Brilliant Idea to Entertain Children

Show me a child who doesn’t love to bake. What could be more entertaining than combining colouring and baking!

Baking is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your children entertained in these difficult times, combine it with colouring in and your children will have hours of fun, with some tasty, colourful treats at the end…….

Follow this quick and easy recipe for perfect results every time. All you need is:

For 12 cupcakes (or double the recipe for a 20cm cake):

  • 100g self raising flour
  • 100g baking marg (or normal marg / butter. whatever’s available)
  • 100g sugar (normal granulated is fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • Colour and Bake kit

Mix all ingredients together in a food mixer or mix by hand until smooth

NB for Gluten Free use GF self raising flour plus add 1/2 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum and a splash of milk

Divide mixture into 12 cupcake cakes or 2 x 20cm cake tins if you’ve opted for double the recipe

Bake the cupcakes for 12 mins in at 180C or the cake for 20 – 25 mins at 180C. Check they’re ready by pressing gently on the top. If they spring back they’re ready.

For decoration you’ll need a spoonful of icing sugar mixed with a little water to form a sticky paste (so it’s glue consistency), and a Colour and Bake Kit.

Whilst the cakes are cooking (or pre / post baking) your children can use the edible pens and icing sheets in the Colour and Bake kit to create their own unique pictures.

Once the cakes are cool, remove the coloured in icing from the backing paper and use small blobs of the icing sugar paste to attach your brilliant designs.

 

Cleaning and Maintaining your Edible Printer

It’s important to adopt regular cleaning and maintenance practices from the start to get the best results from your edible printer and prolong it’s life.

We’re often asked how often should I clean my printer? This depends how often it’s being used. If it’s used frequently then carrying out weekly maintenance is good practice.

If the printer is used infrequently we strongly suggest you remove the cartridges from the printer, insert them back into the orange cradles supplied with your refillable cartridges and undertake a full printhead clean (see point 3 below). So next time you come to use your printer, all you need to do is re-insert your cartridges and away you go. Failure to do this and leaving the printer unused can cause the printhead to block. Edible ink is made from sugar which tends to crystallise on the printhead if left unused for too long.

For your weekly maintenance routine please find below screenshots and instructions for :

  1. ROLLER CLEANING (PART 1)
  2. ROLLER / PLATE CLEANING (PART 2) ( eliminating teeth / ‘tram’ lines)
  3. (Removal of) AND CLEANING THE PRINT HEAD- incl. links to videos
  4. TEST PRINT PAGE AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT

These instructions (incl screenshots) have been created using an (Apple) Mac computer.
Instructions will be similar for Windows PC / Laptops.

Settings (Control Panel on a Windows PC)

Find your printer:

Click on Utility / open printer utility:

1 – ROLLER CLEANING

The Cleaning (drop down menu) should be the default menu showing 4 options :

Click on Roller Plate Cleaning (4th option / last option)

We then advise to click on the 3rd option where you insert A4 standard paper to clean rollers (see next step):

2 – ROLLER / PLATE CLEANING ( eliminating teeth / ‘tram’ lines)

After option 4, choose option 3 to clean the bottom plate.

Follow the instructions and fold a piece of standard A4 paper (not wafer paper or icing sheet) into a concertina pattern.

TIP – smear a small amount of sanitising gel across the peaks of the folds on both sides.

This helps to attract / clean dirt from the roller teeth (especially good if you have been getting ‘tram lines’ on your prints after printing dark colours

WARNING ! – DO NOT put too much sanitising gel on the folds else the paper may tear and get stuck inside the printer ! Use a smallish quantity and repeat many times . It is amazing how much ink comes off the roller teeth !

3 – (removal of) AND CLEANING PRINT HEAD :

Please see the following link to Youtube videos showing how to remove the print head for cleaning for ip7250 / MG5750-51 / TS5050-51 Printers : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPciNQLUjHtyclZcOIa7Afg

AFTER REMOVING/ RE-INSERTING A PRINT HEAD OR IF YOU HAVE BLOCKAGES IN THE PRINT HEAD, CHOOSE OPTION 2 FROM THE CLEANING MENU TO DEEP CLEAN THE PRINT HEAD:

4 – TEST PRINT PAGE AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT

To print a test page, scroll down the menu on the printer utility to Test Print and follow the instructions

Choose Nozzle Check.

Sometimes, if the printer is not playing ball, or if you have removed and replaced the print head after cleaning, you may need to re-align the print head.

