How to Make Your Cake

In order to use one of our incredible edible photos you are going to need a cake to put it on. In our next series of blogs we’ll be taking you through the process of making your cake, covering it with sugarpaste and then adding the all-important photo cake decoration.

We’ll start with the ingredients to make a simple sponge cake:
400g Caster Sugar
400g Unsalted Butter (softened)
6 Large Eggs
400g Self Raising Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
4 tsp Milk (optional)

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Preparation for baking
Part 1: Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (190°C/375°F)

Part 2:
Line your cake tins.
Step 1: Place your tin on top of a sheet of greaseproof paper and draw around the base with a pen or pencil. (Image 1a)
Step 2: Cut out the circle that you’ve just drawn
Step 3: For the edges of your tin, you want to cut strips that are a couple of centimetres larger than the depth of your tin.
Step 4: Fold over the extra centimetres, and cut to the fold and do this every few centimetres. (Image 1b)
Step 5: Once you have enough length you want to lightly line the inside of the tin to help the greaseproof paper to stick to the tin.
Step 6: Put the long strips along the side of your tin, with the cut edges folded onto the bottom. (Image 1c)
Step 7: Place the greaseproof circle on to the bottom of your tin on top of your folded edge. (Image 1c)

Baking
Step 1: Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, cream together your sugar and butter until you have a light and fluffy mixture
Step 2: Adding just one egg at a time beat well until the mixture is smooth. (Image 2a)
Step 3: Sift in our flour and baking powder (this will help your cake rise) and carefully fold into the mixture. (Image 2b)
Step 4: Half your mixture into you two different tins and level the mixture out. (Image 2c)
Step 5: Put both of your cake tins into the oven and check them after 20 minutes
(The best way to check to see if your cakes are ready is to stick a skewer into the middle of each cake and see if it comes out clean. If there’s mixture on the skewer, they’re not ready!)
Step 6: Flip the cakes onto a cooling rack and peel off the greaseproof paper, leave them until they’re completely cool until you decorate them.

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Happy Baking!

Set Designs for Edible Images

We get many orders every day for our edible photos and there is a massive range of pictures that people require for their cake decorating, old school photos for the big 0’s, kids with their pets, family photos, holiday photos and many, many more.

We have, however, realised that there are common pictures that reoccur time and again, favourite kids characters like Peppa Pig, Ben 10, Spiderman, Batman, Disney Princesses, famous celebrities and popstars like One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Little Mix etc. so we have created some super designs for the customer to look through and select without having to source their own images.

Edible Photo Set Designs from Eat Your Photo

Edible Photo Set Designs from Eat Your Photo

Our graphic design team have also created some fantastic themed borders, so the customer can incorporate an image and text of their choice but with the benefit of having a favourite theme or decoration included in their personalised edible cake topper design. We hope this will help make the whole process of making your next photo cake that little bit easier.

Eat Your Photo have also created sets of popular images for cupcakes and some great themed border designs for edging strips (edible ribbon) so have a look through our designs and hopefully you’ll see the one that you want: www.eatyourphoto.co.uk/ediblephoto_setdesigns

But don’t forget, we are specialist in bespoke designs so if you can’t see a design that fits your needs do not hesitate to contact us info@eatyourphoto.co.uk and there is no doubt our in house graphics team will be able to help.

Edging Strips/Edible Ribbon

Here at Eat Your Photo we have recently added a new item to our edible photo range – the edging strip, which acts as a personalised edible ribbon. We have all seen cakes decorated with ribbons and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but imagine if you could decorate that ribbon with a design of your own or even have full colour photos printed onto it, then imagine if it were edible!

This is where Eat Your Photo come in with their range of predesigned or design yourself edging strips. We print any image that you desire from school photos to facebook images to company logos in long thin strips of edible icing sheet so that you can apply them to the sides of your cakes and make a cake that is out of this world. Your edging strips come in ten inch long strips so they are easy to handle and apply and your image will join seamlessly to create one continuous mural around your masterpiece.

Expand your cake designs into another dimension and add edible ribbon to your cake design repertoire. We have a range of set designs to choose from; for the kids we have popular favourites like Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly and Ben10; for the ladies we have floral patterns and for everyone we have candles, balloons, celebration wishes and seasonal images. Also there is the ever popular film strip which creates a very desirable cake design, showing images through a couples’ courtship for the wedding cake or a chronological set of photos for a big birthday like a 40th or 50th.

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Of course you are free to create your own artwork and we will produce your design with the same efficient service that we apply to all our products using the finest quality products. So visit our website www.eatyourphoto.co.uk and have a look at the new edging strips!

Will
Eatyourphoto team

Photos on Pizza

 

Photos on Pizza
After having massive success producing edible photos for cakes, we at Eat Your Photo, decided there must be
As you can imagine it took a long time but we have now mastered the edible photo for Pizza. It can be printed more uses, more occasions and more applications for this fantastic product.
We soon realised that pizzas would be ideal, they are now massively popular, used at parties and gatherings and an ideal size to which you can apply an image. We also realised that there are massive differences between pizzas and birthday cakes – pizzas are hot and savoury and moist, instead on sweet and dry, this would create a whole lot of problems.
Not to be deterred we set about developing a product and methods that would enable the same effect on the pizzas that we have been achieving on celebration cakes for years. The first problem was the heat, we needed to develop a printable, edible sheet that could withstand the heat of a pizza without just dissolving away, then it had to have a taste that would complement the flavour and it would have to have the ability to be cut.
with any photo, image or logo; it blends into the hot cheese perfectly, it has got a gentle cheesy taste and it tears perfectly when a slice is lifted.

