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Edible cake toppers, what icing to use?
Can I use chocolate?

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#1 TootToot

Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:22 PM

I normally outsource the baking of birthday cakes but this year I have decided to be brave and give it a go.  I have bought one edible cake topper for a cake (doesn't say what it is made from, I assume it's edible icing) and some edible rice paper images for cupcakes.  The plan was to use Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, but the instructions recommend white icing to prevent the images bleeding.  Does anyone know if I can use the chocolate frosting with any degree of confidence?  I was planning to frost and eat on the same day if that makes any difference.  Thanks for any light you can shed original.gif

#2 kristylee21

Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:36 PM

The topper will be fine on any icing. The images on rice paper won't work too well on a choc icing, especially if left there for more than about an hr as rice paper is thin and the choc colour will show through and the image won't be as clear. A white choc icing, Plain white icing or fondant will show the image better

#3 TootToot

Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE (kristylee21 @ 17/09/2012, 07:36 PM)
The topper will be fine on any icing.

sorry eBay called it a topper, which to me makes it sound like a figurine, but it's actually an image as well.  So I have rice paper images and an unknown substance image (assume it's some kind of thin icing).  Hmm, so so far, I have one yay and one nay, anyone else?  If i don't get a strong consensus, I guess I will be careful and use vanilla frosting instead (a shame because I like the look of chocolate more).

#4 rachel*t*p

Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

Have never used images like you describe, but have only ever seen them on cakes that have been iced in white. The commercially made cakes I have seen often have sprinkles on the sides of the cake. I would think it would be difficult to see the image on a dark background.

#5 mumto3princesses

Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:39 PM

I have used those edible icing pictures quite a few times over the years and never used white icing and never had a problem. I haven't used the rice paper ones though so can't help there.

I did a picture each for my twins one year. One cake with pink icing and the other with chocolate. No problem at all.

eta: The pictures I have used are just ones I bought at a party shop for around $10 each. I was just thinking back and I have done 5 cakes with the pictures. Once for DD1 and it was Barbie on light pink. Then my twins had Snow White on hot pink and Cinderella on chocolate. I also did 2 different bratz pictures another year with both having mud cakes. One white choc and the other choc.

Edited by mumto3princesses, 18 September 2012 - 03:00 PM.

#6 Feral timtam

Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:45 PM

One of the big flat picture ones?
They're printed on rice paper using edible ink, same as the cupcake rice paper images. White icing is recommended so that the colour of the icing underneath doesn't show through.
Why not do white icing on top of the cake under the image and the chocolate icing on the sides and bordering the image?

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