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curious: how do they put a photo on a cake?

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i see this at parties, but i have no idea what the process is, and what kind of ink is used.
Anyone know how it's done?

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  1. It is an edible transfer that is applied to the cake. You can print them at home with the proper paper and ink or you can order the transfer from a scanned photo and apply them yourself.

    1. To continue Kelli's answer, the cartridge contains edible ink, which is essentially food coloring. The "paper" is edible starch -- potato or rice, similar to what you may find on European or Japanese confections.

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