If you have never gone through this process before, you may be wondering, “What is a printhead alignment?” In a nutshell, a printhead alignment synchronizes the paper feed with the movement of the printhead, ensuring you get the best print quality possible.

Remember adopting best practices from the beginning will save you time, money and stress in the long run!

Good luck.

How to Set Up an Edible Printer

If you’re new to edible printing, we’ve compiled a list of handy hints which you may find useful: 

  • When setting up your printer ensure your paper type is set to envelope – this is the highest paper setting and allows for the easy feeding of icing sheets and wafer paper through your printer.  
  • If your printer includes our refillable cartridges, filling your ink cartridges is easy.  Simply remove the coloured plug from the top of the cartridge and syringe in the relevant edible ink. It’s important you fill the cartridge whilst in its orange holder do not attempt to fill the cartridge whilst it’s in the printer otherwise the ink will leak.  
  • Please ensure you fill the cartridges so both sides are full of ink (the sponge side and the cavity). This will ensure there is enough pressure for the cartridges to register on your printer and make the ink flow effectively. Also remember to remove the label marked PULL. 
  • Keep the orange holders for filling the ink next time. You must insert the cartridges into the holders before starting to fill them or the ink will leak. 
  • We have templates available for the pre-cut icing sheets – if you’ve purchased any of these please contact us and we can email the templates to you.  
  • When using icing sheets we recommend you feed them with the plastic strip first.  
  • Ensure both wafer paper and icing sheets should be stored flat, sealed at temperatures between +15 degrees C and +25 degrees C 
  • Remember an edible ink printer must ONLY be used with edible ink. Using standard ink and then switching to edible ink can be harmful to health as residual ink may still be within the printer 
  • Full instructions on filling the cartridges and for additional hints and tips on printing please see our blog (located at the bottom of our home page www.edibleprintsupplies.co.uk) 

Common Problems with Edible Ink Cartridges

 

If you’re experiencing problems with your edible ink cartridges, we’ve compiled a quick checklist of common issues:

The Cartridges won’t register on my printer

  • If you’re using reflllable cartridges you must ensure both the cavity and sponge side of the cartridge are full – otherwise the cartridges won’t be heavy enough to register on the printer
  • You may have been sent the wrong cartridges. The easiest way to check is to read the chip on the underside of the cartridge. If you’ve ordered a Canon IP7250 edible printer or the Canon IX6850 the number on the chip should start 550 or 551. If you’ve ordered the Canon TS5050 the number on the chip should start 570 or 571. If these numbers don’t correspond with your printer then please contact us on sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk and we’ll replace your cartridges.
  • Refillable edible ink cartridges don’t last forever and should be replaced at least every 6 months. If they’ve been working fine and just stopped working there’s a good chance you need to replace them.

The ink won’t come out of the cartridges

  • Please ensure you’ve removed the ‘Pull’ strip on top of the cartridges
  • If the ink still won’t come out of the cartridge there is a small soft breathe hole on top of the cartridge (this would have been under the pull strip at the opposite end to the coloured plug), please prick this with a pin or needle. This helps the air and ink to flow through the cartridge. Press onto the soaker sponge underneath the cartridge (where the ink comes out)with a cotton bud or something similar (please ensure you wear gloves) until the ink starts flowing
  • Again, please make sure both the cavity and sponge side of the cartridge are full of ink

Ink is Pouring out of the Cartridges

  • Please ensure you fill the cartridges whilst they are still on the orange cradles otherwise the ink will pour from the bottom.
  • Once both the cavity and sponge side of the cartridge is full of ink replace the coloured plug. Remove the cartridge from it’s cradle and swiftly insert it into the printer (again we recommend wearing gloves!)
  • You must keep the orange cradles for re-filling the cartridges next time they are empty

There’s an error message saying ‘ink tank cannot be recognised’

  • Please ensure you’ve ordered the correct cartridges for your printer, or we’ve sent you the correct cartridges – occasionally although we try to avoid them, mistakes do happen.
  • If you’ve ordered a Canon IP7250 edible printer or the Canon IX6850 the number on the chip should start 550 or 551. If you’ve ordered the Canon TS5050 the number on the chip should start 570 or 571. If these numbers don’t correspond with your printer then please contact us on sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk
  • If you’re using reflllable cartridges you must ensure both the cavity and sponge side of the cartridge are full – otherwise the cartridges won’t be heavy enough to register on the printer
  • Refillable edible ink cartridges don’t last forever and should be replaced at least every 6 months. If they’ve been working fine and just stopped working there’s a good chance you need to replace them.
  • The cartridges won’t work unless you’re using the correct coloured cartridge ie. if you try to insert a magenta cartridge into the printer where a yellow cartridge should be it won’t work. Each cartridge has a specially formatted chip to work with the corresponding colour.

