Wallpaper Cakes: Tropical Prints

Posted on June 10, 2015

Wallpaper Cake 1

I’ve had this idea for a wallpaper cake series for a while, and now, as of today, it’s finally here! The first installment of my wallpaper cakes is for these tropical prints – the iconic banana leaf wallpaper print (aka martinique) and a jungle-y philodendron leaf print. And instead of keeping the cakes nice and pretty, I even cut into one of them for any of the skeptics who may find themselves saying “nahhh, that looks too cool to be a cake.” Continue on for the directions.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Design (in digital format [jpeg, pdf, psd])
  • Edible paper + ink or a local edible printer
  • Scissors
  • Buttercream-frosted cake

Directions:

Step #1: Create a design of your choice for your cake. If you’re using a spontaneous print (i.e. something like my philodendron leaf cake), use Photoshop – or a similar digital design program- to repeat the design in an 8.5″ x 11″ document. For a wrap-around, traditional wallpaper print, also load the print into an 8.5″ x 11″ document. Use Photoshop or Illustrator to repeat the design if necessary.

Step #2: Once you have your document ready to print, you can print it yourself if you happen to have edible paper and ink. But if not, no worries – I definitely don’t own an edible printer either! Regardless of where you live, there should be an edible printer somewhere close to you. I chose to head to a fancy (overpriced) cake store in Manhattan to have mine printed for $15 a sheet, but after additional research I found out that Wal-Mart stores, along with many other bakeries, offer edible printing for what I’m going to guess is probably a little less than what I paid.

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Step #3: Once you have your edible print, you will need to either cut it to size (if wrapping around the cake) or cut out each individual image. If you’re just planning on adding cut-out designs, go ahead and cut those out and stick them on the cake, pressing firmly to secure each cut-out to the buttercream.

For the repeated, wrap-around pattern you will likely need (2) of the 8.5″ x 11″ printed sheets of your design to wrap around the entire cake. Hold the design up against your cake (without touching the cake) to determine where you need to cut it for the height. Once trimmed, wrap the sheet(s) around the cake until the cake’s sides are covered, pressing firmly to adhere the paper to the buttercream. Next, cut out two semi-circles for the top using your leftover paper and piece them together. Pick one point that lines up with the design along the side, and use that as the front of your cake for when you display it.

Wallpaper Cake 2

Step #4: Once your edible paper has been adhered and smoothed to your buttercream, it’s ready to display and serve! Avoid humidity and multiple temperature changes (i.e. fridge, to hot room, to fridge…), as that will cause the cake to sweat and the moisture will break down the paper.

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If you dig these cakes, you may also like my Tile Cake series.

55 thoughts on “Wallpaper Cakes: Tropical Prints”

  1. danfoleywork
    June 10, 2015

    These are insane. Not only a great idea, but your attention to detail and craftsmanship are bonkers. Love it.

    Reply
  2. Friedia
    June 10, 2015

    Eye candy! Love this idea!!!! So creative.

    Reply
  3. ashley
    June 10, 2015

    I love this! Can you upload the leaf sheet so I can print it out myself?!

    Reply
  4. lizzie
    June 10, 2015

    I LOVE the martinique Beverly Hills Hotel banana leaf print. Can I ask what image you used? I want to make sure mine is the best quality. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Steve
      August 11, 2015

      The Original Martinique Wallpaper and Fabric is available. The print may not be available for more cakes due to copyright issues. Find it at http://martiniquewallpaper.com/ The cake looks amazing!

      Reply
  5. Kay
    June 11, 2015

    Beautiful! Is it possible to take your own pics (like my dog etc.) And then transfer the image to the edible paper. I am a newbie but I would love to earn how. The possibilities are enormous!

    Reply
    • alanajonesmann
      June 11, 2015

      Yes – you can print anything as long as it’s in a digital format! Endless possibilities :)

      Reply
      • Deborah
        February 23, 2016

        First of all this is amazing!! Could you please let me knoe where I can find a file to download for this wallpaper? I would love to do this for my 30th birthday in july:)

        Reply
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    June 16, 2015

    I cannot believe these amazing cakes are edible, how fantastically beautiful and creative, Ive no doubt we will see these wonders become very fashionable in the very near future. dee.

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  12. Coledena
    June 22, 2015

    Breathe taking. Great job. Thanks for sharing

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    June 27, 2015

    Oh girl ! I’m just
    s p e a c h l e s s !
    Just discovered your blog thanks to Pinterest !
    ➕♡

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  15. Ashley
    June 27, 2015

    Where can I find a download for this print?! I can’t wait to try it! TIA!

    Reply
    • Tanya
      August 18, 2015

      I’m also looking for this print file!! Any suggestions or help on where I could find this would be great.

      Reply
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  17. raquibrown
    June 29, 2015

    How did the cake taste? Does the paper affect taste or texture at all?

    Reply
  18. Lia
    June 30, 2015

    Beautiful & brilliant.Love your site, thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  19. LE PRESSE PAPIER / PAPIER PEINT
    June 30, 2015

    Nice !!!! :)

    Reply
  20. helzrich
    June 30, 2015

    This is so amazing, I’m absolutely in love! Cannot wait to try this out. Well done! x

    Reply
  21. Emily
    July 01, 2015

    Omg I wanted to do this for so long as I am a surface designer and I love to bake!. Love it x

    Reply
  22. stylemelauren2014
    July 01, 2015

    OH MY GOSH! They are soooo beautiful!! I’m in awe! XO

    ig: @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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    July 08, 2015

    Your cake decorating skills are impeccable! I have to try this the next time I’m making a cake! Thanks for the fabulous idea :)

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    July 26, 2015

    these are AMAZING! I wish I had the skill and patience to make this. Very cool!

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    July 27, 2015

    What? This is just so so incredible. Love it!

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    August 07, 2015

    Beautiful!

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    wow thank you for sharing! this is so incredible!

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    September 01, 2015

    Thanks for sharing….love it!!!!

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    September 01, 2015

    What printer you recommend?

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  49. Steve
    November 18, 2015

    ok too cool.. My wife and I go to the coffee shop several times a year. This past weekend we overheard a couple whisper… Do you know who made the wallpaper? To which I answered, Don Loper. The conversation ensued about the history of the world famous Martinique Wallpaper and Fabric. As the purveyor of this wallpaper at http://wwwMartiniqueWallpaper.com, we hear stories of childhood memories surrounding the iconic look. Selling this product for over 20 years, we have helped place it in numerous bars and restaurants, hotels, M Waikiki and residences world wide. It is truly the only wallpaper we sell that has a past.. a history.. See Link above to purchase a piece of history. Also featured in a Maria Carey Video, episodes of Friends and so many more including the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Vanity Fair Press…. Earlier this year the pattern was featured in the lounge for NY Fashion Week for Tommy Hilfiger and more.. Make sure to mention you saw the comment on Alanajonesmann.com for special samples just for you

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  50. Rena Maske
    December 04, 2015

    All I can say is “Wow”, “I love this” so creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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