How to Transfer a Picture onto a Fondant Cake

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How to Transfer a Picture onto a Fondant Cake
Frozen butter cream icing transfer on a birthday cake (bulldog birthday cake image by tomcat2170 from

Transferring a picture onto a fondant cake can make the cake match the party theme or serve as a frame for an image of the guest of honour. There are several ways to transfer a picture to a fondant cake; a frozen butter-cream transfer is one of the most common.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Waxed paper - two sheets
  • Butter cream icing
  • Gel food colouring
  • Pastry bags
  • Icing tips - various sizes
  • Small bowls
  • Rolling pin
  • Freezer
  • Royal icing

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  1. 1

    Print a mirror image of the picture you want to transfer onto the cake. You can set your printer to the mirror-image setting before you print.

  2. 2

    Tape the picture to a stiff but movable surface, such as a piece of cardboard. Tape a piece of wax paper over the image.

  3. 3

    Mix the butter cream icing and gel food colourings to create the different colours in the picture. Mix the different colours of icing in small bowls; you need as many bowls as there are colours in the picture. Put each colour of icing into its own pastry bag.

  4. 4

    Using a small, round icing tip, pipe black icing around the outline of the picture. Fill in the rest of picture with icing in the corresponding colours.

  5. 5

    Place the second piece of waxed paper over the butter cream picture and smooth slightly. This can be done with a rolling pin. Do not flatten picture.

  6. 6

    Place picture in the freezer for 24 hours to harden icing. Remove picture from the freezer and carefully peel waxed paper off of both sides of picture.

  7. 7

    Place picture on the cake. Use tiny dots of royal icing to hold picture in place.

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