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Perhaps you’ve already read my blog on how to get a simple drawing transferred to your cake. ?If your’e doing something with minimal detail, or you feel like you’ve got a good artistic eye that only needs some minor guidance, check out that blog. ?But if you’re doing something with greater detail and need a bit stronger of a crutch, this is the blog for you.

Last year, for my son’s second birthday, I wanted to make him a Toy Story cake. ?This was my first attempt at putting a detailed design on a cake, so I was a bit nervous. ?But after some research, and grabbing the right tools, I ended up having much success.

First, what you need is a clear image that’s the exact size and a mirror image of what you want it to be on the cake. ?In my case, I used a picture out of a coloring book. ?Coloring books are great because since the image is black and white, it is very straight forward and easy to trace. ?Now, my coloring book image wasn’t as large as I wanted it, so I scanned it into the computer, enlarged it, and printed. ?This is what I was working from in the end.

 

Next, pick up some clear piping gel. ?You can find this at your local craft stores such as JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby.

Separate out a portion of the piping gel that you think you would need to outline your entire image with. ?Now, dye it blue. ?I pick blue because it’s a bold enough color that it shouldn’t take too much of your food coloring to get it dark enough to see. ?Just don’t leave it clear, or you will not be able to see it when it is transferred on top of the white icing!

Next, put it in your piping bag with the #1 or #3 wilton icing tip. ?It’s really your choice on which one you prefer. ?The #1 will allow for more detail, but will be harder to see on the cake. ?If your image allows, use the #3 so you have the best visibility. ?Now, pipe your blue piping gel directly?on the paper.

After you finish piping all the details on the paper, very carefully, flip the paper over onto the cake. ?Apply a?small amount of pressure to the paper so that the piping gel transfers to the icing, but not enough that it squishes it and causes the image to be blurry. ?After you’re confident that every area of the image has made contact with the cake, slowly remove the paper and set it aside. ?Your cake should now look like this.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the piping gel didn’t transfer 100% in all the small details. ?For any of those areas, I referenced the original image and used a toothpick to essentially connect the dots. ?At this point, you’re ready to fill your piping bag with black icing and trace every line with it. ?You’ll be covering up anything that is blue or has been drawn with your toothpick and it should come out looking like this.

Now, color it in, touch up any black outlines you smudge along the way, add a border and some writing and you’re done!