Edible Prints Directions
Please read these directions immediately for the best results possible.
IF YOUR PRINT PACKAGE IS COLD (winter time only) – Give it time to come to room temperature before handling. Cold prints are more fragile than those at room temperature.
1. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling the image. You will need to have a plain frosted cake. WHITE butter-cream FROSTING is best but any type of frosting will work, even frozen ice cream cakes! Your frosting should be fresh. If your frosting becomes dry, spray a fine mist of water over the cake (NOT the image) before applying the print. If your product is moist, DO NOT add any extra moisture. Using too much water may cause colors to run and melt your image. It can take quite a few hours for the image to blend in properly.
2. Edible Prints cannot be moved once applied. Plan where you will place the image, then apply the image face up onto your product. To remove the Edible Print, hold the opposite edges and pull the backing page across the sharp edge of a table. Never pull on the image itself, it can tear. Lay the Edible Print on top of the cake from the middle first and gently lay it out to the ends of the image. If the image bubbles after application, GENTLY TAP (do not rub) the image. After Application add a border or edge decoration of your choice to finish. You can also add words by hand on top of the image. Avoid extensive exposure to ultraviolet lighting. As with any food coloring, the image may fade over time.
3. If the Edible Prints seem stubborn about releasing, do not try to peel the icing sheet away as this will cause tearing. Place the Edible Prints flat in the freezer for 10 - 15 seconds (NOT LONGER). You should have no problem peeling the backing off. You should remove the image from the backing immediately after taking it out from the freezer.
4. Edible Prints should be stored in the packaging it is shipped in a cool, dry location out of direct lighting. DO NOT store in the refrigerator or freezer.
5. Be careful not to let water drip on to the Edible Prints as it can melt and ruin your print.
6. If your cake is frozen when you apply the frosting sheet, allow it to thaw slowly in the refrigerator. You’ll also want to avoid storing the finished cake in an airtight cake dome at room temperature. An airtight cake dome can act like a greenhouse.
Tips for Removing the Edible Prints From the Backing Material:
Please understand, there is NO single correct answer to this problem, since the climate conditions and humidity of each part of the country or even the world are different or change seasonally.
Drying time and methods depend entirely on the ambient humidity. In some cases the humidity may be so high that the edible image will NOT easily release from the paper or comes apart in small pieces. In these conditions we recommend the following methods that have ALL worked successfully:
1. Placing edible image into a VERY COLD FREEZER will allow easy removal after about 10 to 15 seconds (NOT LONGER), providing the freezer is a DRY freezer and not a WET freezer. (This really works the best). You should remove the sheet immediately after taking it out from the freezer.
2. One other way is to use a blower type hair dryer (or any other hot air supply) on the front and reverse sides of the backing sheet on high heat for 30-40 seconds. This method is very reliable and should solve your release problems.
3. NOTE: ALL of our Edible Prints can be trimmed using scissors or an exacto knife. Our printing system prints the images as it receives it, so it may not be centered exactly in the center (we have no control over this). In which case you can trim them to fit your cake.
Application Tips by Product
If you are applying the Edible Prints to an ice cream cake iced with non-dairy whipped topping, DO NOT add any additional water. If you are applying the Edible Prints directly to ice cream, it is best to allow the ice cream to "sweat" a bit before applying the image, or mist the ice cream with milk before applying the image.
If you are working with soft-serve ice cream you will achieve better results by applying the Edible Prints while the ice cream is soft, then freezing it hard.
Apply the Edible Prints right after icing the cake. Buttercream icings will form a thin crust about an hour after they have been applied. If Buttercream has formed a crust, spray with a fine mist of water before applying the image.
Thaw slightly before icing to avoid cracking, then apply the image. If decorated cake is frozen, thaw slowly, preferably in a refrigerator, uncovered, to avoid running of colors and sweating.
Add a generous mist of water over royal icing before applying an Edible Prints.
Non-Dairy Whipped Topping
DO NOT ADD extra moisture before applying the Edible Prints. Keep finished cakes refrigerated to extend shelf life.
Rolled Fondant / Sugar Paste
Apply fondant or sugar paste as directed. Plan where you will lay the Edible Prints. Then, with a small paintbrush, apply a generous brushing of plain water, but only where your image will lay and then apply your image to this area. Water outside the image area will leave a mark on your fondant.
Corners and edges can be tapped down with a slightly moist, very small paintbrush.
Another method is to spread a thin layer of frosting only where your image will lay. Then immediately apply the Edible Prints.
Poured White Chocolate / Ganache / Baker's Coatings / Poured Fondants
To apply Edible Prints to any poured icings products, simply pour your icing over your product. Then apply the image while the icing is still wet. Be sure to let your product set up on a flat surface so the image will not slide.