Help, Edible Image Bubbled! What Happened?

Decorating By cuchenscm0109 Updated 21 Nov 2014 , 7:23pm by cupadeecakes

cuchenscm0109 Posted 1 Jun 2009 , 3:27am
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I did 2 graduation cakes with the edible images and right before I delivered them, one of the images started to bubble and lifted the icing up off the cake. The customer didn't seem to mind, but I was SO embarrassed! Has this ever happened to anyone? Was it too hot or humid?

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renee2007 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 1:59pm
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one time when I done an edible image, I had a bunch of tiny bumps(bubbles) all over the image. this image happened to be a pic of my son in his boy scout uniform and it was for his blue and gold banquet. it looked like it had chicken pox icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif after some searching on this site I came to the conclusion that I didn't smooth out the air bubbles from underneath the image. I've done other images with no problem so I'm not sure if thats what it was. hth icon_smile.gif

live2create Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:05pm
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Most of the time the bubbles come from not smoothing down the image after you lay it on the cake. After laying the image on the cake I work from the center out, small circles then when I feel I have done a good job I go back and smooth the sides down on the image. Works Great Good luck

PhotoFrost Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:02pm
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Exactly right live2create, the bubbles 99% of the time come from not smoothing the EI enough on the frosting and your technique for smoothing the EI out is spot on perfect.

cuchenscm0109 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 7:56pm
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Thanks everyone. I will definetly smooth it better next time. I guess I got in too big of a hurry. Should I use a fondant smoother to do the job? I used my fingers to smooth them and that was just making a mess of my hands.

live2create Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 9:19pm
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I always us my fingers, and I always make sure they are clean and DRY. if you have damp hands your asking for trouble. As you do more images you will learn the pressure that is needed. I really don't think I would use a fondant roller, when I use my fingers I can feel the areas that need some work, not sure you would be able to feel that with the fondant roller. Once the image starts to feel damp stop working with it, that is when you are looking at some real trouble. If you find you still have some small bubble I will take a very fine pin and poke the bubble and work the air out of it. Best of luck

joknee Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 9:26pm
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Can edible images be put on fondant?

bmarlow001 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 9:48pm
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This might be a silly question but, how do you get an edible image? I have seen them on a lot of cakes on CC and would really like to try one but dont know how to get one.

mrscromer Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 9:58pm
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I have put edible images on fondant all the time. Just add a little piping get to the back and set it on the fondant with a little pressure of course. But be careful not to get it on your fingers, you might get it on the front of the image like I have done a couple of times. icon_biggrin.gif

live2create Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 10:09pm
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bmarlow001, I make my own images, I have a printer on my computer that has food coloring ink I use Photofrost edible paper, I love the ability to make my own edible images, I can scan graduation pictures into my computer and print on the frosting sheets. I also use it for doing monograming the printing is done in like a word program or what ever. I send the job to my printer and wahla, you are a professional
Look up Photofrost.com it has info on the image paper and printers or call them they are great help Good luck

joknee Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:43am
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Thank you!!!

tonedna Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:51am
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I have to add something here...I understand the part of not making sure that the edible image is completely smooth. But we had issues once and it wasnt the fact that the image was not smooth, it was the fact that we bought the edible paper from another company.
Just something to keep in mind..
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blondeez Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:51am
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one of the images started to bubble and lifted the icing up off the cake.

Did you have the EI on fondant or was the EI put on the cake. Why I am asking is that if the EI bubbled and lifted the icing then it sounds like you had a bubble in the BC not the EI. You could have put a small pin hole in it and flattened it back down.

tonedna Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 1:39am
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Originally Posted by blondeez

one of the images started to bubble and lifted the icing up off the cake.

Did you have the EI on fondant or was the EI put on the cake. Why I am asking is that if the EI bubbled and lifted the icing then it sounds like you had a bubble in the BC not the EI. You could have put a small pin hole in it and flattened it back down.




Good point Sherlock! detective.gif
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cuchenscm0109 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 2:18am
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OMG Blondeez! I bet that is what happened. I never thought of that! Thank you so much.

katta87_2005 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 2:16pm
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At work we use a lot of EI, we only do buttercream and whipped icing. I always have a ton of trouble with bubbles. No matter how smooth I make the EI, by the time the customer comes to pick up the cake it generally has bubbled or wrinkled. I've come to the conclusion that its just the icing and when you move the cake the icing moves but the EI doesnt thus forming bubbles and wrinkles. I only work at walmart so I don't really worry about it (you get what you pay for) but it is aggrevating.

Yashira4u Posted 21 Nov 2014 , 4:38pm
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AThis happens to me all the time no matter how smooth my cake is. But I notice that it happens more when I put the cake in the refrigerator. I don't have this problem when I put an EI on a cookie or fondon't. Anyone knows how to fix this

cupadeecakes Posted 21 Nov 2014 , 7:23pm
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We almost always put our EI on a fondant/gumpaste/mod chocolate piece.  They always behave better and I think they look better too.  We just use the tiniest bit of shortening to adhere the image to the gumpaste.  When you then cut the piece to fir the image, you would never know it's there.

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