We've never gone the traditional route 'cake-wise'; that said, you generally won't find us hand lettering cakes at Sweet E's - we prefer alternate methods.
So, if you want lettering, we usually do it with fondant, or little custom paper banners - that type of thing.
In fact, because our cakes up to 9-inch are 3 layers, people usually order smaller cakes from us than usual. In a lot of instances the cake is then too small to actually hand write an inscription or message on, so we happily offer a handmade banner for your cake
...it's totally up to you.