How to make edible cake decorations

Written by s. herlihy
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A cake is a great way to end a party. Cakes can be plain items topped with icing sugar. Cakes can also be elaborate desserts designed to inspire and amuse guests. If your aim is the latter, you do not need to spend hundreds of dollars at the bakeshop to order the perfect cake design. Garnish the cake with edible decorations that you can make at home with a few simple and easily available items.

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Things you need

  • Rice paper
  • Edible markers
  • Piping gel
  • Edible glitter

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    Start with rice paper. Rice paper is thin, translucent material that is edible. If you can't find rice paper, substitute vellum paper from a local paper store. Make sure that the vellum paper has not been coloured, is made of non-toxic materials and can be eaten.

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    Decide on a design. Choose a design that you feel you can draw easily. Look for simple shapes such as butterflies, flowers, ribbons and hearts. Search the Internet for pictures of the item you have chosen. Print out the design that you like on regular paper.

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    Place the rice paper on top of the picture you have chosen. The image should be clearly seen underneath the paper. Use edible markers to trace the design. Flip over the paper and copy the design on the other side. Let dry overnight to make sure the images adhere to the paper.

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    Gently brush clear piping gel over both sides of the images you are using. The piping gel will make the colours brighter. Do not worry if the piping gel smears. Let the gel dry until the paper becomes tacky but has not fully dried out. This can take from 12 to 36 hours. The material should cling to your fingers just a little. Sprinkle a bit of edible glitter over the top of the material to make it stand out.

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    Cut out the image from the paper with a pair of short, sharp scissors. Do not worry if there are still little bits of rice paper that can be seen. The paper will fade into the background when viewed from more than a few inches away.

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    Place the paper decorations on top of the cake with a drop or two of water or a bit of fondant. If not using the decorations immediately, store them in a tightly closed plastic baggy in a plastic container. Keep the decorations away from any source of moisture. The rice paper should last two weeks to a month.

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