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Wallpaper Cakes: Tropical Prints

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


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.

  1. danfoleywork

    June 10, 2015 at 10:49 am

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

  2. Friedia

    June 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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

  3. ashley

    June 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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

  4. lizzie

    June 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    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!

    1. Steve

      August 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

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

  5. Kay

    June 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    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!

    1. alanajonesmann

      June 11, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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

      1. Deborah

        February 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

        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:)

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    June 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    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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    June 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Breathe taking. Great job. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Ashley

    June 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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

    1. Tanya

      August 18, 2015 at 1:07 am

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

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  17. raquibrown

    June 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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

  18. Lia

    June 30, 2015 at 3:18 am

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

  19. helzrich

    June 30, 2015 at 6:08 am

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

  20. Emily

    July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am

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

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    July 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

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

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    July 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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    July 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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

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    July 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

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

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    September 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing….love it!!!!

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    September 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    What printer you recommend?

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  45. Steve

    November 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

    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, 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 for special samples just for you

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    December 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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

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    Your cakes are beautiful? I’m hoping to put an edible printer on my birthday list but I’m a little lost looking for one due to mixed reviews. Is there one you would recommend? Huge thanks, Sophie

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  54. amy

    July 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    So great! I’m going to try making this for a birthday party next weekend. 2 questions if you have time – 1) Do you recommend storing finished cake in fridge overnight (taking it out right before the party), or should I wait until right before I’m ready to serve that I frost and decorate? 2) Does the paper cut easily? Did you have to use an extra sharp or serrated knife?

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