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Wafer Cool: How to Use Wafer Paper in Cake Decorating

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 -

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.

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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?


Peg Yoder

Is the printed wafer leaflet edible?


Yep. The printer uses edible colors.
I would not call them edible though. Not toxic, more like it. Who wants to eat a load of Yellow 5 and Blue 40 😀

Adesanya Adenike

This are in did beautiful and really innovative. will like to enrol for your training and also order for or know how to get the stuffs. Thank you.


where can i purchase colored wafer sheets?

Jeri Lee Heath

I’m just starting out and can’t wait to work with wafer paper and sugar paste.


Where can you purchase one of these wafer copiers/ machines?


I done a similar decoupage effect using some edible wafer paper vintage prints i got online, I just stuck them around the side of my badly iced cake haha, they were lovely though little vintage floral patterns


Oh sorry that was meant for cookie, I used and got the little floral vintage edible wafer paper, then just ripped little bits off and stuck them on, or they are pre cut circular for you and you can make the little flowers instead of cutting out a million circles


Could you plz gv me contact addresses/ph nos of places from where i can buy ready printed edible wafer sheets mostly wth floral vintage prints. I prefer to keep a stock of asstd prints ready for use. Thx.


Can the edible ink printer write letters?

Faiza zafar

Is this paper brittle (breaks easily)and therefore difficult to handle?


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