My business card says “Kara Shall, Sugar Artist.” People’s reactions are entertaining. Is that even a real job? Sure! Baking may be chemistry, but the rest is art. And because I see my work in this light, I must confess that I had a little chip on my snobby little shoulder about using edible printers. If everything I make is my own design, why would I need one? Now, don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely a market for printed images on a sheet cake. It’s just not my market, so I was content that I had no need for an edible printer. Admiring the work of other cake artists (most notably Stevi Auble), I began to change my mind and realize that a printer could come in handy. Then Icing Images changed everything by introducing the $199 bundle and I decided to order one since that was the best price I’d seen. By the time it arrived, I had some ideas floating around in my head about how an edible printer could help build my business and still satisfy the artist inside.
If you aren’t convinced yet that you need an edible printer, check out my Tattoo Transfer Method. It works beautifully on fondant, beautifully on royal icing. Using food safe acetate (quick tip: save and use the acetate that comes as the backing for your icing sheets), you can quickly and easily print and transfer edible ink to your cakes and cookies in seconds! I know, I know, where’s the art in that? It’s only limited by your imagination. I’m thinking of transferring patterns, time-saving outlines of a difficult shape and then piping over it, and intricate colored images . . . How will you use this method? Leave a comment and tell me if you do!
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