How to Ice a Cake With Rice Paper

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How to Ice a Cake With Rice Paper
Use rice paper to decorate your cake to ensure smooth lines or fun shapes. (cake image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

There are many ways to decorate a cake to make it look beautiful and elegant in addition to using traditional frosting or icing. Rice paper is a thin, paper-like, edible material. Since rice paper is edible and can be drawn on, it is a popular choice for cake decorating. You can use coloured rice paper as the icing on your cake, then draw on top of that using icing or more rice paper. You also can frost the cake and then use designs cut out from rice paper to decorate the cake. However you choose to decorate using rice paper, it's important to learn the proper technique to ensure the rice paper stays in place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rice paper
  • Utility knife
  • Pastry bag
  • Icing

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the cake on a level surface. Cut a piece of rice paper to fit the top of the cake.

  2. 2

    Place the rice paper on a clean, flat surface. Create shapes and designs on the rice paper with an edible, non-toxic crayon. If you prefer not to use any shapes or designs and want the clean look of rice paper, lay the plain piece of paper flat on the surface of the cake.

  3. 3

    Cut the designs and shapes out of the rice paper with a utility knife. Position the cut images on the top of the cake.

  4. 4

    Outline the cake with icing using a pastry bag. This will secure the rice paper in place. If you used cutouts, outline each cutout using the pastry bag. Use different tips on the pastry bag to outline the cutouts or colour in the middle of the cutouts. Continue this process until the cake is decorated to your liking.

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