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post #1 of 34
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Ok.. is it just me or does anyone else that does edible images have a problem getting theirs off the sheet... When I made the "family" picture cake last weekend, I tore one sheet up trying to get it off.. so I put the next one in the freezer... as soon as I'd get it out of the freezer and start peeling it off, when any heat at all got to it, it would go limp and if I'd kept trying to get it off the backing, I would have torn it again ... I did make a couple of tears in it, but it wasn't too bad and at 2 a.m. in the morning, I was kinda of past caring lol ...

I did another edible image cupcake cake (not sure what you call cupcakes that have been put together like a cake lol).. It too was limp and would not have peeled at all .. so I put it in the freezer.. when I went to get it out, same problem, it immediately started going limp and would have torn had I kept trying to get it off the backing sheet... so I put in back in the freezer again .. this time I ran my hands under the hardened frosting sheet carefully while leaving it in the freezer and it popped right off for me .. I then hurriedly put it onto the cupcakes before it softened...

Am I the only one that's had this problem?? I keep my house really cool w/the a/c on .. so I don't think it's the heat... so I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong thumbsdown.gif

anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 34
Blow dry the sheets for about a min...just until they stiffen slightly.
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post #3 of 34
I have always used the freezer method. For bigger sheets...I leave it in the freezer for about 2-3 minutes. I make sure my hands are not hot. I rub ice on them before I take it out. Then I peel it off and stick it on the cake. I can not work with an image unless it is a little stiff from the freezer...the one time I did not use the freezer method...I ripped the image! And that is really frustrating! Hope that helps!
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post #4 of 34
I've never had any problems at all. I have to get my edible images from a local grocery store bakery, but I just leave them at room temperature until it's time to use them, and they have always just peeled right off. Sorry you're having such a hard time.
post #5 of 34
I had the same problem on the baseball cake I just made. I live in AZ and even with the AC on it is still 77 degrees in my house! I had to place the image in the freezer until it came off the backing. I had to then quickly place it on my cake. The more I touched it the softer it got. I needed 6 images for my cake and I ended up printing 9 images because 3 tore. It was very frustrating. I also had a problem with the 1st picture I was trying to use. It had some dark areas in the picture and it seemed like the ink would not dry on that spot so they tore as soon as I tried to remove them from the backing. I had to go with a different picture that was not as dark. Hope that makes sense!
post #6 of 34
Might want to try rolling over the sharp edge of your counter, while holding each end firmly. That always loosens the image for me. Then just peel back half way and then peel back half way from the opposite end. The darker areas have more ink, so it does take longer for those areas to dry.
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post #7 of 34
I had this happen to me just this weekend for the first time. I thought that my sheets might be drying out or something?? I remember reading never to put them in the microwave...so I ended up using my icing spreader and gently running it between the frosting and the backing. It took it right off and it worked out ok.
post #8 of 34
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To me, it seemed like the frosting sheet was melted some .. it was so soft.. I tried rolling it over the side of the cabinet, the edges didn't come loose at all.. when I popped it in the freezer, I could get the edges up easily .. it was just the center part that was giving me the hard time ... after I left it in the freezer and just ran my hands under it, it seemed to come off well.. but I literally had to rush over and place it because it was going soft again on me... just dunno what I'm doing wrong .. but mine just won't turn loose unless I freeze it ..

Lisa, I'll try the blow dryer to see if that'll work on my next one icon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 34
with frosting sheets you must allow them to dry, especially if you have an image that has a lot of ink, then run you spatula underneath the image a little at a time.
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post #10 of 34
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I printed one out about 3 days in advance of using it... I let it sit out overnight and then stored it in a ziploc bag .. that's the one of the family portrait that I needed for a cake.. I tore that thing up trying to get it off there .. that's when I resorted to the freezer to get it harder so I could get it off.. I bet I made 10 trips back and forth from the freezer, loosening that thing up .. then I placed it on the cake .. it was a bit crooked because I had to put it on so quickly .. there was no lifting it up and taking it off either lol .. I think a lot has to do with the heat here too .. it's been 95+ degrees here .. even though I keep my house cool, I think the heat and the humidity just play a factor into this somewhere ...
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post #11 of 34
What I do is get an idea of exactly where I want to put it on the cake before I peel my image. You do not have much time after you take it out of the freezer. But the more you do this...the easier it is. I get spoiled to using images because it takes less time than having to do a transfer!
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post #12 of 34
Hi Ladies, I would LOVE to learn more about using this images, can anyone tell more about them, how to buy/print them? Special printer? What kind of "paper" you print on? And the edible ink? Many thanks, I would really appreciate the help!
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post #13 of 34
To print edible images, all you need is a new, compatible inkjet printer (like the Canon iP3000, iP1500 or MP 130), edible paper (frosting sheets) and edible ink cartridges. It's just like printing anything else only you're using edible inks and papers. You can find the supplies and more info at www.kopykake.com
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post #14 of 34
Thank you soooo much Lisa! I really appreciate your help, again! And one more question... can you use it over fondant?
Thanks again!!! LOVE this website, you guys are the BEST!
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post #15 of 34
Yes thumbs_up.gif You can use frosting sheets on buttercream, fondant, royal, ganache, icecream, chocolate, candy...just about anything as long as there isn't a high water content.
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