Birthday Cakes & Cake
Images & Logos on Cakes
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
How to Put Images &
your child have a favorite cartoon character?
Wouldn't it be nice if you
could put the company logo on the office party cake?
Now you can.
Transferring simple line drawings to cakes may seem like a job for the
professionals, but it's really one of the easiest projects possible for
a beginner cake decorator.
It's true, you're friends will be
ultra-impressed and only you have to know how simple it really was.
Once you learn this technique, the possibilities are endless!
In addition to the regular cake decorating supplies -- pastry bags,
decorating tips, etc., you will need a sheet of rice paper. This edible
"paper" is used for a pattern. Don't worry, the icing will naturally
dissolve the paper before you ever get around to eating the cake, but
even if it didn't, it's edible (it's even Kosher). You can find rice
paper at cake decorating suppliers or hobby & craft stores.
So follow these simple steps and before you know it, you'll be turning
out professional looking cakes!
1. Use a non-toxic crayon (any Crayola will do) or a food coloring
decorating marker to trace your design
(from a coloring page or stencil) onto the rice paper. In order to get
the most use from a single sheet of paper, place your design as close to
the edge as possible. Once you're finished tracing, carefully cut out
the design as close to the borders as possible. Save the remaining paper
for another time.
Simple line drawings
are easy to find, in coloring books or search the internet for "coloring
2. Center the cut out rice paper pattern on your frosted cake.
3. Fill a pastry bag, outfitted with a small round writing tip, with
dark colored icing. This is what you'll outline the design with. If you
don't want to make your own icing (getting a dark enough color can be
difficult), but canned dark fudge icing works very well for outlining.
Outline the entire design.
4. Now it's time to fill in the design. Remember to start filling in
with the smallest detailed areas first and the largest areas last. Use a
small star tip for filling and pipe lots of tiny stars until the entire
area of your design is completed. Don't worry if some of your outline
seems to be getting lost, you're going to go over it again. To get
instruction on how to pipe stars go to www.wilton.com and click on their
"Learn to Decorate" section. Then go to "Basic Decorating Lessons", then
click on "Basic Decorating Techniques", then choose "stars". You can
even watch a video clip of this technique.
5. After you've finished filling in, take your outline bag and
re-outline the entire design again. It amazing how this step will bring
the design to life. Now it's time to finish the cake. You might want to
pipe a simple border or two. Another easy technique is to cover the
sides of the cake in multi-colored dots.