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How to Apply an Edible Topper to a Cake

Instructions for Storage and Use of Edible Images

Edible images are a great way to add a personal touch to cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. They are also relatively easy to use, but there are a few things you need to know to get the best results.


Edible images should be stored in a sealed package, out of light, and at room temperature. Do not get them wet, as this will cause the ink to run. You should also avoid storing them in the fridge or freezer, as this can make them brittle.


To apply an edible image, you will need a frosted cake. You can also mist a cake previously frosted with a tiny bit of water.

  1. Place the edible image in the freezer for no longer than 5 minutes.

  2. Remove the backing from the image by bending the backing away from the image immediately upon removal from the freezer.

  3. The image should release easily, but you must work fast as it thaws quickly. If the image re-sticks to the backing, place it back in the freezer for 1-5 minutes, then remove and repeat the above steps.

  4. Plan the placement carefully, as the edible image cannot be moved once it is applied.

  5. Place the edible image on the cake, starting in the center of the image. Gently smooth the image using your hand.

  6. Add any additional frosting or decorations.

  7. For uncut images or images you would like to trim, cut them while the sheet is warm using a sharp knife or scissors. (The backing will still need to be removed.)


  • If you are using buttercream frosting, follow steps 1-7.

  • If you are using edible images on ice cream, remove the ice cream from the freezer just long enough for it to start sweating. Then, apply the edible image using steps 2-7 above.

  • If you are using non-dairy or whipped topping frosting, follow steps 2-7 as quickly as possible. The whipped toppings have a much higher water content and do not need water in any way.

  • For fondant or sugar paste applications, use a small paintbrush to brush the area of application with a small amount of water. Then, follow steps 2-7.

Here are some additional tips for using edible images:

  • Use a high-quality edible image printer. This will ensure that the images are clear and vibrant.

  • Choose the right size image for your cake. You don't want the image to be too small or too large.

  • If you are using a multi-image sheet, plan out where you want to place each image before you start.

  • Be careful not to overwork the image. If you press too hard, you could damage the image.

  • Enjoy your delicious and beautiful dessert!

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