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Anime Cake Tutorial by pirateking42 Anime Cake Tutorial by pirateking42

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 don’t 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. It’s 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
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HellRaisingWolfKat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Haha! I know what Imma practice for my bday in September!!!! XD This looks so cool and my mom used to make wedding cakes and stuff at Sea World in FL, USA. ^.^ Imma ask her for help and try this! This is awesome! But instead of pictures, could I link a video? :3 I'm thinking that video-ing would be easier for me and I can just link my channel. But I'll probably post pics anyway. -ranting now, so sorry-
But thank you so much for this tutorial!!!!
Iloveallanimals777 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Thx so much for the tutoral! I made a fairy tail cake using this and it looks yummy!~~ Now, im all fired up to do another one!! smill - Natsu 1
pirateking42 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
That is so awesome! :highfive: I'd love to see pics!
Iloveallanimals777 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I'll try my best to post it asap
Skittyluva Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shiro-chan-Tard96 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Where do you get rice paper? ;o
pirateking42 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
You may find it at your local craft store. Mine doesn't carry it anymore - So I got a pack online from [link]
CynthiaV33 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
do you eat the rice paper??
pirateking42 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Yep! It's edible. Doesn't really have any flavor to it.
CynthiaV33 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
thats so awesome! you should do a darker than black or d gray man cake that would be super badass :D
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