Edible Image® Designs

WHAT ARE THEY?

Edible Image® designs are flat-printed edible designs that can be applied to cakes, cookies, ice cream cakes and other edible goods. Printed with stable food colors on a starch and sugar base, they are more resistant to fading than Print On-Demand technology. Edible Image® designs meld to the surface of your dessert by absorbing moisture from the food item. The design then becomes part of the icing, cutting easily with each slice and each bite. Plus, designs are freeze-thaw stable. Orthodox Union Kosher Certified.

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Edible Image® Elements

The same base as Edible Image® designs, elements are laser-cut into contoured pieces that can be separated and added to the top and sides of any size cake. Mix and match phrases and designs, use just a few or use them all on a cake!

APPLICATION TIPS

By Icing Type

American Buttercream

  • Apply Edible Image® design while icing is tacky.
  • If frosting crusts beforehand, mist lightly with water.

Cooked European Buttercream

  • If you have trouble with the image melding, mist frosting lightly with water.
  • Too high of a butter ratio in this icing can effect the Edible Image® designs ability to properly adhere to the dessert.

Nondairy/Dairy Whipped Topping

  • The moisture content of this topping is already perfect for adherence. No need to add any additional moisture or water.

Frozen Whipped Topping or Icing

  • Before applying your Edible Image® design to the cake surface, be sure ice crystals have fully melted.

Run Royal Icing

  • Allow icing to dry before attempting to apply Edible Image® design - the moisture content is too high for immediate application.
  • After 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 Edible Image® design immediately to fondant’s surface.

 

ADVANCED TROUBLESHOOTING

Tips for safely removing your Edible Image® design from the backing sheet:
Humid or moist conditions can cause the image to stick to the backing. If this happens try one or more of the following:

  • Roll the sheet (image side up) over a table edge to loosen the design.
  • Pop the image in the freezer for 15 to 30 seconds (some images may require more or less time) then try rolling the sheet on table edge again.
  • Use a Cricut™ brand spatula to carefully separate the image from the backing sheet.


Handling your Edible Image design when soft:
If high humidity or warm hands make the image too floppy to handle, try the following:

  • Use the backing sheet to transport and slide the image into place on the cake or treat, avoiding direct contact with warm hands.


Worried about smearing ink?
In humid conditions, the black ink may smear when applying image. To prevent this:

  • Use a piece of the backing sheet to smooth out the surface of a placed image, rather than your fingers.


To avoid running colors:
The moisture content of the product you are placing it on may be too high.

  • Do not add extra moisture to high-moisture products like non-dairy whipped toppings. Also consider the following:


Tips for application on frozen desserts:

  • If product is decorated and refrozen, make sure the packaging is vented to avoid ice buildup.
  • Thaw finished frozen decorated products slowly, preferably uncovered in the refrigerator, to avoid sweating and color run.
  • Monitor the freeze/thaw cycle of your freezer to avoid build-up of ice crystals on the frozen product.


Prevent image from drying out:
 This can happen if the storage bag is not resealed properly or if conditions are arid. If this happens, try one or more of the following:

  • Place a humidifier in the area where you are storing the images.
  • Place the bag in your proof box, open the bag to capture steam and reclose it.
  • Open the bag near hot running water, allow steam only to enter bag and then reclose the bag.
  • Place the single Edible Image® decoration in an airtight plastic container with a warm damp cloth, ensuring cloth does not touch image.


To prevent and remove bubbles in Edible Image® designs:

Bubbles can occur when the image is applied to over-whipped icing. As the bubbles of air rise to the surface of the icing, the image traps them and forms a bubble underneath.

  • Be sure not to over whip icing before applying to cake.
  • Gently tap the image down with fingertips; do NOT rub.

 

PROPER STORAGE

  • Store your finished product as normally required for food safe handling. Edible Image® decorations will not affect the shelf life of your finished product and are freezer, refrigerator and shelf-stable.
  • Store un-used Edible Image® designs in their original silver resealable bag in a cool, dark place and make sure the bag is completely sealed when you are done. If you are located in arid or humid temperatures, properly storing images is important for optimum application. 
  • If you have purchased Edible Image® designs from a vendor who has repackaged them in Ziploc bags, be aware these bags are not airtight. Try double-bagging them to prevent them from drying out. Lucks cannot guarantee quality of repacked Edible Image® designs.