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If you would like to try one of our pizza photos and get everyone amazed at your next gathering just visit this page: eatyourphoto.co.ukand order your very own personalised pizza photo!

Start the trend today and order today at eatyourphoto.co.uk

Ryan
Eatyourphoto team

The Canvas Cake

Another exciting and unique personalised edible product from Eat Your Photo is the Canvas Cake. We have taken the photo cake to a whole new level and created a method of printing any image (photo quality) directly onto icing which in turn is applied to your cake. This creates a fantastic visual effect whereby your image or pattern entirely covers your cake (top and sides included) and it becomes an edible work of art.

As you can imagine this (as with our previous edible challenges) has not been a quick and easy process to develop not only the equipment capable of printing onto icing but the skill to transfer the icing to the cake.

When sugar icing is printed it must be in a soft a pliable state, in order for the edible ink to be absorbed into the surface and also it must be in a soft and pliable state when transferred to the cake, if not the colours would crack on the surface and destroy the effect. This is normally an advantage when decorating cakes as the icing can be easily worked around corners and curves on the surface of a cake and can be smoothed to finish the effect.

When the icing has been printed, however, and is picked up to be transferred to the cake, if it is soft, the image will be stretched and distorted, if it is dry, the image will crack. When we had developed the method of printing onto icing we had thought we had cracked it but actually the next step of the process proved even more difficult to master.

We don’t give in lightly and we have now mastered the process of creating Canvas Cakes for distribution around the country and it is another fantastic addition to our personalised edible product range. You can choose from the normal photo cake, the canvas cake, personalised cup cakes and the new gift cake and we guarantee that one of them will suit your needs and desires!
Click on the following link to view and order the perfect cake for your next celebration:
eatyourphoto.co.uk

Ryan

Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk

 

The Gift Cake

A new edition to the Eat Your Photo cake range is the gift cake. After receiving loads of positive feedback about our cakes, both photo cakes and canvas cakes, there was one thing that kept popping up:

“We absolutely love your cakes and would love to send one as a gift to my friend, do you make them in smaller sizes?”

We originally developed our cake range with the intention of supplying big parties/celebrations and large corporate/promotional events and therefore designed them accordingly, not only were they ample in dimension but deep as well to make sure everyone was completely satisfied. Not only did we design the cakes around this idea but also the packaging, along with a major packaging company, we developed a system whereby all our cakes would arrive in the condition that we sent them out – PERFECT!

Always happy to please our customers we set about developing the perfect cake for people to send as a gift or a thank you, or a message or just for fun. It was back to the drawing board with the packaging as dealing with a smaller cake gave us a lot of new challenges in that area and we didn’t want something that had been done before – how could we add the wow factor?

Our solution was to build a box that was strong enough for the job and then create an inner frame to make sure the cake was totally secure in transit but not only that we have made the packaging part of your design, you can have your image printed onto the packaging as well as the cake itself. Choose to have your cake photo extend out over the packaging or choose to have a separate design on the packaging to enhance the design on your cake.

It’s probably better to take a look for yourself at eatyourphoto.co.uk

Although it is the smallest cake in our range at 16cm square, 8cm high and weighing in at 1.4Kg it certainly packs in loads of cake – it’s the little cake that BIG! Couple that with the added impact of the packaging design and you are sure to impress with this gift.

It is with great pleasure that I can now announce that the gift cake is through the development stage and is ready to order through our website so don’t delay and get your order in now.

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Will

Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk

Edible Caricatures

I am sure when that you hear the words Edible Caricature the first thing that you think is:
“What on earth is all this about?”
It all started when I was on holiday with my family and, as you do, came across a caricaturist who had set up a small stand to catch the evening tourist trade. This caricaturist was very good and a crowd soon gathered to see what was going on and there was lots of laughter and oooh’s and wow’s.

In a eureka moment it came to me that if we could harness this excitement into one of our products we would be onto a winning formula and so the Edible Caricature was born. There were a few challenges along the way, first of all we had to find the best caricaturist (who was able to draw fantastic images from photos), then we had to find a way of getting suitable images of the subject to the artist (this was in the early days of email), then the caricature back to us, we then had to make an edible version and get this to the customer all in a timely fashion. Of course when it is needed for an important celebration, being late is not an option!

It took a while but we eventually overcame all these obstacles and was able to offer this service not only within a tight timeframe but at exceptional value as well. We had rave reviews and people told us it added an extra dimension to the humble birthday cake and was always a major talking point at any celebration.

I am going to have to admit that we did make one big mistake along the way. The problem was that a lot of people did not want to cut their cake and loose the fantastic artwork so (slightly red faced, as we had not thought of this problem) we offered a FREE hard copy so the lucky recipient could save it as a reminder of their great day.

