A frozen buttercream transfer is an image frosted and piped on a
sheet of wax paper. It is placed in the freezer and then added to a
Making a Buttercream Transfer
Find a picture with a design or a cake
decorating pattern you'd like to use. I'm actually using a
kids calendar in this picture. Tape your picture and waxed paper
down so your page doesn't move around.
You will need black frosting. I've bought the black frosting already in
the tube which I've attached a writing tip.
Prep whatever colors of frosting you'd like for your picture
and place in decorating bags with writing tips.
Place a sheet of waxed paper over your image.
Start with outlining your image with black frosting, like below.
Once you've finished your outline you can move your waxed paper
carefully to a sheet pan. This will make it easier to place in the
Start to fill in the colors by adding colored frosting in an area
with your writing tip. Spread with a clean paintbrush, clean finger
or knife. Mine was a small area so I've used a small paintbrush to
smooth out the frosting.
Place buttercream transfer in the freezer for several hours or
To make your transfer stronger, frost a layer of white frosting or
other color right over the top of your frozen image. Place in the
freezer again. Once you lay your image down on your cake the white
frosting will be on the bottom and your image on top. Smooth edges
into a smooth line, if desired.
This method of cake decorating is great for planning ahead. You can
and need to make your image days before you are ready to decorate
your cake. Once your image is frozen solid, place your image in a
Ziploc bag and store in the freezer.
When you are ready to add your image to your cake. Frost your cake
and take the image out of the freezer. Un-peel from wax paper and
immediately lay image on cake.
Pipe around edges or add any finishing details you'd like.
The image you see above will actually be
laid down on top of the cake. So any images you do will be a
mirror image. So if you do wording of any kind try printing off a
reverse image in Microsoft Word or other publication.