What are Edible Toppers?
Cake toppers are unique edible cake decorations. They are thin flat sheets of icing made with natural ingredients and are very safe to consume.My Delicious Cake & Decorating Supplies allows you to upload any image or photo and have them printed onto the icing sheet using premium quality food grade edible inks.
What are the Cake Toppers/Image Sheets Made from?
Water, Cornstarch, Glutinous rice, Glucose, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Arabic Gum, Polysorbate 60,Citric Acid, Vanilla Favoring.
They are gluten and dairy free. The edible inks are also gluten free.
What Do they Taste Like?
They have a slight sugary flavor but other than that they do not have much flavor at all, so never distract from the taste or flavor of the cake.
What kind of Ink do you Use?
Our edible inks are from Italy being quality inks they produce vivid colours that replicate very close to the original images colours.
How do I trim the image / photo?
The soft and thin nature of the icing sheet allows for easy trimming with either a sharp knife, blade or can be cut with scissors.
How long will the Cake Toppers Store for?
They can be preserved if kept in their secure air lock bag for 12 months. However we recommend using the printed toppers within 6 months as the colours may begin to change.
What sort of icing works best?
The toppers can be used on most cake coverings, including marzipan, fondant, royal icing, glace icing, chocolate, whipped cream, buttercream and frozen cake surfaces (ice-cream). Not recommended for placing on jelly cakes, they are just to wet and cause the colours to run.
If you are using the creamy, buttery icings, it is advisable to apply your topper to a thin, white fondant sheet first, (this applies to cakes and cupcakes) almost like a plaque or disk as this puts a barrier between the icing and the image. This barrier prevents the icing from effecting the image, for example if the icing has swirls in it the image will mould to this surface and end up looking a bit bumpy, if the icing is dark in colour it can make the image dull, if the icing is very oily it can eventually make the colours on the image run or blend.
Having said this, it is not entirely necessary, the topper can go directly onto any icing, it all just depends on the finish you are wanting to achieve, the very neat, professional finish – do as above. Not to worried, do as you wish.
The best way to get the topper to stick to fondant is to use a VERY little bit of water, brush this on with a pastry brush making it even over the whole surface of where the topper is going to be placed. All you really want to do is make the fondant slightly sticky so the image will bond to it, if the fondant looks to wet maybe wait a minute for it to dry off slightly as you don’t want the colours getting impacted due to there being to much water.
When should I apply my cake topper to my cake or cupcakes?
If possible only apply the topper to the cake or cupcakes on the day of the party or function, the longer you leave them on the cake the more time they have to be impacted by the elements. Once on the cake or cupcakes they will become soft and mould to the surface and over time can start to become impacted by what lies underneath them – to avoid this please see the response to the question above.
If you do put them on before hand it is best not then keep them in the fridge overnight as the moisture in the fridge will make them very sticky and can effect the colours. Simply leave them on the counter or in a cake box out of sunlight, sunlight/heat will make them sweat and also become sticky.
What do you do if the topper Sheet will not come off the backing sheet?
If your sheet does not peel off the backing it’s because it’s too damp. In most cases it is due to humidity.
Peeling your edible prints:
Now remember when peeling, due to the high humidity during the summer months it is best to use the below peeling technique:
If you try to peel and it does not come away easily STOP RIGHT THERE, as it might begin to tear.
If you are cutting out the images do so before attempting to peel.
Place the topper, removed from the plastic sleeve into the freezer on a flat surface for about 60 – 90 seconds or more if required, when you open the freezer and bend the backing sheet the topper should just pop right off, if it bends with the backing it is not frozen enough and will not remove easily.. keep it in the freezer until it simply pops off when bending the backing. If the topper is still being stubborn be sure that your freezer is cold enough, as the topper does need to freeze in order to be removed easily. If for some reason the topper simply will not freeze you can also try the oven method mentioned below.
- This is the method we recommend and use for all our cake toppers. Place the topper in a warm dry oven at a very low temperature, (approx 50/60 degrees) for about 1-2 minutes, if the temperature is too hot the plastic backing will crumple and your picture will be damaged beyond repair. It is easier also to increase the temperature of the oven if needed.
- Remove the topper and allow to cool for a few seconds. If ready the topper will easily come away from the backing, if not place back in the oven and repeat the process until it does come way easily from the backing.
- To remove icing sheet from backing sheet you can pull sheet over the sharp edge of a table top.