I Haven’t Used My Printer for a While and the Cartridges Won’t Work

  • There’s a good chance the cartridges / printhead will have become clogged if you’ve not used your edible printer for a while. The best remedy for this is to remove your printhead and give it a good clean under running warm water
  • Once the print head is in position, turn off the power cable to stop the print head returning to the hidden right position.
  • To clean the print head, run it under  hot water for 3-4 minutes, rotating it so that the water runs into the top downwards and also back through the bottom with the water running back through the other way.
  • YES, the print head DOES have electronic parts, but it is perfectly safe to get these wet also, just DO NOT SUBMERGE the print head in water, or leave it in water for a long period.
  • Dry the print head with kitchen paper as much as possible prior to replacing.
  • It will take 3 or 4 new print outs to get the ink flowing again, so we advise you print a test page or nozzle check first thing after replacing the print head. This will show you that the head is fully clean again per the print pattern.
  • If this still doesn’t work, then we suggest purchasing a new set of cartridges

How to Remove Print Head for Cleaning on Canon TS5050 & TS5051 Printers

This simple video shows how to remove the print head for cleaning on the Canon Pixma TS5050 and TS5051 printers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDUI6cjoOU

Tips –

  • Once the print head is in position, turn off the power cable to stop the print head returning to the hidden right position.
  • To clean the print head, run it under  hot water for 3-4 minutes, rotating it so that the water runs into the top downwards and also back through the bottom with the water running back through the other way.
  • YES, the print head DOES have electronic parts, but it is perfectly safe to get these wet also, just DO NOT SUBMERGE the print head in water, or leave it in water for a long period.
  • Dry the print head with kitchen paper as much as possible prior to replacing.
  • It will take 3 or 4 new print outs to get the ink flowing again, so we advise you print a test page or nozzle check first thing after replacing the print head. This will show you that the head is fully clean again per the print pattern.

 

 

How to Prevent Icing Sheets Looking Wet When Added to a Cake

We’re often asked why icing sheets bubble or look wet when they’ve been applied to a cake. Here are a few tips from regular cake makers and users of the EPS Icing Sheets on how to avoid this happening:
The best way to avoid the wet look is to ensure the printed icing sheets / cake toppers are applied to a cake at room temperature NOT a cake straight out of the fridge. Another major cause is keeping your cake in an air tight container which can result in your cake sweating and moisture developing on top of the icing sheet / cake topper.
You should avoid putting icing sheets directly onto cakes that have come out of the fridge or the moisture comes up through the icing sheet and leaves like a “morning dew” on them!  This also applies to fresh cream – the moisture / cold comes up and has like a “grass in the morning” effect!
The icing sheets should be applied onto room temperature cakes, so no matter what the cake is covered in; buttercream, fondant, chocolate, ganache etc…  it needs to be room temperature or you will get the dew effect.
If you haven’t got any fresh cream or fresh ingredients in a cake it doesn’t need to be kept in a fridge anyway – and if you’re storing the cake in an airtight container, there must be no moisture in the container, and in a room temperature type environment. Do not leave your cake sat in the sun where it will sweat and again create moisture.
Another tip from a professional cake maker and regular user of our icing sheets is to use buttercream over the back of the icing sheets to attach them to your cake. “If you wet the fondant icing, I find if you don’t get it positioned right the first time its pretty hard to peel off, so buttercream across the back is perfect as you can slide it into place without damaging the cake topper, and also if too much water is on the cake and you get it on your hands etc,, the ink just comes off and you end up with marks on your nicely iced cake!!”
“I did a test one day on various different scenarios!  So I put the icing sheet onto a cupcake with fresh cream and put it in the fridge. As a comparison I took a cupcake out of the fridge with fresh cream on and put the icing sheet on, and the result was the same – the cold moisture just rose through the icing and formed the “dew” You can clearly see the harry potter icing ones have the dew over them and the animal rice paper toppers have just wilted!  

Here’s a photo of the printed wafer paper before it was applied and after it absorbed the moisture:

Here’s a few examples of cupcake toppers that have been applied correctly:

Which Edible Printer should I choose ?

