next baking session. You’ll find many uses for this versatile ingredient!