How to print on fondant

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How to print on fondant
Printed fondant paper will give your cake an additional flair. (unique wedding cake image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

Printing on fondant allows you to add intricate, custom designs to a cake with little cost and mess. The printing is done with edible inks on sheets of fondant paper that can be used in just about any home or industrial printer. Any design, picture or pattern that can be printed on regular paper can just as easily print to fondant paper.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Digital design
  • Fondant paper
  • White paper
  • Printer
  • Edible ink

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use one sheet of fondant paper at a time and back each sheet with one sheet of plain card stock.

  2. 2

    Replace the regular ink cartridges in the printer with edible ink cartridges. You can purchase the cartridges online or from a speciality kitchen supply store.

    How to print on fondant
    Edible ink comes in cartridges that can replicate nearly any colour. (printer cartridge image by hugy from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Set the printer's paper feed so that it accepts thick paper and send your design to the printer.

  4. 4

    Allow each sheet of fondant paper to dry completely before peeling it away from the backing paper.

  5. 5

    Cover the iced cake completely with the fondant paper, smoothing the wrinkles out by massaging them downward, and trim the bottom edge. Refrigerate the finished cake for at least 45 minutes to set and solidify the fondant paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep fondant paper sealed until you're ready to use it. Store opened paper in a cool, dry cupboard.
  • If the fondant paper sticks to the backing paper, put it in the freezer until the paper becomes stiff enough to separate the two sheets.
  • Use a stiff, smooth icing, such as marzipan, underneath the fondant paer. If the icing has dried, moisten it with a light brush of water to allow the fondant paper to stick to the surface.
  • Fondant paper can be used on top of regular fondant.
  • Never attempt to use regular printer ink in place of edible ink.
  • Do not use fondant paper on top of buttercream or fresh cream icing.
  • Do not freeze a cake that is covered with fondant paper.

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