As we approach the Christmas Gift Idea season, we receive a higher volume of calls from new customers asking which printer is best for their edible printing needs ?, or the best printer kit combination for either a partner, family member or friend..

With 20+ years combined experience of printing onto edible mediums such as icing sheets, wafer paper, chocoloate and meringue transfer sheets, the team at EPS have seen various makes and models of printers come to market.

Whilst it has been said before in this blog, I repeat that Canon printers are clearly the best due to reliability, price and the fact that only Canon printers come with the ability to easily remove and clean the print head for easy maintenance. This makes Canon the obvious choice and we helped customers here by summarising the different printers and their attributes in the table below :

A3 or A4 size ?– is a personal decision – most domestic users start with A4 and commercial bakery / confectioners tend to choose the A3 printer which prints both  A3 and A4.

Rear feed or front / bottom feed ? – The A3 printer (Canon iX6850) affords the rear feed together with the newest printer available (Canon TS5050/51) – rear feed printers were favoured in previous generations of Canon Edible printer kits which were ‘rear feeders’ due to the nature of the product passing flat through the printer rather than up / round the mechanism from the front / rear. The edible sheet / transfer sheet clearly has less bending to do with this method of feed, but that said, the Canon printers with bottom / front feed (ip7250 / MG5750 / MG5751) have been used successfully for some years now.

Credit should probably be awarded to the quality of the EPS ‘Easy Peel’ Icing sheets, especially when it comes to using the pre-cut circle sheets with the rear/bottom feed printers because despite being pre-cut, the circles adhere extremely well to the sheets which are turned through 180 degrees with these printers.

Finally, Scanner/Copier or No Scanner/Copier ? – The ip7250 A4 printer and the iX6850 A3 printer DO NOT have scanner/copiers, but the Pixma models MG5750/MG5751, MG6851 and the latest more compact model the TS5050/TS5051 DO HAVE a scanner/copier. In our opinion, scanners are handy to have, especially if there;s not a printer/scanner/copier in the house – we all have to copy/scan passports, driving licenses, utility bills at some stage for identification purposes. Also, by using the colour copy mode, a printer copier can simply copy and print a photo onto icing / edible paper to be used on a cake without the need for connecting to a laptop/computer.

Print Quality – Whilst some models offer a higher print quality than others, in our opinion, the differences in print quality on all the Canon printers available from EPS is un-noticeable. In other words, print quality is excellent on all of our Canon printers and is a far cry from the quality achieved with dot matrix printers from the 1980’s ! – need we say more on the subject of print quality !

 

How to Wash a Clogged Print Head for Canon ip7250 ix6850 MG5750 MG5751 TS5050 Printers

How to wash or rinse the print head for a Canon 5750/5751/5752/5753 and ip7250 ix6850 Pixma and the latest edible food printer, the Canon TS5050 rear feed printer.

Following the previously posted video to remove the print head on Canon printers, this video shows how to safely wash or rinse the print head in the event of a clogged print head.

Edible Print Supplies advises that users of Edible Food Printers regularly remove and wash the print heads, even if they are not clogged. This preventative maintenance will save time, effort and cost in the long run – most importantly saving time when you need to urgently print but unfortunately suffer a clogged print head !

Please call EPS on 01254 825786 if you require any printer advice for printing on Edible Icing sheets, wafer paper including coloured and flavoured wafer paper and meringue and chocolate cocoa transfer sheets.

Or contact sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk

We take pride in supporting all customers with technical issues

Thank you and Enjoy Edible Printing !

Wafer Paper or Icing Sheets – Which Should I Choose for Edible Printing?

There are essentially 2 products to choose from when edible printing, either wafer paper (sometimes known as rice paper) or icing sheets (otherwise known as frosting sheets or sugar sheets). We often get asked what’s the difference between the two and which should I choose for? Here’s a quick reference guide:

Pokemon birthday cake using icing sheets

Pokemon birthday cake using icing sheets

Wafer paper is a vegetarian product usually made from potato starches, water and oil. It closely resembles standard paper. EPS wafer paper is available in a selection of thicknesses varying from 0.3mm wafer paper to 0.65mm wafer paper (otherwise known as wafer card) or our thickest 0.7mm gloss wafer paper / card. The thicker wafer paper tends to be used for stand up cakes toppers unsurprisingly because of it’s ability to ‘stand up’ when inserted into a cupcake / cake.

