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Designer Prints™ Decorations

What are they?

Created to bring design to the side of the cake, Designer Prints™ designs match up from strip to strip and can easily be wrapped around your desserts. Printed with stable food colors on a starch and sugar base, they are more resistant to fading than Print On-Demand technology. They meld to the surface by absorbing moisture from the food item, cut easily after application and are freeze-thaw stable. 

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View Lucks Designer Prints™ decorations. 

   

APPLICATION TIPS

by Icing Type

  • American Buttercream (crusting buttercream): Apply Designer Prints™ strip while icing is tacky. If frosting crusts beforehand, mist lightly with water.
  • Cooked European Buttercream: If butter ratio is high, it prevents complete adherence. If you have trouble with the image melding, mist frosting lightly with water.
  • Nondairy/Dairy Whipped Topping: Do NOT add any extra moisture to the topping. The moisture content is already perfect for adherence. 
  • Frozen Whipped Topping or Icing: Before applying image to cake surface, be sure ice crystals have fully melted. 
  • Run Royal Icing: Moisture content of run icing is too wet for immediate application. Allow icing to dry before attempting to apply a Designer Prints™ strip. After the icing is dry, lightly brush clear piping gel or simple syrup only to area to be covered with design.   
  • Royal Icing: Add a generous mist of water (being careful to avoid puddles) before icing dries to prevent crusting before application.
  • Fondant: Using clear potable alcohol, such as vodka or Everclear, spray an even coat over fondant with airbrush. Apply Designer Prints™ strip immediately to fondant’s surface. 
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Application for Ice Cream Cakes

If your ice cream cake is covered in a thin layer of ice crystals, let it sit out for a few minutes. This will allow the thin layer of ice to soften and provide the needed moisture for the Designer Prints™ to adhere to the side of the cake.

Designer Prints™ designs can, on contact with frozen ice cream, freeze and become brittle; do not attempt to remove, adjust or pat down large bubbles or the print may crack.

When using pre-made cake blanks:

The sides of the cake may bulge or be bowed for optimal results, allow the cake to sit out for a few minutes to soften slightly, then use a cake comb to straighten the sides. Apply Designer Prints™ designs as usual.

The cake may be shorter than the height of the Designer Prints™ designs; for optimal results, measure the height of your cake before applying prints. If the cake is shorter than the print, use scissors or an X-Acto™ knife to trim. 

   
 

Cutting Tips

Edible Designer Prints™ range from 10” to 10.5” in length. You can buy pre-printed Designer Prints™ strips or Print On-Demand strips, or you may simply cut full Edible Image® design sheets into thirds, quarters, etc. 

    
     
   

For Best Results

Use an X-Acto™ knife to trim the white edges from the long ends of each designer strip before applying the Designer Prints™ to the cake.

Return all images to the re-sealable bag as soon as they are no longer needed.

Measure and cut the last strip while it is still attached to the backing strip to avoid waste.

Use an X-Acto™ knife to trim the last strip from the bottom up after applying to the cake to avoid tearing.

When building tiered cakes, assemble them completely before beginning to apply designs.

   
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We decorated two identical tiered cakes: one with fondant and one with Designer Prints™. This comparison was done by a skilled decorator, so keep in mind your exact times depend on decorator’s skill level, availability of cutters, fondant mat and patience.

   

First, the cake with Designer Prints™:

1.    Mix black fondant color for 10 minutes, and allow to rest overnight.
2.    The next day, make various sized fondant balls of black and white. Using Pearl Shimmer Airbrush Color, airbrush the white balls and allow to dry (5 minutes).
3.    Ice and assemble your cake (20 minutes).
4.    Trim the edges on Lucks Classic Diamonds Designer Prints™ (30 seconds) and apply them to the 10” square tier.
5.    Apply Lucks Mod Dots Designer Prints™ to the 8" round tier.
6.    Apply Lucks Classic Checks Designer Prints™ to the 4" square tier. (Decorating with Designer Prints™ should take 10 minutes.)
7.    Finish with fondant on bottom edges, top edge and corners, and add ball decorations (15 minutes).

Approximately 1 hour total

   

Next, the same cake without Designer Prints:

1.    Mix black fondant color for 10 minutes, and allow to rest overnight.
2.    The next day, make various sized fondant balls of black and white. Using Pearl Shimmer Airbrush Color, airbrush the white balls and allow to dry (5 minutes).
3.    Ice and assemble your cake (20 minutes).
4.    Roll and cut shapes of fondant diamonds and apply to bottom tier (30 minutes).
5.    Roll and cut shapes of circles and apply to middle tier (30 minutes).
6.    Roll and cut shapes of small squares and apply to top tier (30 minutes).
7.    Finish with fondant on bottom edges, top edge and corners, and add ball decorations (15 minutes).

Almost 2.5 hours total, plus the added challenge of cutting out uniform delicate patterns by hand.