Many of the same crafts done in real paper can be created in edible paper to decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other desserts. Edible paper is a thin sheet of icing that can be cut, stamped, embossed, quilled or even printed on to create a wide variety of decorations. Unlike many other cake decorating techniques, working with edible paper is time saving and easy enough for most people to do without any prior cake decorating experience. Here are just a few ways you can use it:
- Create a book cake, as shown in the photo. The pages are printed using edible ink cartridges (filled with food color). They are then applied to the fondant by applying a light coat of piping gel to the back of the icing sheet.
- Punching designs: You can buy a wide variety of punches at your local craft store. You can punch out single decorations to place around a cake, top a cupcake or lay on top of a cookie. You can also find longer punch designs that make really decorative borders.
- Create funky flowers: A wide variety of designs can be printed on the icing sheets. To make your flowers, roll out the gum paste to 1/8” thick. Apply piping gel to the back of the printed icing sheet. Lay the icing sheet on top of the gum paste. Cut out flowers using a 5 petal cutter. Create a center for the flower by adding a ball of gum paste in the center, attaching it with gum glue. You can make the center yellow or just add a complimentary color. Allow the flowers to dry at least overnight. Attach the flowers to your cake with piping gel or place one on top of each cupcake before the frosting sets.
- Print out photos on the icing sheets and use them to create a photo gallery on a cake. You can layer photos printed out in different shapes and sizes to create a collage.
- Completely cover a cake in a printed design. Trace the cake pan on to the plastic backing of the edible paper and cut out with scissors. Apply to the top of the cake with a light coat of piping gel. Wrap the print around the cake by matching the print up from end to end and trimming the excess.
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