Photo Wedding Cake Question

Decorating By AZCowgirl Updated 8 Nov 2014 , 10:48pm by bubs1stbirthday

AZCowgirl Posted 5 Nov 2014 , 3:20am
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I have a question that I hope somebody can help me with.  I will be making my niece's wedding cake in December and she wants a photo wedding cake.  However she recently she found out that she has a red dye allergy, so she is afraid that the red color used in the ink might cause an allergic reaction.  Has anyone here ever done a photo cake and if so, can I use either wax paper or parchment paper around the cake and then add the photo paper on top of the wax/parchment paper?  Thanks!  Janice  :)

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reginaherrin Posted 5 Nov 2014 , 3:41am
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Can you do the photo in black and white?  That way there is no red dye used?  I am not totally sure on the parchment/wax paper but I would say it wouldn't work because it would stick to the cake and just make it super hard to get off.  The only other thing I can think of it to put in on fondant or even gumpaste piece so that she can easily peel it off without having to eat it. 

johnson6ofus Posted 5 Nov 2014 , 3:43am
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Originally Posted by reginaherrin 

put in on fondant or even gumpaste piece so that she can easily peel it off without having to eat it. 

This makes the most sense, and is easy enough to do without dealing with the whole allergy issue. She gets the cake designs she wants and avoids allergy issues as well.

AZCowgirl Posted 5 Nov 2014 , 3:58am
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Thank you so much for your reply's!  I don't know why I didn't think of using fondant, but that would definitely work.  My niece will be so happy to hear that she can move forward with the cake that she wants!  Thanks again!  :)

AZCowgirl Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 7:49pm
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After thinking about this more, is there any way the fondant can be taken off before serving the cake?  My niece, she really doesn't like fondant, and I am afraid the buttercream frosting will come off with the fondant if we take it off before serving.  Thoughts?

reginaherrin Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 7:55pm
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Of course you can take it off before serving and of course some of the buttercream will come off.  If she hates fondant but wants photos on her cake but has a red dye allergy there has to be some kind of give on her part.  There is just so much you can do to accommodate certain things.  I tell all my customers that if you don't like the fondant just peel it off and there is buttercream underneath and it has never been a problem with any of customers.   

Dayti Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 7:56pm
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AIf you back each photo onto a piece of fondant the same size, there will still be lots of buttercream left where there are no photos glued on. Hard to say whether the fondant would pull up the buttercream, it depends on the recipe and the way the photo/fondant was applied.

FlRugbyChick Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 7:58pm
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AWould it work to make the whole cake with buttercream then apply the photos to small fondant pieces and adhere those to the cake?

AZCowgirl Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 8:02pm
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I am going to see if she will do black/white instead of color on the photo paper.  If we can do away with the fondant all together, it will keep the cost down as well.  I'll post back after I hear from her.  :)

Dayti Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 10:31pm
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AYou just need to make sure that no red dye is picked up when printing black and white. My printer has 4 colour cartridges and I am not sure it doesn't use red when printing black. Maybe the lady who posts on here from Icing Images will see this and confirm if black and white printing really does just use the black cartridge. Sounds a bit dumb but better safe than sorry.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 8 Nov 2014 , 10:48pm
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Could you just make sure that there is a section of the cake that has no photo's on it - if you stagger the photo's etc. Generally the bride and groom are served first so just ensure that someone is responsible for telling/reminding the catering staff at the time of cake cutting that the cake with no photo's on it is to be cut first and that it is to go to the bride and groom.

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