Edible Ink Printing

Introduction

A. Edible printing is both a consumer oriented process and developed for mass production workflows. It can be adapted for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as other edible goods. On the consumer end, it is a relatively easy process that can be done at home. Mid-level production occurs at companies such as Wegmans bakery department and other bakeshops who print on various baked goods.

Processes / How To

Home Printing

Materials Needed

Step by Step processes

FDA Regulations



Small Business Development

Materials Needed

The same materials are used in the small business development, as they were in the at home development process. A local Rochester bakery, uses an Epson printer, with edible Epson inks on “frosting paper” to put images on there cakes. This quick and easy method is very accessible and easy to maintain.

Step by Step processes

FDA Regulations

According to Saviao’s, there FDA regulations entails that the products are FDA approved and available to buy.


Big Business Development

Materials Needed

Recently, Wegmans has switched there printing process to a regular inkjet printer, edible inks and paper, from a spray on cake process. For there current process, Wegmans uses a system from DecoPac, which is an all in one system with a scanner, cd drive, monitor, printer and inks. For there past process, they used a system from SweetHeart, where the image itself was sprayed onto the frosting using an extendable arm. This process was recently recalled because SweetHeart was using recycled cartridges, and they did not meet Wegmans specific health standards.

Step by Step process

FDA Regulations

Wegmans purchases there products based on the idea that the products have passed FDA regulations. The Wegman’s corporate food services do the testing to see if products are appropriate.


Intaglio

Mars Corp is a famous example of mass-production candy printing. M&Ms are printed to the tune of 2.7 million per hour, with a custom made machine. A conveyor belt with indentations sized exactly to the M&Ms carries them to the press. This press is specially designed to be very low contact offset printing, so as not to break the thin chocolate shell. Each candy runs under rubber etch rollers that gently press each candy with an M. The white ink itself is made of vegetable dye and there-fore fully edible. Up to 100 million M&Ms can be printed per day.

Conclusion

Confectionary and candy printing has evolved from a mass-production process to something simple enough to be done at home. Printing on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes allows for an amazing level of personalization and design on an otherwise inaccessible process. While the actual process of printing on baked goods has been reduced to rice paper, home inkjet printers and edible inks, these simple ingredients bring wonderful possibilities.

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