To ensure freshness and pliability use within 7 days of purchase. Keep your frosting sheet in its original sealed plastic bag until you are ready to use it. Once open, use immediately. Store remaining parts of unused decal in a zip bag to prevent drying. Store your image in a cool, dry location. Do not store in the freezer or refrigerator. If your cake is frozen, thaw completely prior to applying decal. Once applied, the image is not repositionable. Handle with clean, dry hands. Avoid water drips.
Your decal can be applied to most any homemade or store bought cake. You can use a buttercream icing, royal icing, fondant, or sugar paste. If the frosting on your cake has formed a crust, use a slight mist of plain water to moisten the cake frosting so that your decal will adhere to your cake. If you are applying your image on fondant, moisten fondant with a brush and plain water only where the image will be applied. Optionally, you can use piping gel or clear corn syrup as a glue.
Start with clean, dry hands. Choose the place on the cake where your image is to be placed. Once applied, your cake decal cannot be moved. If your cake frosting has dried, apply a fine mist of water to the surface of your cake. Cake should not be wet - too much water may cause your image to run. Remove your image from its backing sheet by placing it face side down on clean, dry surface and slowly and carefully peel the backing sheet away from the image. Hold the image with both hands and place it face up directly on the cake icing. Gently smooth the image down with fingertips (or a dry, clean foam brush) starting from the center of the image and working to the edges. If the image bubbles after application, GENTLY TAP (do not rub) the image. After the image has been on the frosting for about 5 minutes it will begin to merge with the frosting and become one. If you touch it, it will leave a finger print just like the frosting does. If desired you can create piped borders around the edible image. Store your cake in the refrigerator to keep the image moist and free of cracks until serving.
TIPS & TRICKS
High and low humidity will affect the decal. Always keep the image in sealed bag.
Your cake frosting can be any color, but keep in mind that your decal is made from very thin icing, so dark colours like chocolate may show through your design a bit.
If you have trouble removing your image from its backing due to high humidity (decal is moist, stretching or sticking), try the following: if possible, move the image you are ready to use to a drier environment. An air-conditioned room will usually be dry enough to condition the image so that it can be peeled. Place the decal in a freezer for a few minutes or run a hair dryer on warm setting over it for a few seconds after which the image will usually peel easily from the backing sheet.
If you have trouble removing your image from its backing sheet due to low humidity (decal is dry, brittle) try the following: place the decal in an airtight plastic container or zip bag with a warm damp cloth underneath it. Make sure the damp cloth does not touch the image. Leave for a few hours or up to 3 days, then remove towel to prevent mold.
For Ice cream cakes with whipped topping don’t add any additional water. To apply 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 your decal while the ice cream is soft, then freezing.
For Whipped Toppings don’t add extra moisture.
For buttercream frosted cakes apply your decal 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.
For royal Icing add a generous mist of water over royal icing before applying an Edible Image decoration.
Poured white chocolate or ganache Pour your icing over your product then apply the image while the icing is still wet. Let image set before moving.
For Sugar paste or fondant use a small brush to apply water only where your image will be placed and then apply your image to this area. Water outside the image area will leave a mark on your fondant. If you do not use enough water, your image will not adhere.
You may also use white shortening to apply your image to fondant. Brush shortening onto either fondant or the back of your image for bondage. Gently wipe excess shortening from fondant with clean paper towel. This method will result in a cleaner smear-free application and the image is easier to remove without damaging the fondant surface if necessary.