Designs made with edible ink can either be preprinted or created with an edible printer, a specialty device which transfers an image onto a thing called as edible paper. Edible Paper, also known as icing sheet or frosting sheet is ideal for food decoration. Edible paper is made of starches and sugars and printed with edible food colors. The edible ink papers are backed with plastic so they can smoothly slide through your edible ink canon printer in the same way as normal paper does.
Edible sheets on the other hand, are edible and non-toxic so you can eat them with your food. The manufacturing of edible inks is regulated by the FDA, and so they are generally safe. It makes your edible printing work easy and quick by simply getting your image on them using edible ink and printer. You just have to place the edible paper within your printer like normal paper and enjoy with food decoration.
Types Of Sheets Available In The Market:
1. Cheese Sheets: One of the most exciting edible sheets are these cheese sheets which can be used for savory foods such as pizza, pasta, lasagnas, on top of real cheese, hamburgers, sandwiches, breads, crackers and any other food which requires a parmesan cheese flavor edible label. They are produced with no known allergens and are gluten free, soy free, trans-fat free with no peanut products added.
2. Frosting Sheets: These are made from fondant, especially blended and pressed into thin sheets that feed through a edible ink canon printer like a sheet of photo paper. Also known as Icing Sheets, these sheets can be applied to all kinds of frostings especially buttercream but not directly unless you put buttercream first behind the frosting sheets. It should be applied onto very high moisture bases like fresh cream or whipped cream.
3. Wafer Sheets: Also known as wafer paper, these are low cost edible print papers and perfect for applying to marzipan. It should be applied to dry frostings with marzipan, chocolate, or sugar paste. Do not put on any high moisture based frosting such as fresh cream or buttercream while using it. Slightly dampen the coating with water before adding the wafer paper.