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Does rice paper blend into your buttercream if your cake has colored frosting? What is icing paper...is it like the Wilton stuff they sell at Michael's? Would that be better to use...and what if you can't find the matching color of your butter cream?

I am going to have to hand print something on top of a cake (in black) and the cake will be in light blue buttercream. I'd rather do it on something sturdier than cold buttercream (though I've painted on that before).
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Icing paper - do you mean sugar sheets? Those are what Wilton offers. They can be cut with a Cricut or use the Wilton punches to punch out letters. Heck, I think the W sugar sheets actually cut already as letters that you just peel off the backing and place on the cake.

Rice paper (wafer paper) does not meld into the icing.
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Icing paper - do you mean sugar sheets? Those are what Wilton offers. They can be cut with a or use the Wilton punches to punch out letters. Heck, I think the W sugar sheets actually cut already as letters that you just peel off the backing and place on the cake.

Rice paper (wafer paper) does not meld into the icing.



Well, that's what I need to know...I've googled how to transfer an image to a buttercream cake and so far everyone says 'icing paper' is best but not sure if it's the same as the Wilton stuff..which I find a bit too stiff and I don't think it comes in the color blue I'm using anyway.

I can't punch any letters out as there are no cutters or punches in this particular font and I will have to hand paint or draw them.

I've seen other posts where people say the rice paper 'melts' into the buttercream (not fondant) but wasn't clear on whether that meant on colored BC or not. I can see where it would 'disappear' on white BC. I suppose if the rice paper is thin enough it might show through to the colored BC and just look like a frosted piece of tape maybe. (thinking out loud here).
Anyway, if anyone has used it I'd like to hear from you!

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Rice paper is the OLD term for what is now known as wafer paper. Way back when it was made from rice but not anymoreicon_smile.gif And no, it does not 'melt' into the b'cream. It gets a bit tough and when well applied it cannot actually be seen as a sheet laid on top of b'cream but it does not meld with it. Yrs back I used it alot icon_smile.gif
I actually haven't used any sugar sheets but I have a feeling they are a new improved wafer paper. I did use icing sheets .... well Edible Images. If the W sugar paper is the same then yes, it melts into the icing much better than wafer paper did as it is thinner.
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Carmijok: I will try to explain how I use the rice paper and hope it can help you to decide. First I draw my design in the rice paper with non-toxic markers. I put a buttercream crust on the cake then I place the rice paper on the cake and start filling the whole design with the star tip using different colors according with the design. In my gallery (except the cake of a dog) I have used rice paper (Brats, Thinkerbell, Superman, the Hello Kitty, Incredibles, etc.). I really like the rice paper paper because I can re-create any design or party invitation into the cake.
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Thanks guys. If I were doing a drawing, then yes I would definitely see how the wafer paper works. But I am just wanting to letter something in a specific font and don't want to do it directly on the cake since the chances of me screwing it up would be great. If I can write it on another surface and then just place it on top of the buttercream and still have it look somewhat like I wrote it on the cake, that's all I'm looking for. If the wafer paper is kind of see-through that would be fine...and if the butter from the BC makes it a little more transparent that would be even better. Don't they sell the wrap for spring rolls at the grocery store? Is that the same stuff as what we're talking about? Would that work?

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The icing sheets may be the like the Lucks or icing image. These do blend in slightly with the butter cream frosting. Most on-line edible ink companys sell them. I 've used these icing sheets in the past. Look on-line for Kopykake, Tasty photo art, Icing Images, the list goes on, compare prices and quality. I hope this helps. These definitely are not the Wilton sugar sheets, I use those too.
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