How to Print on Edible Icing Sheets

Edible Image Printer

Edible Image Printer

How to Print Using EPS Premium Easy Peel Edible Icing Sheets:

  • EPS Icing sheets should be stored flat in a cool, dry place between 18 and 20 degrees C.
  • It is recommended that the edible icing sheets are fed into the printer with the clear polyester strip travelling through the printer first, and it is important they are fed as flat as possible and without curved edges.
  • For best results, EPS icing sheets should be fed as single sheets manually from the top/ rear input where possible.
  • It is important to test the various print settings available for your specific printer in order to maximise your image quality. It is also important to select the correct paper type with Edible Icing sheets often producing a better image when the Envelope setting is used. This ensures the print heads/rollers are raised to accommodate a thicker input paper type.
  • Most edible images will benefit from maximised ink-jet printer resolution / dpi (dots per inch), so it is important to test which settings achieve the best results. Note that some higher quality printer settings may take longer to print than medium or lower quality settings, so if you are looking to print images quicker, then it might be advantageous to change to a slightly lower quality setting.
  • Once printed EPS Icing Sheets are easy peel, and can simply be peeled away from the clear plastic backing paper.

How to Print A Nozzle Check Pattern on Canon TS705 Printer

If you’re having problems with the quality of your printing, a good place to start is by carrying out a nozzle check. When printers are unused for long periods of time (especially if you’re edible printing) this can cause problems with your printhead. Running a nozzle check will help to establish whether any of the nozzles are blocked.

Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern

Please note: If the remaining ink level is low in any of your cartridges, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace/ fill the ink cartridge whose ink is low.

  1. Make sure that the power on your Canon TS705 printer is turned on.
  2. Load a sheet of A4 plain paper in the rear tray (if you’re edible printing don’t waste your icing sheets, using normal copier paper is fine for this task and won’t cause any damage).
  3. Press the Setup button on the LCD display panel, use the arrow buttons to select maintenance and press OK
  4. Use the arrow button to select nozzle check and press OK
  5. The nozzle check will then be printed

Do not perform any other tasks until the printer completes the printing of the nozzle check pattern

What Should the Nozzle Check Pattern Look Like?

Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the print head if necessary.

Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (A) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B).

  • (C) Number of sheets printed so far 

Cleaning the print head is required if:

  1. There are missing lines in the pattern (A), see example below:

(D) Good        (E) Bad (lines are missing)

2. There are horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B)

3. If any colours are missing altogether

We’ve found the best way to clean the printhead is to remove it from the printer and run it under hot water (as hot as you can stand it).

 

How To Print the Nozzle Check Pattern on Canon IX6850 Printer

If you’re having problems with the quality of your printing, a good place to start is by carrying out a nozzle check. When printers are unused for long periods of time (especially if you’re edible printing) this can cause problems with your printhead. Running a nozzle check will help to establish whether any of the nozzles are blocked.

Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern

Please note: If the remaining ink level is low in any of your cartridges, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace/ fill the ink cartridge whose ink is low.

  1. Make sure that the power on your IX6850 printer is turned on.
  2. Load a sheet of A4 plain paper in the rear tray (if you’re edible printing don’t waste your icing sheets, using normal copier paper is fine for this task and won’t cause any damage).
  3. Open the front cover gently, then pull out the paper output tray.
  4. Hold down the RESUME/CANCEL button until the POWER lamp flashes white twice, then release it immediately. This is the lower orange button on the RHS of the printer

    The nozzle check pattern will be printed.

    Do not perform any other operations until the printer completes the printing of the nozzle check pattern.

What Should the Nozzle Check Pattern Look Like?

Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the print head if necessary.

  1. Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (A) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B).
    • (C) Number of sheets printed so far

Cleaning the print head is required if:

  1. If there are missing lines in the pattern (A):
  • (D) Good
  • (E) Bad (lines are missing)

2. If there are horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B):

  • (F) Good
  • (G) Bad (horizontal white streaks are present)

3. If there are colours missing altogether

We’ve found the best way to clean the printhead is to remove it from the printer and run it under hot water (as hot as you can stand it).

 

How Do You Temper Chocolate?

Easy Method of Tempering Chocolate

For lots of chocolate recipes including creating printed chocolates it’s important to ensure your chocolate is tempered properly.

What Does Tempering Mean in Chocolate Production?

Tempering is the process of heating and cooling chocolate to stabilize it for chocolate production. Tempering gives chocolate a smooth and glossy finish and keeps it from melting easily on your fingers. It also means it’s at the correct temperature when using chocolate transfer sheets, allowing the printed chocolate designs to successfully transfer onto your chocolate.

How Do You Temper Chocolate?

Tempering chocolate is an easy process, it just takes a little patience and a food thermometer.

First of all, bring a pan half filled with water to a simmer and then remove from the heat. Break half of your chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the pan to make a bain-marie, ensuring the bottom does not come into direct contact with the water. Let the chocolate gradually melt stirring slowly and continuously.

Remove from the heat and add the remaining chocolate pieces. Slowly stir the chocolate until it melts and reaches 27–28°C (this is where a little patience is required!). For milk chocolate the temperature should be 29˚C and for white chocolate 28˚C.

 

Chocolate Mould for Printed Chocolates

If you’re making printed chocolates once the white chocolate has reached 28C pour it straight into your chocolate mould.

Then allow the chocolate to cool completely and your chocolate transfer design will have magically transposed onto your chocolate – as easily as that!

See our separate blog for full instructions on chocolate printing

Printed Chocolate heart

How to Add Designs onto Chocolates using Transfer Sheets

Using chocolate transfers is one of the easiest ways to add colour, patterns and logos to your chocolates.

Providing you have the correct equipment achieving a professional, printed finish is easy. To get started you’ll need an edible printer. The chocolate printer packages from Edible Print Supplies start from just £159.95 + VAT and include everything you need to get started; the edible ink cartridges, chocolate transfers and of course the printer.

Simply print your chosen design onto the chocolate transfer sheets, this can be a company logo, patterns, messages, Christmas design the scope is endless……

Add the printed transfer sheet to your chosen chocolate mould. The easiest moulds to use are the magnetic chocolate moulds which consist of 2 parts; the plastic mould and a magnetic base which means the transfer sheet snaps into place and won’t move when you’re pouring in your chocolate. The most popular moulds used by chocolatiers tend to be the circular moulds, square or rectangular, although a full range can be found online.

Once your printed chocolate transfer sheet is in place simply pour on your tempered chocolate. For full details on how to temper your chocolate please see our separate blog

Leave the chocolates to cool. Once completely cooled remove the chocolate transfers to reveal your chosen design.

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

 

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 Edible Ink Refill Set
  • 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 and for the Canon TS705 this number begins with 580 or 581. If these numbers don’t correspond with your printer then please contact us on sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk and we’ll replace your cartridges.
  • When you insert the cartridges into the printer please ensure you’ve removed the orange cradles

 

  • If inserted correctly you should hear the cartridges click into place and the light on the cartridges should illuminate
  • If the cartridges don’t click into place you may need to pull the lever at the front of the cartridges towards you a little so the cartridges fit correctly (be gentle to ensure the lever doesn’t snap off)
  • If the cartridges still don’t illuminate please turn off the printer at the power supply for a few seconds and then re-start 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 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: