Everything You Need To Know About Edible Icing Cake Toppers
What Are Icing Cake Toppers Made Of?
Our Edible Icing Cake Toppers are made from a thin layer of real icing, which is made up mostly of sugar, on a backing sheet. The exact ingredient list is as follows:
water, starch (maize), dried glucose syrup, humectant: glycerine, sweetener: sorbitol, colour: titanium dioxide, vegetable oil (rapeseed), thickener: cellulose, emulsifier: polysorbate 80 flavouring: vanillin, sucralose
They aren’t made from wafer or rice paper like our Edible Cupcake Wafer Paper Toppers. The icing sheets themselves are Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher & Gluten-Free.
We then print on these icing sheets using edible ink cartridges using either one of our pre-determined designs or you can send us the image you require and we’ll print that for you - Personalised Photo Cake Toppers
How Long Are Icing Cake Toppers Good For?
We send out our icing cake toppers with 6 months minimum shelf life on them, but as they are made of sugar, as long as they are stored correctly, they will last a lot longer than 6 months. We do however recommend you use the topper within a month of receipt so you use it when the image quality is at its highest.
How To Store Icing Cake Toppers?
Store our Icing Cake Toppers flat in the packaging that it comes in, in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. Do not refrigerate.
Why do I need an Edible Icing Cake Topper?
If you’re looking to make a cake for a birthday, anniversary, national holiday (eg. Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc.) & want to make it look great in the easiest way possible, an Icing Cake Topper could be for you!
They’re very simple to use, inexpensive & you can personalise them.
Also, if you get creative you can do all sorts of things if you just use parts of the icing sheets & cut them up. For example, we’ve had customers ask for a city skyline silhouette that you can wrap around the cake; personalised labels for things like wine bottles for a bottle-shaped cake;
How do I use an Edible Icing Cake Topper?
- Prepare your cake - you can use any kind of cake you’d like & either bake it yourself, buy it from a supermarket or from a professional cake maker (they could put the icing sheet onto the cake for you too). Your Icing Cake Topper can be applied to almost any kind of icing. Roll out icing (also known as sugar paste/fondant), royal icing, buttercream icing or glaze icing. The icing could be any colour you want, but darker colours may show through the icing as it is quite thin, so it is preferable to use white or lighter icing. If it is very wet icing like whipped cream, ganache or covering paste with a high-fat content (like butter or cream cheese) then we would suggest you create a plaque out of roll-out icing the same shape as the icing cake topper and use it to create a thicker backing to the icing sheet, then put the whole thing on your cake. Otherwise, apply your icing sheet just before you plan to serve your cake so the moisture doesn’t have time to affect the quality of the topper!
- Prepare your Edible icing cake topper - Keep your cake topper in the packing it arrives in until you need it. Take it out the bag 20 minutes before applying it to the cake to allow for it to dry out slightly, this will make it easier to peel it away from the backing sheet. The icing sheet should peel off of the backing easily, there is no need to force it! If it is sticking to the backing sheet, take a look at the bottom of this page where we will give you some tips on how to get it off!
- Apply the topper to your cake - if the icing on your cake has dried a little or formed a crust you may need to add a little moisture to your cake so that the topper adheres to it correctly. Dampen the cake with a pastry brush, fine mist spray or simply using your finger dipped in some water & wet the area where you want the topper to go (Don’t over wet it though, little by little!). If needed dab a little kitchen towel to remove any excess moisture. DO NOT get water on the image on the topper, the ink is water-based and will smudge if it gets wet. Hold the topper and gently place it onto the cake, using DRY fingers smooth out any bumps and bubbles that may have appeared. If you accidentally tear the topper, don’t worry, rub the affected area very gently with your finger and it will gradually merge it back together, leave for a while to set properly.
How Do I Remove My Edible Icing Cake Topper From The Backing Sheet?
- Peel the backing away from the icing, not the icing off of the backing
- If your icing topper seems too sticky, take it out of the bag it came in and leave it on the side so it dries out a little, checking on it every 30 minutes. Do not leave it out overnight as it will become too brittle and crack.
- If your icing topper still doesn’t come away from the backing sheet easily, gently apply a hairdryer to the reverse for 30 seconds, leave it to cool and try again.
- Luke Quinton