Prepare Your Cake
You can have any kind of cake - fruit, sponge, chocolate, or your favorite recipe. We usually just buy a frosted cake from the grocery store. Your edible icing sheet can be applied to almost any kind of icing such as fondant, sugar paste, royal icing, or buttercream. We prefer buttercream for maximum “melding” with the cake. Your cake topping can be any color, but remember that your edible image is made from very thin icing, so dark colors like chocolate may not always be suitable. We usually place the image on the cake 2-3 hours before serving. Do not refrigerate or freeze the image. (If you have to refrigerate, make sure no condensation happens on top)
Prepare Your Edible Image
Keep your edible image in the sealed Ziploc bag until you are ready to use it. It will dry out if left in the open air for too long.
Remove Your Edible Photo from the Backing Sheet
The edible photo should peel off easily - DO NOT FORCE IT! .
Do not let it dry out completely as it may become brittle and crack.
If it is sticking to the backing sheet, this is probably due to the temperature and humidity in the room. The easiest way to release the topper from its backing paper is to place it flat in the freezer for a minute (no more!) Be careful, the topper will come right off. It will be stiff for 20 seconds, but then will return to its humid pliable status. Do not bend it during this time.
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.
Apply Your Edible Image
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 image 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 IMAGE - this may cause the colors 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.
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 Image
Keep your photo icing in its bag until you are ready to use it.
Keep it flat and don't put anything on top of it to risk spoiling it.
Keep it out of direct sunlight or the colors may fade
They can stay edible for several months, but we recommend that you use within a month or so for the picture to stay sharp.