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If you’re looking for a way to achieve more artistic control over your cake and bake projects, look no further than our edible icing pens! Available in a rainbow of colours, sizes and styles, they’re a cake artist’s dream. But if you haven’t used them before, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

To help you get an idea of whether edible icing pens are right for you, we have put together advice, information and inspiration to get you started on your next cake decorating project.

What are edible icing pens?

Before we dive into any advice, we need to define what exactly it is we’re talking about with edible icing pens. Especially if you have never used one before, you may be wondering what they are and how they work.

Well, they are exactly as their name suggests, a pen you can use on any hard-surfaced baked good, and you can safely eat the payoff.

You could even think of it as similar to a whiteboard pen in design. Smooth to use and easy to hold, edible ink pens are filled with concentrated food-grade dyes.

But now you know what they are, it’s time to learn how you can use them.

How to use an edible icing pen

Have you ever thought about how easy it would be to create your designs freehand, drawing like you would with your favourite pens and pencils?

That is exactly what edible icing pens aim to achieve!

Ideal for artists looking to create intricate details, children making personalised treats and even beginner bakers looking to try something new, edible icing pens can be used by anyone for all manners of purposes. All you need to know is the basic steps of how to use them, and other than what surfaces they’re best for, the only other tip is to not press too hard when drawing or writing with them.

What can edible icing pens be used on?

The most important thing to be aware of when using edible icing pens is to make sure you’re using them on suitable surfaces.

They work best on flat, hard and dry foods as you will be able to best control the pen and its payoff. Trying to use them on soft or melting surfaces will cause the ink to bleed and will overall create a mess that might destroy the hard work of your bake

We have put together a few ideas that might work for your edible icing pen art to give you a starting point for your project:

  • Frozen buttercream
  • Fondant icing
  • Cookies and biscuits (iced or not)
  • Marshmallows
  • Doughnuts
  • Marzipan
  • Chocolate
  • Edible sheets (sugar and wafer)

Creating art with an edible icing pen: 4 ideas

Now you know the basics of edible icing pens, it’s time for the fun part! Deciding how you’re going to use them for your next project is a fun challenge only limited by your imagination.

Whether you have some edible icing pens ready to go and no ideas, or you have a specific design idea you’re trying to create, we can help you with some more ideas and tips!

1. Get intricate with details

Of course, one major plus to working with edible icing pens in your next project is being able to add intricate details. Maybe you have some beautifully iced cookies or a masterpiece of a cake; the perfect finishing touch is to go in and add some extra details you can’t achieve with a piping bag.

From intricate patterns to hand-drawn faces of loved ones, iconic figures or even pets, you can create something unique and personal to your occasion with edible icing pens.

2. Minimalistic outlines

Another excellent use for edible icing pens is to use them to add outlines to cookies for a classic and cute look. From Christmas bakes to more occasions, a plain iced cookie can be quickly and efficiently adorned with sweet decoration that doesn’t take an artist to achieve.

This is also a great way to decorate biscuits for even the fussiest of eaters who may shy away from sprinkles and other toppings!

3. Children’s works of art

We can’t forget how perfect edible icing pens are for getting children involved with baking. Beyond pouring ingredients and mixing, they can’t be much more involved in the baking process, so allowing them to take ownership of the decorating is a great way to teach them to take pride in their hard work.

Perfect for small hands, children of all ages can use edible icing pens just like they would crayons, and it also avoids the mess of sprinkles and glitter in the decorating process!

4. Add personalised messages

Finally, we love using edible icing pens for adding personalised messages to cakes and cookies. You could add names to cupcake toppers and pass them out as party favours or even write a custom message on a cookie to a loved one. This is your opportunity to get truly personal and practice your freehand writing skills!

Tips for edible icing pens

Ready to get started with your edible icing pen project? Here are a few more tips we think you should know to get the most out of your pens!

  • Avoid mixing colours of your edible icing pens
  • Let your surface dry before attempting to use the pens
  • Store your pens upside down to keep the pen tip moist
  • If you’re not confident on your freehand skills, use a stencil
  • Plan out your design before you begin drawing
  • Dip the tip of the pen in matching food colouring when it begins to run out

Time to get creative

By now we hope you have all the information and ideas you need to dive into the world of edible icing pens. All that is left is to choose the right pens for your project!

At Cake Craft Company, we are pleased to offer a huge selection of edible icing pens in a rainbow of colours and a variety of sizes.

However, if you’re looking for more ways to create your own edible art, then why not explore edible paints and printing supplies also available? The possibilities are endless with how you can create custom artwork on your creations, so feel free to push your imagination to the limits.


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