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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.