Wafer Cool: How to Use Wafer Paper in Cake Decorating

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Cake Decorating | Comments


If you’ve ever seen cakes decorated with wafer paper flowers, you know that this delicate medium is an impressive cake decorating tool. But what is wafer paper, also known as rice paper, exactly? And how do you use wafer paper to create beautiful cakes?

Here, we’ll introduce you to wafer paper with a brief introduction to its properties, and then we’ll illustrate it with several suggestions for how to utilize this fascinating and invaluable cake decorating tool.

Four Variations of Wafer Paper Flowers

Rice paper flowers via Craftsy member BirgitL

What is wafer paper?

Wafer paper is, simply put, delicate sheets of edible paper, typically rice-based, which are safe for consumption, imparting little flavor to the cake. Wafer paper can be manipulated in a number of ways, making it a versatile medium in creating a number of different cake decorating designs.

You can master the art of wafer paper with the Craftsy course Delicate Wafer-Paper Cakes. Along with instructor Stevi Auble, an innovator of the technique and owner of Hey, There Cupcake, a boutique bakery in San Diego, you’ll be taken on an edible art journey, and will discover the fanciful world of wafer paper, learning several methods of creating decorated cake elements

To inspire you, here’s a brief review of some of the wonderful ways you can get creative and crafty with wafer paper.

1. Die cutting

Using decorative paper punches, you can create elegant cutout designs that can be applied to an entire tier for a stunning lattice effect.

Cake Decorated with Wafer Paper Flowers

Wafer paper overlay cake via Craftsy member Tamataartje

The die-cut designs you choose can be simple or complex, and can be used as motifs or as an all-over covering. This cake features an overlay with a geometric design, which makes for a thoroughly modern wedding cake.

White & Gold Cake with Paper Flowers - Craftsy.com

Metallic overlay cake via Craftsy instructor Stevi Auble

You can take the die-cut effect one step further by incorporating metallics. Layering gold leaf or silver leaf with wafer paper will help it hold its shape, and the finished product will absolutely dazzle.

2. Flowers and greenery

Use your wafer paper to create lovely bouquets of flowers and greenery.

Rolled Wafer Paper Roses on a Two-Tier Cake

Rolled rose cake via Craftsy member Cakes by Jantine

Starting with a freehand cut strip of wafer paper, you can roll it just so to create exquisite blossoms of just about any size. Rolled roses look fantastic when placed in clusters on a finished cake.

Wafer Paper Flowers - Craftsy Member Project

Rice paper flowers via Craftsy member TammyJapan

Why stop at roses? Using templates, you can also trace, cut, form and attach petals to create cheerful blossoms held together with piping gel. While you’re at it, you can create complements, such as greenery or simple, dimensional butterfly cutouts.

3. Decoupage techniques

Turn your cake into a collage with decoupage techniques. In Delicate Wafer-Paper Cakes, instructor Stevi leads an in-depth discussion on how to mix and match patterns for use in decoupage and how to print colors and patterns onto your wafer paper. Then, she shows you how to attach the paper onto the cake for an enchanting effect.

Decoupage Wafer Paper Cake - www.craftsy.com

Decoupage cake via Craftsy member loopyscak2946481

Shabby-chic meets pretty in pink with this cake, made using printed sheets of wafer paper. As you can see, different methods of working with wafer paper can be combined — the decoupage look is carried over on the dimensional flowers on the top of the cake.

 

Wafer Paper Rose and Collage Cake

Wafer paper rose and collage cake via Craftsy member Vagabond Baker

Rolled roses are beautifully complemented by a decoupage bottom tier on this lovely cake, featuring a collage-style assemblage of printed motifs. Die-cut branches round out the effect, balancing the dimension with the flat aspects of the cake.

Do you have any tips for using wafer paper in cake decorating?