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Cake submitted by Shannon W. from Cresco, IA
This is an easy and fun way to make the birthday child's very own cake with his or her name on it.
Bake a 13x9 cake. Carefully cut about 1/3 away from the rest of the cake. Reserve the remaining square for another use (decorating it like a present usually works well). Place the cake 1/3 upright with the cut side at the bottom.
If the cake wants to fall over, you can either tip it back onto its side and trim a bit off the bottom, or you can take a bit from the reserved cake and squish it underneath the smaller cake.
You may want to make a template with waxed paper to decide how you want the lettering on the cake to look, but it is not entirely necessary.
If desired, cut out notches to emphasize negative space in the cake between letters and in letters that would not fill the space at the top and edges of the cake. (This will make it more difficult to frost but easier to outline the letters and I like the effect.)
Then it's time to frost the whole thing (except the bottom). If you've made notches, frost inside them, too. Use the color you want on the inside of the letters to frost. Smooth the frosting to your liking.
Let your base coat dry. (I usually use my smallest round tip for the outline of the letters, but feel free to use a bigger one if you want a thicker outline.)
If you've made a wax paper template, pipe your outline (backwards) in your base color and place it gently on the cake.
Then softly rub to transfer the outline onto the cake. Next pipe over transfer lines with your outline color.
Alternately, if you haven't made a wax paper template, freehand your letter outlines onto the cake. (I usually do the front, top and sides, but you can include the back if desired.)