CAKES and CUPCAKES
Edible Photo Instructions
Our Edible Photos are cupcake and cake toppers, custom printed using edible inks. Also known as icing transfer sheets, frosting sheets, edible images, edible cake toppers or edible pictures.
We print your photo, logo, picture, artwork, design, text, wording, or any image you supply, on to sheets of real icing using food grade edible ink. Just transfer it to your cake top to create a personalised photo cake or cupcakes.
1. Prepare Your Cake
You can have any kind of cake - fruit, sponge, chocolate, or your favourite recipe. Bake and decorate your own cake or buy one already iced from a baker or supermarket. Your baker or cake decorator may be able to decorate your cake for you.
Your printed edible photo can be applied to almost any kind of icing such as fondant, sugar paste, royal icing, butter-cream or glace icing.
The icing on your cake or cupcakes can be any colour, but remember that your edible photo is made from very thin icing, so dark colours like chocolate may not always be suitable. Try white chocolate instead.
If you have a very wet icing or a covering with a high fat content (such as butter or cream cheese) then we suggest you make a backing plaque from fondant or sugar paste. This should be about the same size and shape as your edible photo. Place the photo on the plaque and put this on your cake top. Otherwise you should apply it just before serving the cake, before it has time to absorb the moisture or fat.
3. Prepare Your Edible Photo
Keep your edible photo in its plastic bag until you are ready to use it. Take it out of the bag before applying it to the cake to allow time for it to dry out slightly. This will make it easier to peel from the backing sheet.
4. Remove Your Edible Photo from the Backing Sheet
The edible photo should peel off easily - DO NOT FORCE IT! If it is sticking to the backing sheet, this is probably due to the temperature and humidity in the room. Leave it out of its bag in a dry room.
PLEASE NOTE: if the weather is warm with high humidity this may take longer. If the icing sheet does not peel off easily, leave it for another hour or two out of its bag and check it every 30 minutes. Do not leave it overnight or let it dry out completely as it may become brittle and crack.
This process is faster in a warm room with air-conditioning or central heating.
If the icing still does not come away easily, try gently applying a hairdryer to the reverse for 30 seconds, or put it on a baking tray in a warm oven (not hot) for a couple of minutes, or a fan oven with the fan on but the heat off, or hold it under a desk-lamp with a warm bulb.
You will get better results if you peel the backing away from the icing, rather than the other way round. If you have any difficulty, pull the backing sheet over the edge of a table or worktop (as illustrated).
5. Apply Your Edible Photo
If you have a shop-bought cake or the icing on your cake has dried or formed a crust, a little moisture will help the photo attach to the icing and blend in. Dampen the cake icing using a pastry-brush or a fine mist/spray, but don't over-wet it. DO NOT WET THE PHOTO - this may cause the colours in the image to run.
Hold the photo gently at the edges and place the middle onto the cake first. If any bubbles or wrinkles appear gently pat them out with DRY fingers.
If you accidentally tear the icing - DON'T PANIC! Just rub very gently with a dry finger and it will merge back together and the tear will disappear after an hour or so.
6. Your Finished Cake
After a few hours your picture will blend into the icing and look like it has been painted onto the icing. The time this takes and the results will vary depending on how dry your icing is.
If you have used a very dry topping, or if you need to serve the cake straight away then pipe some icing around the image to hide any visible edges.
How to Store your Edible Photo