I love a good cake hack, especially for homebakers who have to juggle many roles in the house! These rice paper decorations are great to make ahead in advance, and doesn’t require the mess of buttercream piping. And yes it’s the kind of rice paper used for Vietnamese spring rolls!
This is a super easy method if you are tight on time because you can make these sails in advance. All you need is to soak it with water, colour with food colouring, and leave to dry.
It was my first time making it with an ombre effect and I’m happy with how it turned out! I’m no artist but blending it was nice and easy like water colours. And to make it look super fancy, I brushed gold lustre dust on top and around the edges.
Here’s a behind the scenes video of creating this look.
Tips on creating rice paper sails:
- Painting directly with food colouring diluted with water will give a more vibrant colour
- Leave to dry over a few nights to make sure it’s completely dry, or bake in the oven at low heat
- If you poke the rice paper directly into the cake, it will moisten and become floppy over time. To make it more stable, incorporate a toothpick into the rice paper when it is still moist and use the toothpick to poke into the cake instead
- This is completely ok to put in the fridge overnight! That’s the beauty of this baking hack
Give this rice paper sail technique a go! Tag your beautiful creations with @ultimateomnoms on Instagram, I’d love to see it and give you a shoutout.