Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cake Decorating: Coloring Page Transfer Tutorial



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If you have ever bought a cake from a bakery you know how expensive it can be and you have to choose from one of the bakery's designs because they either don't have permission to make certain characters or don't carry the decorating package for that specific theme. To get the theme you want for your child's Birthday you either have to find a person that makes fancy fondant or buttercream cakes and charges a ton of money for a small cake or you have to Do It Yourself.

I have made quite a few cakes in my lifetime, I even use to make my own Birthday Cakes just for fun. To save money I have started making my own children's Birthday cakes. My daughter isn't old enough to have a favorite charter so her cakes have been a little more simple for now but I have made a couple theme/character cakes for my husband's co-workers. They aren't the fanciest cakes but the kids seem to love them because they have what they asked for on them and thats all that matters.

The Coloring Page Transfer Cakes are fun and your children will love them. You can make any design you want to make from your child's favorite cartoon character to their favorite sports team. You can use a coloring book page, draw your own picture, or design your own picture using different pictures you find on the internet. The Coloring Page Transfer Cakes can be very time consuming though depending on what design you choose so make sure you have around three hours set aside to make your cake.

Coloring Page Transfer Tutorial

Supplies:


  • Image - Coloring page, drawing, or design
  • Wax Paper
  • Tape - I use masking tape because it comes off easier
  • Glass - I use the glass from a Dollar Tree 8x10 Frame
  • Piping Bags, Ziploc Bags or Storage Bags - I use small food storage bags
  • Piping Tips
  • Food Coloring
  • Tub Icing or Homemade Icing
  • Mixer, bowls, and spoons

Directions:

Step 2: Layer the Image, Glass, and Wax Paper

1. Print off or draw the image you want to use. Make sure to reverse your image before you print it off. The image will be mirrored because you are tracing it on the glass and flipping it so reversing the image is important especially if you are using a logo or words.

2. Trim and Tape your image to the back side of the glass. Cover the glass with wax paper and secure with tape. It should be layered with your image, then glass, then wax paper.


3. Whip your icing using a mixer until it is smooth, this helps make it easier to work with. Divide the icing into bowls depending on what color and how much of that color you need. Add food coloring and mix till you get the colors you need. Put the piping tips on and fill your piping bags with icing.

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Step 4: Outline the image
NOTE: If you are using a Ziploc or Storage bag, cut a small hole in the corner and add the piping tip. If you do not have piping tips you can cut a super tiny hole in the corner. It will still work but may come out faster than it would using a piping tip.

4. Start outlining your image with a dark color icing. Make sure to use the smallest tip you have (#1 piping tip). This will be what you see when you flip it onto the cake so make sure you outline everything you want to see.


5. Fill in the rest of the image with the icing colors that you want. It's kind of like coloring with icing!  Be careful when covering the outline not to push your tip down and mess it up. You can use any piping tip you prefer, it's sometimes easier to fill in big areas using a bigger piping tip.

NOTE: Hold your image up to the light to make sure you filled in everything. If you can see light shining through add a little more icing or use a toothpick to push the icing together.

6. Once you have finished "coloring" your image with the icing, add another layer of icing. You will not see this layer so you can use any color you have extra of. This will thicken your image, giving it more height from the cake. It will also help combine your whole image, making it easier to peel from the wax paper without breaking.

Step 5 & 6: Filling in the image
7. Place your icing image on the glass in the freezer. I leave it in the freezer overnight but it should only take about 20 minutes. You know the icing has been in the freezer long enough when it hardens.

While your icing is in the freezer you can go ahead and ice your cake if you haven't already or clean up the mess you probably made.

8. Take the icing image out of the freezer, un-tape it from the glass and flip it onto your cake. Gently push the image down so it sticks to the cake and peel back the wax paper. Make sure to remove the wax paper as quick as you can before the icing begins to soften or it will stick to the wax paper and ruin your image. I have had to use a small kitchen knife to help carefully remove the icing when it has stuck to the wax paper.

9. Finish decorating your cake by adding a border and piping on a message. Ta-da you are done and your kids will love it!!!

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Hotel Transylvania Cake

This cake tutorial is for a Hotel Transylavania cake. The little girl I made the cake for wanted a cake with Mavis and the hotel on it and this is what I came up with. This image was more simple than some of the other Coloring Page Transfer Cakes I've made because it only consisted of four colors. The more detail and colors, the harder and longer the cake design will take. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and Happy Baking!

Below is the first Coloring Page Transfer Cake I made. The image turn out great but the words are a different story. The boy I made it for and his family loved it so much they asked me to make another cake for them though!

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