1. Do I need a source image?
No, you can draw anything you want directly onto the rice paper. If you were going to do that, I would just skip the rice paper and draw directly onto the cake with icing.
2. Can I make an image that is bigger than one sheet of paper?
Yes! You will just need one piece of rice paper per sheet of paper. My Spike cake was 4 sheets big (2 sheets X 2 sheets). Then line them up on the cake and continue like normal.
3. What is rice paper/wafer paper and where can I get it?
Wafer Paper also called Rice Paper is an edible starch based confection that can be airbrushed or easily cut into desired shapes. It is slightly flexible, but is not designed for printer use. (Source [link]
Where to get it is a harder question to answer. In my area (PA, USA) they don't have it at the big chain stores (like Joann Fabric/Michael's Craft).
The store I used to get it from, is no longer is carrying it.
Check your phone book for something that has cake/bakery/candy supplies, and ask around.
You can also get it online. I recently, ordered a bundle from Country Kitchen SweetArt. Wafer Paper-Rectangle-8 x 11"
100 pages for $15.80. It came within a week and was shrink wrapped with an expiration date.
When you do find it; buy a bundle. It store it in a dry place. I keep it in a ziplock bag. Then you don't have to run around, and find it again for each cake.
4. Help! My people are PINK! How do you make such a nice flesh tones?
I use Wilton (concentrated gel) Ivory Icing Color. Start out with just a tiny dab the tip of a toothpick in white icing, and see if you need to work in a little more. Since it is concentrated, work in a tiny bit at a time.
5. My red keeps ending up PINK?!?
I hate making Red and Black icing. If you only need a small amount of Red (<2 inches), Mix a small amount of white icing (1-3 tsp) with red food coloring. It will still take a lot of food coloring, but add it slowly you dont want the icing to get watery. If I need more than 2 inches of red, I just buy the prepared stuff in the tubes.
I also buy all my Black icing in tubes. Its easier than ending up with a discolored off brown mess from mixing it myself. HAHA.
I find the tube icing is easier to work with if it is a little warmer than room temperature. I keep it in my pocket for a while before I need it.
NOTE: Even though the red and black are already in neat little tubes, I always transfer the icing to a ziploc bag to work.
6. Does my background have to be white?
No, You can make it any color you want, I just find that white provides a nice contrast to the colors of my image. Bear in mind, if you do a darker colored background and the image contains a lot of white, the dark background may show though.
Remember Icing can cover Icing, if you mess up something, just color over it again with the correct color!
I would also like to point out that you will most likely be consuming this artwork later, so keeping your area and hands clean should be pretty obvious.
This is my first tutorial, so please tell me if I missed anything or there are typos, etc...
Any questions or comments not addressed in the tutorial or FAQ, please feel free to ask!
I know my anime cakes will loose some of their magic when everyone realizes how easy they are to make, but it is worth it to see the awesome cakes that will be made by others.
If you use my tutorial, I would love to see your cake! Send me a link or note.
.... and it was Delicious
Frau Cake: [link]
Frau 07-Ghost © Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara