Edible Inks for Printers

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Edible Inks for Printers
Cake decorating just got easier. (mothers day cake image by tomcat2170 from Fotolia.com)

Printer cartridges filled with edible ink were first made available to commercial buyers such as bakeries. This ink is used to decorate cakes and cookies, usually for special occasions. A printer dedicated to edible ink only---meaning that conventional ink, which is toxic if consumed, is never used in it---prints logos and photos on specially made edible wafer paper made with starch, water and vegetable oil. Home bakers can obtain edible ink cartridges for various inkjet printers. The same caveat applies to home bakers---the printer used with edible ink must never be used with conventional ink cartridges.

Canon Printers

Edible ink is widely available for Canon printers. Cheil Decoration of South Korea manufactures edible-ink printer cartridges for the Canon IP 4760 printer. This set of printer cartridges includes five colours and contains both natural and artificial ingredients. Tasty FotoArt of Denver, Colorado, sells edible-ink cartridges compatible with many Canon printers. They also provide wafer paper.

Epson Printers

For Epson printers, Zhuhai Inko Industrial Limited of China manufactures edible ink in black, cyan, yellow and magenta. Kopykake of Torrance, California, manufactures and sells edible-ink cartridges for Epson printers in individual colours (i.e., black, cyan, magenta and yellow) or in sets of four-color cartridges.

HP Printers

Edible-ink cartridges that are compatible with HP printers are manufactured by IQ Durable. These are sold in colour sets and black. Some cartridges for edible ink that are compatible with HP printers come empty and need to be filled with edible ink. Various merchants sell edible ink refill kits, including Kopykake in California.

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