How to make edible cake transfers

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How to make edible cake transfers
Creating an edible transfer on a cake is an easy way to personalise. (Getty Creative)

Baking the perfect cake isn't simply about taste and texture, but is also about presentation. Personalising a cake to fit a specific event or celebration will take your cake to the next level. Creating an edible transfer on a cake allows bakers to put words and pictures onto their creation adding a special touch for the recipients. By using the frozen butter cream transfer method it is simple to personalise a cake for any occasion.

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Things you need

  • Printed picture or words (Black and white images from colouring books work best)
  • Waxed paper
  • Food colouring
  • Still frosting
  • Bag and frosting tip

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  1. 1

    Place a sheet of waxed paper over the image that is being transferred. When transferring words, be sure the lettering is mirrored so that when placed atop the cake it reads correctly.

  2. 2

    Add food colouring to the frosting to create needed colours for the image. Thinly outline the lettering or image with black or dark frosting using a tube of frosting or a bag and frosting tip. Once all lines have been neatly traced with frosting, begin filling in the image.

  3. 3

    Fill in specific areas with desired colours (i.e., fill in clothing, hair and skin with specific colours when transferring an image of a person). Gently smooth the frosting so that it has a consistent appearance without bubbles or gaps.

  4. 4

    Add a final layer of frosting that will act as a background for the image. Again, spread this layer gently and smoothly. Add another sheet of waxed paper to the top and place in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes until the icing freezes.

  5. 5

    Take the transfer out of the freezer and remove the top layer of waxed paper. Gently place this uncovered end on top of an already made cake. With the image facing upward, still covered in waxed paper, carefully remove the final sheet of waxed paper and reveal your transfer image.

  6. 6

    Add frosting in a coordinating colour to the edges of the cake and frost a border around the image if desired.

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