How to Apply Wafer Paper to Fondant
Wafer paper is an essential tool for finishing fondant cakes. It has the ability to create stunning effects with little effort, allowing you to transform a basic cake into something extraordinary. From adding texture or dimension to creating beautiful sugar flowers and delicate designs, wafer paper can be used on just about every part of your cake. So how do you apply it?
Many ways work well, but we will share one of our favorite techniques in this post on how to apply wafer paper to fondant. Here’s how it works first, brush some water onto the surface of your cake (this will help make sure it sticks), then put pieces of wafer paper over the area where they need to go and gently press down with your fingers.
Next, take a paintbrush and dab it into some water. Then gently rub over the wafer paper to seal it onto the fondant. Continue reading this blog post to know more about these techniques.
What Is Wafer Paper?
Wafer paper is a delicate but stiff paper that looks similar to rice paper. It’s made from potato starch and vegetable oil. Because it’s edible, wafer paper can be used in many different ways in the kitchen.
In baking, wafer paper can be used to substitute for leaves or petals of real vegetables or flowers. For example, it is often used to make rose biscuits because the wafer paper provides stiffness and support without interfering with taste.
When Is Wafer Paper Used?
You can use wafer paper to make your own decorations for cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. You can also use it as decorations on top of ice cream or other desserts like fruit tarts. For sugar cookies decorated with icing, you first need to dry the icing completely before adding the wafer paper decoration.
This is because the moisture in icing can make wafer paper soggy. Wafer paper can be used to create shapes, letters, banners, and other decorations on your baked goods. The possibilities are endless!
- Plain Wafer Paper
- Water-based paintbrush
- Tylose Powder/Sugar Mix
- Dustless powder or cornstarch.
Instructions: How to Apply Wafer Paper to Fondant
Gather supplies needed for this tutorial, as mentioned above. You can find wafer paper in most cake supply stores online, or you can sometimes find them at your local craft store. Otherwise, a few places sell them on Etsy if you’d like to purchase from somewhere that way.
Measure out enough wafer paper to cover the surface you want to place it on. I recommend 10 inches by 10 inches, but if you find smaller sheets, you can also use those.
With scissors, carefully cut out the wafer paper so that the image is revealed underneath. Scissors are definitely not recommended for intricate images if you have never worked with wafer paper before, so you may want to use an X-acto knife for this.
Next, take the water-based paintbrush and moisten the entire back of the wafer paper. You can slightly overlap any sides to get enough coverage on all sides when applying it to your fondant.
Dump the tylose powder/sugar mix into a container, and then take your brush and dip it into the powder. The idea of using a more sugar-based product instead of water is to help prevent any warping that may happen on an exposed fondant surface later on.
The only problem with this method of adding the powder is that it will clump up, but you can always use a clean paintbrush to brush away any excess from the piece.
With the moistened surface facing up, carefully move your hand underneath and apply enough pressure to ensure that all of the powder sticks to where you want it. Don’t worry if it has a few wrinkles; you can move the wrinkles around to an area where they won’t be noticeable later.
Let dry for at least 12 hours, and then carefully cut away any excess wafer paper from around the piece. Please note that this step is crucial if you do not want your design to wrinkle up when adding it to your fondant.
Finally, take the dustless powder or cornstarch and brush over the wafer paper area you want to place onto your fondant. If there are any gaps around your design, add more tylose powder/sugar mix before brushing off any excess from the back of the paper.
Wafer Paper vs. Rice Paper
Wafer paper is thicker than traditional rice paper, but they are similar enough in composition that one can be substituted for the other. Rice paper is identical to wafer paper, except it is dyed using food coloring. Whether you use wafer or rice, they are both made with potato starch and tapioca flour.
Both of these papers have a very distinct taste that will not be covered up by fondant or other types of sugar work. That being said, these papers are made to release easily from the sugar it is applied to, so there should never be an issue with any paper taste in your final product.
How to Use Wafer Paper in Baking?
To use wafers paper in baking, cut the sheet into shapes similar to the ones you would normally make with real leaves or petals. For example, if you’re making roses for a cake, place the wafer paper against a flat table and use a rolling pin to roll over the paper.
Continue this process until the wafer paper has flattened and is cut into a rose shape. Next, glue the flat petals to fondant using egg whites or water as an adhesive.
You can also use scissors to curl, cut, or otherwise manipulate shapes from wafers paper before you attach them to cake icing or candy clay. When applying wafer paper to fondant, try using egg whites as glue.
Beat the egg white with a little bit of water and brush it over the backside of the wafers’ paper shapes. Apply this mixture to your cake or candy project by gently pressing the petals down, so they adhere without any wrinkles.
Wafer paper is a simple and cost-effective way to add patterned designs to fondant or buttercream. It can be applied with any of the following methods, so experiment until you find one that feels most comfortable to use. If you are unsure where to purchase wafer paper, try your local grocery store in the baking section near other cake decorating materials.
Plus, it’s inexpensive! For more information about how to apply wafer paper to fondant or buttercream icing, please follow these blog posts above for step-by-step instructions on applying them using different methods. We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful! Now get out there and start experimenting with these awesome tips today!
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