How To Put A Picture Onto A Cake

How To Put A Picture Onto A Cake

Last Updated on December 8, 2021 by Zara R.

There are many ways to put a picture onto a cake; there are; hand painting, stenciling, airbrushing, and many more. However, the edible picture is the easiest and most convenient way. Usually, only a few people have access to a printer that uses edible ink. Not only that but also wafer paper or edible icing sheets are expensive unless you own a cake shop. For these reasons, it is indeed a must-have. But, if you want a picture on your cake, they are still ways to achieve that.

So with that, I will share a way to put a cake using buttercream or royal icing design transfer. Hence, this technique is achievable and fun. In most cases, edible photos on cake have no flavors whatsoever and have exceedingly little texture. In addition to that, they easily dissolve on a moist surface.

What You Will Need 

  • Royal Icing or buttercream
  • Piping bags
  • Couplers
  • Piping tips
  • Offset spatula
  • Tracing paper (you can use wax or parchment paper)
  • Edible pens or marker
  • Piece of glass (for tracing)
  • Masking Tape
  • Picture of the design you want
  • Printed picture of the design

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Before anything else, prepare the picture that you want to put onto the cake. First, print the picture on a piece of paper. Then, make sure to choose a clear, detailed, and well-highlighted picture. 

Step 2

Afterward, measure your picture on your cake. Make sure that the picture will fit on the cake. Do the same thing with your tracing paper.

Step 3

After that, place the picture on top of a glass table. Preferably, it would be best if you have a light source below, then put the tracing paper on top. 

Step 4

Next, with an edible marker with a fine tip, begin tracing the picture on the tracing paper.

Step 5

Then, remove the printed picture and the picture that you traced from the glass. After that, take the traced picture, turn it over face down on the glass, and secure it with masking tape. 

Step 6

Afterward, take a piping bag attached with a small writing piping tip. And then, fill it with a black-colored buttercream or royal icing. 

Step 7

Begin outlining the picture.

Step 8

After you outline the picture, fill the other piping bags with different colors. Because of this, make sure they match with the picture and fill the gaps in your outlined picture. 

Step 9Decorate cake with piping bags

To prevent smudging when using buttercream, freeze the picture after every application of buttercream. But, if you decide to use royal icing, you need to rest until it hardens a bit; there is no need to put it inside the freezer. 

Step 10

Then, you can put a color on the background of the picture if you desire. However, it would help to ensure that the background will match the color of the cake. After that, you can smoothen the background with a spatula (when using buttercream).

Step 11

Ensure to fill every spot; please do not leave empty spots.

Step 12

If you used buttercream, freeze the picture overnight. If you used royal icing, just let it rest in a cool place until it hardens. 

freeze the picture overnight

Step 13

Finally, when the buttercream or royal icing picture is ready, place it on top of the cake. 

Tips and Tricks on How To Put Photo On Cake 

First of all, you can paint a picture on a wafer paper or an edible icing sheet using luster dust or petal dust. Keep in mind that you can ask cake shops and art craft shops to print the picture for you without time. Moreover, edible pens and markers are great for creating a picture onto the cake; you can directly draw fondant and sugar cookies. In addition to that, if you are great with free-hand drawing, then that’s a plus. With that, you can draw on edible paper like an icing sheet, and you can put them on cakes.

Furthermore, the difference between wafer paper and icing sheet is their production. Manufacturers produce wafer paper from potato starch, oil, and water. On the other hand, they make icing sheets from thin layers of hard-pressed icing into a plastic backing. Additionally, icing sheets are thicker than wafer paper, making it more preferable to create high-quality pictures. Also, if you end up using a printed edible picture and have a hard time removing the plastic in your icing sheet, take a hairdryer and heat the back of the icing sheet for approximately sixty seconds on the plastic backing removed.

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