if you haven’t read the previous posts in this edible printing series, then i highly encourage you to go to the post you ended at!
we are officially at the best part of this how to series. this is where i’m going to just give you the basics on decorating both cookies and cakes with the wafer paper. it’s super easy to do, although some might find the cake to be a little tricky. it takes a little time and practice to get the cake part down but it gets easier!
to decorate the cookies you need a few simple things.
- cookies already baked and iced with royal icing that is dried
- wafer paper with the images that you want printed
- small paint brush (an unused one! do not use a paint brush you used for arts and crafts. it’s not safe)
- light corn syrup
- piping bag fitted with your choice of tip and some royal icing (optional)
take your paintbrush and brush a little corn syrup all over the iced cookie. don’t put too much on, just a nice light coating to let the wafer paper stick. place the wafer paper image on the cookie and gently press down from the center pushing outwards to prevent air bubbles.
now there are 2 options to keep the edges of the wafer paper to not curl up.
- place some wax paper on the counter and the place the cookies upside down after you place the wafer paper on the cookie. let it sit for an hour or so to let the wafer paper dry flat.
- use a piping bag fitted with a tip and filled with some royal icing and pipe a boarder along the edge of the wafer paper to hold it down.
so putting wafer paper on a cake can be easy but also a challenge in itself. many people do it in different ways, some ways are easier and others you are like “how did they do that?!” i’ve always put wafer paper on a cake frosted with swiss buttercream. i find that swiss buttercream gives you more of a crisp edge and smooth sides versus a basic american buttercream, which makes it easier to place the wafer paper on. if you aren’t sure about putting the wafer paper onto a buttercream cake, try doing ganache or even fondant. if you use fondant make sure to use corn syrup to get the wafer paper to stick.
- one cake frosted. do not put the cake into the fridge, it makes it harder to place the wafer paper and make it stick.
- wafer paper with image. I always print off 3 rectangles typically 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide for a three layer 6-inch cake. this will vary on what size cake you are making though, so make sure you get the dimensions right and measured before printing. sometimes i’ll print off a 6 inch round to put onto the top of the cake.
- exact-o knife
cut out your images and start with one on the sides. place it along the side of the cake, aligning the bottom first, and then gently press onto the cake with your fingers. make sure that the paper is smoothly put onto the cake, starting from the center and moving out to prevent air bubbles.
taking the next piece of the wafer paper, do the exact same thing. depending on the print sometimes i will slightly overlap the wafer paper (as seen in the above bottom picture) so that there isn’t a line of buttercream showing. keep repeating this process until the sides of the cake are fully covered, using the exact-o knife to carefully trim any excess. if you don’t have or want to use an exact-o knife, use a scissor.
using the exact-o knife, carefully remove the excess trim at the top of the cake. take a piping bag and pipe a nice boarder along the sides to hide the edges if desired.
this is just a very simple step by step of how i decorate with wafer paper. i have yet to try the frosting sheets yet but when i do i’ll let you know how it works. if anyone has any tips to share on how they use wafer paper please share in the comments! i’d love to see how you work with wafer paper.