Icing sheets are a thin layer of white icing pressed onto a plastic backing paper to allow feeding through a printer. The backing sheet is peeled off before applying the icing onto a cake. Some types of icing sheets require freezing or heating to remove them from the backing sheet which can be problematic. However, the EPS icing sheets have been specially developed for their ability to quickly and easily peel away from the backing paper. As icing sheets are thicker than wafer paper and closely resemble fondant icing they tend to produce a higher quality print finish than wafer paper. EPS Icing sheets are also suitable for vegetarians or vegans and are gluten free.

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Which is the best Product to Print onto? Wafer Paper or Icing Sheets?

Wafer paper is treated in exactly the same way as printing onto normal paper. Simply insert your wafer paper into the feed tray a few sheets at a time and print through your edible printer.  Wafer Paper tends to be less flexible than icing sheets, although the EPS High Gloss Wafer Card has been specifically developed from improved flexibility and it’s ability to feed easily through printers without a back feed ie the most common edible printers the Canon IP7250 and Canon MG5750. The thinner 0.35mm wafer paper has a rough and a smooth side. The best results are achieved by printing onto the smooth side. The Wafer Card is smooth on both sides.

EPS Icing sheets have been specifically engineered for edible printing. The smooth, bright wihite finish of icing means printed images are very clear and they achieve the best possible printing results. It’s really important to remember the image you’re printing from must be of high resolution. If the image is poor quality the printed result will be poor quality too – no matter what you’re printing onto!

Printed Icing Sheets

Printed Icing Sheets

How do you Apply Wafer Paper and Icing Sheets onto Cakes?

Wafer paper can be applied onto cakes really easily. Simply moisten the back of the wafer paper using a fine mist of water and apply. There’s no backing paper to remove, you just print and go. Wafer paper does have a tendency to curl if it’s applied to wet icing. If being used on buttercream always apply them at the last minute or when the buttercream has hardened. Another downside of wafer paper is it doesn’t tend to mould into fondant icing, It can also be difficult to cut when applied to the top of a cake.

EPS Icing Sheets are really easy to remove from the backing paper. You simply peel them off! Other brands of icing sheets can be difficult to remove which can cause problems. Once printed, again icing sheets are easy to apply. Simply spray your ready iced cake with a fine mist of water and press the icing sheets gently into place. Unlike wafer paper they are easy to cut through and mould into fondant icing easily.

Peter Rabbit book made with icing sheets

Peter Rabbit book made with icing sheets

How does Wafer paper taste compared to Icing Sheets?

The standard EPS Wafer paper and Wafer Card is flavourless. An advantage of it’s lack of flavour means it doesn’t affect the flavour of the cake you’re applying it to. For those preferring a sweeter taste it’s available in a Sweetened Wafer Paper which has a slight vanilla flavour.

Icing Sheets tend to have a very slight, sweet and vanilla flavour. However, as the icing is generally absorbed into the cake / cupcakes any taste is not usually noticeable.

Price of Wafer Paper vs Icing Sheets

Wafer Paper is considerably cheaper to purchase than icing sheets, with prices from £ 4.95 or less for 25 sheets. Icing sheets are as little as £13.00 per 25 sheets. Unlike wafer paper, icing sheets are also available in pre-cut options.

For more information please see our website edibleprintsupplies.co.uk or email us on sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk

Which Edible Printer Should I Choose – the Canon IP7250 vs the Canon MG5750?

The most popular edible imaging printers currently on the market are the Canon IP7250 and the Canon MG5750.

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We’re often asked the difference between the two printers, so here’s our quick guide:

The Canon IP7250 edible printer is an entry level printer, often chosen as it represents great value for money, with inexpensive consumables and great reliability.  EPS refillable cartridges are as little as £10.95 and can be refilled with our edible ink again and again. Pre-filled cartridges for single use are only £19.95.

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The Canon MG5750 printer has recently replaced the MG5650 printer which has been discontinued by Canon. There are a few advantages this printer has over the IP7250. Firstly it can be used for copying and scanning unlike the Canon IP7250 and secondly it has an open feed tray. This can make feeding in icing sheets quicker if you’re a high volume printer. On the down side, as this printer has only recently become available the refillable cartridges for this printer are more expensive.

Both printers are compatible with EPS edible inks, icing sheets and wafer paper.

We hope this has helped you to decide which printer is best suited for your requirements. If you’d like any further information please contact us at sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk