Tips & Tricks for Using Edible Images

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I love using edible images and I am learning new ways to implement them on my cakes. However, they can be a little tricky to apply if you don’t know what works best. I’m going share with you a few of my tricks for application. Keep in mind that edible images need moisture to blend into the cake but NEVER wet the image. Wetting the image can ruin your print and cause colors to run.14520413_901225370007800_6910420777066639027_n.jpg

I only cover my cakes with American buttercream or homemade marshmallow fondant so these are the guidelines I use.


I have found it is best to apply the icing sheet as soon as I have iced the cake. Buttercream icings will form a thin crust about 30 minutes to an hour after they have been added to the cake. If your buttercream has formed a crust, you can moisten it by spraying with a very fine mist of water before adding your image. Try to get your buttercream as smooth as possible. Decide where you would like to add the image and keep in mind that once it is placed on the it cannot be moved.

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I prefer using fondant with edible images simply because my fondant is always smoother than my buttercream.  I love the end results I get with fondant. In order to get the image to stick to the fondant you will need to apply a generous brushing of plain water exactly where the image will lay. Any water brushed outside the image area will leave a mark on the fondant.  If you don’t use enough water on the fondant the image will not adhere. You can use a slightly wet very small cake brush to carefully tap down edges and corners.

General Tips

Apply image face up onto the cake and gently tap down with your fingertips. I have used a fondant smoother and very gently smoothed out the image starting from the center. Use caution if doing this, you don’t want to tear your image.

13450930_843122472484757_850411302608577450_nIf your image is cracking, you can place it into a zip-lock bag and put it in the freezer laying flat for about 10 minutes. Then, take it out and leave it on your counter until it is back to room temperature.

If your image is very sticky and doesn’t want to peel off the paper you can roll the back side against the edge of a table and pull back and forth. This will help loosen up the page once you get it going. pick a corner and be very patient. Use a small flat spatula or butter knife and lift up the very tip corner, slowly working into the paper and then out. Use your other hand to pull plastic backing down and away from image sheet. Don’t rush this process!!

I have also placed images in the freezer for about 30 seconds to stiffen them up just enough to remove the plastic backing. Be careful though not to crack or tear your image.

I’m sure with a little practice you’ll have the hang of it. If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Almost any image you want can be found here.

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