What is the difference between wafer and frosting sheets?

It is easy to work with both wafer sheets and frosting sheets. Both are suitable for various substrates. To help you on your way, we have made our Tips for Top Treats (instructions) available online. You can find them on the following pages:


Ever since the very first start of Cakeprint in 2005, we have been pressing our prints on wafer. Wafer is edible paper. It has existed for a long time, you probably know it already. Wafer is available in the supermarket as the famous candy paper, in all kinds of nice colours.

The wafer Cakeprint is using to make edible prints with is off-white in colour. We picked this colour because we strive for the best quality level: off-white gives the best result. The wafer sheets we use are twice as thick as the edible paper from the supermarket. This so-called double thick wafer is specially made for Cakeprint. Standard wafer is usually neutral in taste. Cakeprint wafer, however, is lightly flavoured with vanilla.

Our double thick wafer yields beautiful edible prints. However, these prints are slightly less sharp in quality than prints on frosting sheets. This is mainly because wafer soaks up the printing ink, so to speak. Of course the quality of the print also depends on the quality, resolution and zoom of the supplied image.

Wafer sheets are more firm than frosting sheets and are not foldable or flexible. This makes them suitable for such uses as making edible flyers, business cards and menus. Wafer is heat resistant and can, therefore, also be applied on, for example, bread or pancakes.

Please note:

  • Read the instructions carefully before you begin
  • Wafer is very sensitive to moisture; if it comes into contact with it, the print might start to “melt”

Potato starch, water, flavouring (vanilla), sweetener: sucralose E955
Shelf life: at least 12 months
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Frosting sheets

Since the end of 2015, Cakeprint also presses on frosting sheets. A frosting sheet is a thin layer of fondant with a plastic protective sheet below it. This protective sheet is necessary to be able to put the frosting sheet in the printer. In addition, it prevents the frosting sheet from breaking. The taste of the frosting sheet is that of lightly sweetened vanilla. Just like the double thick Cakeprint wafer sheets, frosting sheets are off-white in colour.

Frosting sheets have a smooth structure. Because of this, the edible print is more to the surface than with wafer, with a sharper print as a consequence. That sharpness is, of course, also dependent on the quality, resolution and zoom of the supplied image.

Other than wafer sheets, frosting sheets are very flexible. This makes them ideal for making pie edges or edible bows.

Please note:

  • Read the instructions carefully before you begin
  • The fact that the print is located more to the surface also makes it more sensitive to moisture. If the print comes into contact with moisture, it could flow out. That is why you should always work with clean, dry hands and prevent moisture from coming on the printed side.
  • Frosting sheets can dry out and harden. Cracks can then occur.

Thickener E1422, E1412, Maltodextrin, Humectant E422, Sugar, Water, Stabiliser E414, E460i, Dextrose, Emulsifier E435, E491, Preservative E202, Sucralose
Shelf life: at least 3 months
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