Lord of the Rings book

LOTR letteringI took a class from Michelle Bommarito (from “Sugar Rush” on the Food Network) on how to create a cake that looked like an antique book! She taught the book construction; the subject matter was entirely my choice. 🙂

The book is simply cake covered in buttercream and fondant. I dusted the cover with gold luster dust to give it an old-fashioned finish. The lettering was definitely the trickiest part! I used royal icing because I wanted a smooth and glossy finish. But I didn’t want it to be thick- I needed a super fine point! So, as if I were a calligrapher from the 1700s, I sat and dipped my pointed stick into the royal icing. Bit by bit, the letters came together! Here are some photos of the finished product:


Here’s a close-up of J.R.R. Tolkien’s monogram. You can see all the initials of his name. I love it!DSCN0122

I couldn’t resist adding Gollum to at least one photo. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Lord of the Rings book

  1. Charlotte Cain

    Where did you get the template for the elvish writing at the bottom? I would like to create a similar design. Great work!!!


    • Melodía Cakes and Treats

      Hey Charlotte! I did it free-hand. If you find a template, let me know, bc that would have been easier, haha! 🙂 If you’re nervous about trying it free-hand, I would suggest taking a ruler and very lightly marking a few indentations (not an entire straight line- just a few dots to keep you in check). You could always draw the letters using a pointed stick (like in my photo above), but without using any icing. That way, if it looks sorta uneven, you could go back and redo it when you add the icing, and the old markings would barely be visible.

      To get this raised effect of embossed lettering, make sure you use royal icing on fondant. You don’t need to make an entire batch- just mix powdered sugar with a teensy bit of water and it’ll do. 🙂

      Thanks for reading the blog! I love to hear from people. Show me a photo of your cake when you’re done- I’d love to see it! 🙂


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