I'm making a cake for my 11 year old nieces bday this weekend and I'm attaching the cake that I am sort of using as inspiration for hers. I had icing sheets made of superheroes basically like this that I will be placing on the top and bottom tiers as shown. Thing is, this is all new for me these sheets! I have them here, they looks pretty good but I have questions about using them. So I use a sort of non-crusting buttercream, although it sort of gets hard enough for me to work with like I like it in the fridge after icing. It's an American buttercream thats half hi ratio / half butter if that helps. Anyway, in my everyday cake world, and I like to repeat what I know works, I ice and smooth the night before an event. I then place in fridge. Every time. And I take the cake out the day of, and deliver to venue. So, for my questions.. I'm trying to decide how best to use these sheets. The person I got them from on ETSY suggested I ice like normal and put in fridge if I want. And the day of, take out and let the cake get a little more room temp again for a while then just stick them on. She suggested I do this about 30-45 minutes before its to be seen at the party! This concerned me because I'm not sure is she saying it won't look good if I do it the night before? Does it bleed or go strange? Would it especially be a bad idea to do the sheets and put it in the fridge like I always do? I feel like I want to put the sheets on freshly butter creamed caked and allow to sort of adhere for a bit then put in the fridge like I always do.. But I need someone to tell me if thats a bad idea. This being my first time using these I don't know if its a good idea to apply 30 minutes before the party. I just need suggestions. I don't want the color to bleed or be strange, but I also want it to meld a little with my cake and look professional. Ideas?
Sorry you have not gotten a more timely reply - but there have been problmes w/the site. I have little experience w/frosting sheets - but some. I would follow her directions - put them on up to 1 hr. before. I would not do them ahead and put into the frig. It might wrinkle - don't think it will bleed. Hopefully my answer will bring your post up higher so it will be seen by other who have more experience w/frosting sheets.
Here is something I printed from the internet about frosting sheets. Hope this helps.
How To Apply Image To Cake
Icing Image Instructions
- Have a plain just-frosted cake ready. Do not apply any decorations before applying the image. Frosting should be butter cream, or common store-bought ready-to-spread frostings. For best results, use a white frosting where the images are to be placed.
- Frosting or icing should not be dry or have a skin.
- Remove Icing Image from bag and leave out in normal room conditions for about 15 minutes.
- Icing Image will peel away easily from backing paper. (If any difficulty, pull backing sheet over the sharp edge of a table, etc., and frosting sheet should come away from backing sheet or place image in the freezer for 15 seconds then peel).
- Lay PRINTED FROSTING SHEET on top of your cake by holding ends and applying middle first and then the ends. If any wrinkles, gently pat image to smooth out.
- Add border or edging of your choice to your cake.
- If you have not added text through the program, you may write on top of the image with frostings or jellies.
- Images do not need refrigeration.
- If your image will not remove from the backing, use a hair dryer and carefully blow hot air on the backing of the image for approximately one minute. This will dry the image out and allow it to easily peel away.
- Various frostings can be used, however, a very wet Whipped Cream or Non-Dairy Topping can cause the image to fade if left in the refrigerator.
- If cakes are frozen, it is best to thaw slightly before applying the Icing Image.
- You will note that the taste of the Icing Image is non-existent when cut and eaten with the slice of cake.
- If printing a round or shaped image, just cut with scissors before peel-off.
- DO NOT LEAVE IN DIRECT LIGHT OR SUNLIGHT. When storing, turn face down in a safe place where image will not get damaged.