How to Print Photos to Put on Cakes

Written by kittie mccoy
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Printing a photograph to use on top of a cake is not a difficult process. The greatest obstacle in performing this technique is the equipment required to do so. Edible inks and paper are available at some cake decorating supply shops and Internet websites. While these materials can be used in many different printer models, they should not be installed in a printer that has been used to print with regular ink as traces of ink could remain in the printer and end up on your cake.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • New printer
  • Edible ink
  • Edible paper
  • Cake
  • Frosting
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Purchase a new printer that will be dedicated to printing on edible paper with edible inks.

  2. 2

    Place the edible ink cartridges into the printer in the same way you would install regular ink cartridges.

  3. 3

    Load the printer with edible paper. This paper is sometimes referred to as icing sheets or frosting sheets.

  4. 4

    Print your desired picture onto the edible paper. Let the picture sit for a few minutes after printing to prevent smudging.

  5. 5

    Frost the cake with any type of frosting. This is necessary to adhere the printed photograph to the cake.

  6. 6

    Trim the picture with scissors to make it fit on top of the cake, if necessary.

  7. 7

    Peel the photograph carefully away from the backing and place the photograph onto the cake. Press it down gently so that it sticks to the frosting.

  8. 8

    Pipe a border around the photograph with frosting to hide the edges of the edible paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Some bakeries or cake decorating shops will print an edible photograph for you for a small fee. This is a good alternative if you do not want to spend the money for a printer dedicated to edible inks.

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