Cake Topper Using Wafer Paper and Isomalt!!

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Kara Shall

Icing Images Ambassador

Hen and Chick Cakes

 

I am so excited to share with you today how to make these edible image binoculars in just a few easy steps! I was recently asked to make a birdwatching themed cake for a customer, and the first thing I thought of was, “Wouldn’t it be cool if the birthday boy could peek into the binoculars and see birds?” Thankfully, I had just recently ordered my brand new Icing Images $199 printer bundle, because I had the idea to make the lenses from Isomalt and printed wafer paper. YES, you can use printed wafer paper in isomalt, and it is so easy!

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I printed my bird images out and let them dry fully before touching them again. Using a round cutter, I traced around the images and cut them out to fit inside the binocular lenses. I knew I would be using a 2” lollipop mold, so I made my images almost (but not quite) 2” in diameter.

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Before I continued with the lenses, I mixed a bit of tylose into my fondant to help it dry faster and be more firm. I then rolled the fondant mixture out on a textured mat with some corn starch to keep it from sticking (I just used a clean, shelf liner mat that had an interesting texture that reminded me of the texture some binoculars have).

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My large fondant rolling pin happens to also be 2” in diameter (oh, happy day!), so cut my textured fondant pieces into 6” x 7” rectangles and wrapped those around the rolling pin, sealing the seams with a tiny bit of water and set it up to dry (you can see here that I used the arms of my mixer to prop up the rolling pin so that the binoculars would dry without flattening). These needed to be very firm, so I let them dry overnight.

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After melting my clear isomalt, I poured it carefully into two cavities of my 2” lollipop mold (be sure to use a heat-resistant mold like this one), covering the bottoms only, carefully setting my images (image side-up) on top of the melted isomalt and then finally finished filling each cavity with just enough isomalt to cover each image. I wanted the other end of the binoculars to have clear lenses with no images, so I also used the mold to make two clear isomalt circles. These take 10-20 minutes to dry, but it doesn’t hurt to leave them even longer just to be sure they completely harden before you pop them out of the molds.

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Once you have your hardened candy lenses and your fondant pieces are dry, use a small brush to wet the rim of each lens with water and carefully insert them into your hollow binoculars. If you use the 2” lollipop mold and a large fondant rolling pin (which is 2” at its widest), these should fit exactly. I then used a flat strip of fondant to wrap a rim around the lens and the binoculars, to add stability and to look like the adjustable ends of a pair of binoculars.

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I used my 3” and 2” circle cutters to add a round piece of fondant on top of the image to finish the edges, then let them dry before repeating this process with the clear lenses on the opposite sides.


I added some simple fondant details like knobs to finish off the binoculars.
The birthday boy was WOWED and loved that he could eat every bit of the topper!

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