How to Decorate a Child's Birthday Cake with an Edible Photograph
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Add a special touch to your little one's birthday cake with an edible photograph.

Planning your little one’s birthday party is no easy task. You have to pick a theme, find invitations and decorations, and plan games. Then, there’s the cake. It has to be perfect -- even though little munchkins will soon devour it. One option for the cake is to use an edible photograph. Whether it’s a photograph of your little one, her favorite character or sports team, decorating the cake with one is easier than you think.


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    Pick the image you want to use for your edible photograph. You might choose an image that fits the theme of the birthday, a sports team or an actual picture of your child.
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    Choose a service to print your image. Many online bakeries offer edible photographs, but you can also check with your local baker. Another option is to buy a special printer, frosting sheets and edible ink and print your own from home.
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    Store your edible photograph according to the directions once you receive the sheet. Most are stored at room temperature in their sealed bag, but some require refrigeration.
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    Prepare and frost the cake. Keep the frosting smooth and flat to ensure the frosting sheet goes on evenly. Buttercream, fondant or store-bought frosting work best with edible photographs. Whipped cream or other non-dairy frostings may cause the photograph ink to bleed or fade.
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    Wash and dry your hands before handling the image.
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    Remove the image from the bag when you are ready to use it. If necessary, cut the image to fit the cake as soon as you remove it.
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    Spray or brush a thin layer of water on the frosting if it’s formed a crust. If your frosting is still moist, do not add any water. If you add too much, it will cause the ink to bleed.
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    Roll the frosting sheet, photograph side up, on the edge of the counter or a table to release the photograph from the backing. If the photograph sheet resists separation, put it in the freezer for a few minutes and then try again.
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    Hold the ends of the sheet and set the middle down where you want it on the cake. Slowly set the edges down.
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    Pat out any bubbles in the image, but don’t rub the image.
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    Finish decorating your masterpiece and prepare for the rest of the birthday party. Keep in mind, if the decorated cake is stored for a while, the colors on the edible photograph will fade.

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