Edible Caricatures have gone on to be one of our top sellers and we are proud of the fact that we brought these two great things together to make a lot of happy people.

Have a look through our site for some great examples of our artwork below and more at eatyourphoto.co.uk

Caricature example Caricature example

Ryan

Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk

Printed Chocolates

Photos on ChocolateWe at Eat Your Photo just love chocolate and being sure there are many of you out there that share our passion we decided that we must develop ways to get personalised images onto this exciting and super tasty product!

It has not been a simple task, if you were to print onto chocolate through the normal printing process, ie: using an off the shelf printer with liquid inks, then you would not have much success. Chocolate has a shiny surface (when tempered properly) which cannot absorb edible liquid inks, so the ink just stays on the top in liquid form and obviously will smudge and distort when moved/packed.
Photos on ChocolateSo we set to work developing a method to consistently put an image into the chocolate surface, this would of course mean that heat would have to be applied to break down the chocolate surface, then an oil based ink would need to be developed as a water based ink would not work, then it would need to set without any distorting of the image. As you have probably worked out this was not an easy or quick process and years of development followed.

We are now at a stage were all the problems have been solved and we have developed a perfect system for the addition of photos, drawings, logos, basically anything that can be printed on paper, can now add to chocolate! The possibilities are endless, add an extra dimension at any celebration, send a message with a chocolate gift or promote your business or product in a refreshing new way.

So head to our website eatyourphoto.co.uk chocolates and check out all our different shapes and sizes available and make your next occasion that little bit more exciting!

Ryan
Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk

Birthday Cakes and our new Gift Cake!

Birthday cakes have been around a long time, in fact they have been an essential part of birthday celebrations ever since the 19th century in western culture and the use of candles for birthday celebrations on cakes dates back to Germany in the 18th century. The combining of a cake as part of a celebration has even been documented in Roman times.

So we’ve established that the birthday cake has been around for a while and we can be very confident in the fact that it will be around for a long, long time to come. Let’s face it, tucking into a delicious piece of cake for any celebration is now part of our DNA.

As with a lot of things in recent years the birthday cake has gone through a mini revolution and now there are all sorts of options available to the party planner. Back in the late 90’s Eat Your Photo was one of the first (if not the first) companies to bring a new technology into this U.K., the edible photo. This enabled the trade and home decorators alike to explore a whole new dimension in their craft and create detailed imagery of fantastic, photo quality images in a totally edible medium.

Here at Eat Your Photo we have developed a packaging system that has enabled us to offer our photo cake creations to people all over the country, delivered straight to their door for stress free party planning. We make them in a variety of sizes and flavours to suit every taste and we guarantee you will be totally satisfied.

Check out our new Gift Cake as well, the little cake that thinks BIG! Our smallest cake, but still packing in loads of delicious sponge, this little beauty is perfect for sending a message to someone, for any occasion at all. Home moves, new babies, graduation, birthdays, anniversaries, to say sorry, to say thank you, I love you, Valentines, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s day, Father’s day or just for fun. As they say, a picture says a thousand words, and when you add cake into the equation you are on to a sure fire winner!

Ryan
Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk

Troubleshooting with Edible Photos

Edible Photos are really simple to use and 99% of the time you will wonder what all the fuss was about when you here:
“I had real trouble with my edible image, it just wouldn’t come off of the backing sheet.”
The simple fact is that 99% of the time the weather conditions UK are perfect (you’ve not heard that before) and your cake topper will just fall off its backing sheet and you will have no problem at all.

Without trying to cause alarm that there could be a problem I would like to prepare you for the 1% of the time when the weather does not play ball. The problem is when we suffer extreme humidity, the icing sheets are very thin and absorbent, and it is possible for them to absorb the moisture from the air and become much softer, this has the effect of making them stick to the backing.

As long as you are aware of the problem then there is no need to worry, if the icing sheet is sticking then we need to follow some simple steps. There are two different options, we can either dry the sheet (to extract the moisture) or we can freeze the sheet (to make the moisture solid).

Let us address the drying method first. To remove moisture we can either put it in a dry environment, an air conditioned room is excellent for this or we can apply heat which will cause the moisture to evaporate. Putting it in the oven on the lowest heat with the door open or applying a hairdryer directly onto the printed image will have the desired effect. Pull the sheet over the edge of a table, this will also help with the release.

The quickest method and the one that I favour is putting your edible photo in the freezer for about 20-30 seconds (do not leave it in any longer thinking it will stiffen more as the freezer is, in itself, a moist environment and leaving for prolonged periods will make the problem worse). This will make the icing photo stiff, you need to then bend the backing sheet immediately when taken out, the backing will bend and the edible photo will not and so they will separate. The tip with this method is to do it as soon as you get it out of the freezer (inside the freezer if possible) as when it is in the humid environment it will soon soften again.

Well I hope that helps and does not frighten anyone off as this problem is very rare and these few simple steps will sort everything out. The effects you can achieve with edible images are well worth the effort.

So happy baking!

Ryan
Eatyourphoto team

eatyourphoto.co.uk