Easy Cake Decorating with Frosting Transfers

collage image showing a transformer frosting transfer being created and on a cake

I learned this life-saving cake decorating tip from Moey’s Heart & Hearth.  You won’t believe how easy it is to create amazing cake decorations.   You can easily make a cake decoration with any coloring page you can find.  SO COOL, right? All you need is a printed image, wax paper, some butter cream frosting and piping bags!

I made this Transformer cake for dear friend Phil who LOVES himself some Transformers 🙂 I also made this LaLa Loopsy cake using this frosting tutorial for Little D’s 4th birthday.

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This technique could be used in endless ways. For birthday cakes, baby showers, Valentines Day,  Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.. Basically any event that has cake involved!

Child sitting at a table with a Lalaloopsy Cake

Here how you do an Easy Cake Decorating with Frosting Transfers

  • A printed out image or coloring page that will fit the size of your cake.
    NOTE:  your image will be reversed when placed on the cake, so if you are using words, you will need a mirror image. of the print out. This isn’t an issue with images (see transformer collage above)
  • A small piece of glass, such as a small picture frame  glass
  • wax paper
  • buttercream frosting made with butter ( this is a MUST. When you freeze the transfer, what makes it harden and form is the butter)
  • food coloring
  • pipping bags & frosting tips (or ziplock bags with tips cut off)
  1. Start by trimming your image, and tape it to the back side of a flat piece of glass. We used the glass from a small picture frame.  Tape the same sized piece of wax paper to the front of the glass. You should now have an image/glass/wax paper “sandwich. “collage image showing the set up for the transformer frosting transfer
  2. Next mix the colors you need for your image and fill your frosting bags. If you don’t have frosting bags, you can also use ziplock bags with the tiniest part of the corner cut off. Here is a recipe for Buttercream Frosting if need one 🙂 ingredients for butter cream frosting, frosting in mixing bowl, and 5 different colored frostings in pipping bags
  3. Now the fun part! Trace over areas that you want to see on your finished product. This bottom layer is going to be the what you see on top of your transfer.  So you you have to carefully think one step at a time, which layer you want to put on next.  Make sure to color in all the areas with the icing layers to a depth of about 1/4 inch, making sure your whole design is supported by that 1/4″ thickness of icing.
  4. So as you can see in my steps below, I wanted the little button on the Transformer to pop out in the front, so I did those first. The solid blue of the Transformer’s main leg should appear behind the buttons, so I did that last.  Remember, the part you are going to see on the cake it the bottom layer, so you don’t have to worry about the lumpy backside of the frosting. Tracing frosting on wax paper and picture of a transformer
  5. Place the whole transfer glass, into the freezer and freeze for about 30 minutes to a hour or until the icing is hard to the touch.
  6. Take your transfer out of the freezer and make sure the icing is nice and hard. Un-tape the wax paper from the glass and carefully place the side facing up ( the ugly side)  onto the cake. Press it down a little so it sticks to the cake.
    Now carefully, peel the wax paper away from the design, to reveal your frosting design. 3 images showing steps to Place frozen transfer on cake

Ta – Da!

Frosting transfer lalaloopsy birthday cake

5 from 5 votes

Easy Cake Decorations with Frosting Transfers

You won't believe how easy it is to make cake decorations. All you need is a printed image, and can make an Easy Cake Decorating with Frosting Transfers.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • - A printed out image or coloring page that will fit the size of your cake.
  • NOTE: your image will be reversed when placed on the cake so if you are using words, you will need a mirror image. of the print out. This isn't an issue with images (see transformer collage above)
  • - A small piece of glass such as a small picture frame glass
  • - wax paper
  • - buttercream frosting made with butter this is a MUST. When you freeze the transfer, what makes it harden and form is the butter
  • - food coloring
  • - pipping bags & frosting tips or ziplock bags with tips cut off

Instructions

  • Start by trimming your image, and tape it to the back side of a flat piece of glass. We used the glass from a small picture frame. Tape the same sized piece of wax paper to the front of the glass. You should now have an image/glass/wax paper "sandwich."
  • Next mix the colors you need for your image and fill your frosting bags. If you don't have frosting bags, you can also use ziplock bags with the tiniest part of the corner cut off. Here is a recipe for Buttercream Frosting if need one 🙂
  • Now the fun part! Trace over areas that you want to see on your finished product. This bottom layer is going to be the what you see on top of your transfer. So you you have to carefully think one step at a time, which layer you want to put on next. Make sure to color in all the areas with the icing layers to a depth of about 1/4 inch, making sure your whole design is supported by that 1/4" thickness of icing.
  • So as you can see in my steps below, I wanted the little button on the Transformer to pop out in the front, so I did those first. The solid blue of the Transformer's main leg should appear behind the buttons, so I did that last. Remember, the part you are going to see on the cake it the bottom layer, so you don't have to worry about the lumpy backside of the frosting.

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just tried this and it worked perfectly. I couldn’t find a piece of glass, so I just used a cookie sheet. I also used a french buttercream recipe that I liked and I thought that the texture of it resulted in a pretty smooth looking picture without the piping lines when I removed the wax paper. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much! I just made my son Heatwave Rescue bot. It turned out great! What I did different, was I used a cookie sheet instead of glass. The paper with image was on top of the cookie sheet and then I taped the parchment paper to the paper and the cookie sheet to hold in place. The results were amazing! Thank you, Thank you! Your idea was a life saver!

  3. 5 stars
    Is it possible to freeze it, then transfer to cake that will be refrigerated to be used the next day? I’m too nervous to try it a couple of hours before the bday party. Would the image run?

    1. I think as long as the cake is kept refrigerated, you would be just fine.

  4. Can you use Royal Icing instead to get a smoother result? Thank you!

  5. Can i use it on ice cream cake? i dont now if it will “stick” to the ice cream or whipped cream thats on top?

    1. I think it should work on an ice cream cake. Please let us know how it works out!