How to Print Edible Images for Cakes

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How to Print Edible Images for Cakes
Print special birthday cake designs with your own printer. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

As the years have passed and technology has advanced, there are now user-friendly methods of designing your own cake decorations. No longer is cake design something that you would need to go to a professional bakery for. With new technology, cake decorating hobbyists are now able to print edible images onto cakes using their very own computers and printers. Many people are resorting to designing their own cakes to save money, with the only expense being the edible ink and frosting paper, which can be purchased at most craft stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Research the design you wish to print onto your cake. You can choose virtually any picture you wish, as this is just like printing on paper, only with edible ink and paper.

  2. 2

    Purchase the edible ink and frosting paper at your local craft store. There are many different colours of frosting paper, so make sure you choose a colour that won't overshadow or alter the picture you are printing.

  3. 3

    Remove your regular print cartridges and place them to the side.

  4. 4

    Remove the printhead and clean it with a cotton swab so that regular ink is not mixed with the edible ink during the printing process. You may need to consult your printer's user manual in order to locate and remove the printhead properly.

  5. 5

    Install the new edible ink cartridges as if you were installing new non-edible ink cartridges.

  6. 6

    Print a test page to ensure that you installed the edible ink correctly. You should be able to print a test page from your printer's menu. Depending on which type of printer you have, this menu should be on the LCD of the printer or in the printer options menu on your computer.

  7. 7

    Insert the edible frosting paper in the paper tray.

  8. 8

    Select the picture you want. You are now ready to print on the edible frosting paper. Once printed, you can cut out the picture and put it on top of the cake.

Tips and warnings

  • Compressed air also aids in cleaning the printhead from the non-edible ink.
  • Make sure the pages of frosting paper are not stuck to each other, otherwise you may cause a bad paper jam.
  • Do not use regular ink to print on the edible frosting paper. You must use edible ink.

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