Transferring an Image onto a Cake using Wafer Paper (aka Rice Paper). Great for Beginners.

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In this video I’ll show you how I transferred the image of the clown on this cake using rice paper (also known as wafer paper). It’s a simple, versatile and inexpensive way to transfer images.

I purchased the rice paper that I used in the video at a cake supply store. It came in a plastic envelope and was priced at .00 for 4 sheets. I’ve also purchased them individually for $.30. Keep them stored in a dry place. Humidity will ruin your sheets and cause them to stick to each other if they are not properly stored.

I also purchased my marker at a cake supply store. If you don’t have one try creating edible paint by mixing food coloring with some clear alcohol. Just dip a thin paintbrush into your paint and start tracing your image. Although I’ve never done it before, it should work well.

Here are a few tutorials on how other cake decorators use rice paper to transfer images. These videos are not in English but you may be able to get the gist of it just by watching.

This transfer was filled in with piping gel. Piping gel can be purchased at Michael’s, Walmart or cake decorating supply stores. You may need to thin it down with some water. You could also make it yourself if you choose.

Here it’s being done with a combination of whipped cream and piping gel.

And lastly, here’s the link of a video where the decorator is painting on his rice paper with edible paint.

If you can’t find rice paper then I would suggest a different transfer method. Royal icing transfers, chocolate transfers, frozen buttercream transfers, colorflow transfers are all different transfer methods worth looking in to. In addition to these methods I would also like to suggest filling in transfers with poured fondant. Although I’ve never tried it before it would make for a fun cake decorating experiment.

Although this method is not my preferred way of doing transfers, I thought I’d share it anyhow. It’s an alternative that’s nice to know (it’s certainly a lot better than buying a shaped character pan that you’ll most likely only use once and then have to find storage space for it) it’s also another neat way of using rice paper.

I hope this technique helped you in some way. If it did, make sure to subscribe if you haven’t done so already and watch my other videos.

Thank you for watching. I hope to “see” you in my next video.


P.S. This was a round 8″X3″ cake and the buttercream recipe is Wilton’s recipe with shortening.The stars should be piped using medium consistency frosting. The toy animals were purchased online (I’m not sure where since I’m not the one who purchased them) and the accessories were purchased at cake decorating supply stores. If you are wondering whether you can taste the rice paper in the cake, I would say at times you can feel the texture of the paper but it dissolves quickly as you eat it. You can dip your finger in some water and wet the rice paper down a bit more if you want before you start to decorate. Also, the rice paper has a smooth side and a rough side, I traced on the smooth side.

One last thing, the triple star tip number 2010 by Wilton helps to cover the surface of the cake faster. I have it, but haven’t used it. The stars on this nozzle are equal in size to tip 18. As you pipe the stars you turn the tip to interlock…

Also, please note that I don’t claim to be an expert in this method, this is simply how I went about it with decent results!

Hope this helped in some way. xoxo ’till next time!

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