Friday, July 16, 2010

Duff Goldman's cake tattoos

So, tomorrow is my daughters 7th birthday. I was desperate to try something new. Time constraints however did not allow me to be as creative as I desired.

She wanted a funky fancy zebra striped cake but again time constraints did not allow for fondant and all that good stuff. I was going to try but was not sure it would get done.

As I walked through the grocery store I ran across some new products. Duff Goldman from Charm City Cakes has started a line of decorating products to help those of us trying to get the look of professional custom cakes at home.

This was PERFECT.

These are edible tattoos. Basically, it is special food color on edible paper that you wrap around an iced cake. According to Michaels website they only have 2 different versions of the cake tattoos. I found mine at Walmart for $12.99 and they had at least 8 different sets. The sets ranged from bright and colorful to classic black and white. This included 2 sheets of edible art. It will decorate two tiers on a cake, 20 cupcakes or 20 cookies.
It was packaged very well and the quality was great.

I baked my cakes and then used the Wilton decorators icing. The cakes need to be completely cool and level before icing. Mine were cooled but not level and I do not think that it looks as good as it could have. Oh well, ya live and learn. The next one will be better.

The frosting needs to be COMPLETELY SMOOTH!

These tattoos are on paper that just gets wrapped around the cake and it sticks to the frosting. So any little bump or dip will show up. Also if the frosting is too dry the paper will NOT stick so be sure to have a water bottle handy to just mist the frosting NOT the paper.

The first piece of paper I had tore with the heat from my hand so be sure to handle it delicately.

One thing I did not like was that the pieces are not continuous. To get a wrap all the way around the 8 inch layer I had to use 2 full pieces plus part of a third. On the 6 inch layer it was the same and the words did not match up. So to a trained eye it would be obvious.

All in all I really liked the product and will use it again.

Thank you Duff!!!


  1. Thanks for posting this, I was wondering how it would work. The cake looks great!

  2. How cool! I saw those @ Michael's recently, but haven't had a chance to try them yet. Your cake looks great!

  3. Thanks so much :-) It was a lot of fun and I loved the different styles walmart had. I will definitely use them again.

  4. I just received one of the cake tattoos for my birthday! It was so much fun to make and made the "cake cookies" i made look really professional! Not to mention they were delicious! CHeck it out on my blog

  5. I just thought these to also do for my daughter 7th birthday but I have these very little pans that make a 3 tear cake..there is 6 pans, and makes two 3 tear cakes with just one cake mix (or homemade cake). I'm happy I'm doing it that way, then I wont have to worry about it not rapping all the way around the cake! I'm going to make cupcakes and mini cupcakes and put the cookie ones on the normal cup cakes, and the cupcake ones on the mini cupcakes and make them look like paw prints. I bought the one that looks like either a domation or a cow (lol) and the other 1/2 is a red. So, we're gonna try and make it look more like a domation! Thanks for the tips, I was wondering on how I needed to apply everything so thank you thank you thank you!