As we approached the new year, cake artist Denise Steward (Instagram: @denises_delights_ / TikTok: @denises_delights93) posted this insanely genius idea on her Instagram and TikTok pages to welcome her 2024 era using a couple of paper2eat products. We had never seen anything quite like this before and started seeing A LOT like it after she went ahead and posted this, so we're 99.9% sure she started this cake trend. This very idea has gone viral multiple times since then, and the “burn away cake” or “burn cake” as it’s starting to be called, has amassed millions of views on both platforms (primarily on TikTok) for cake artists as they executed the concept by applying it to different themes.
Essentially the idea consists of stacking a couple of printed edible sheets on top of each other and lighting the paper on top of the cake on fire to reveal what is shown on the sheet below it. A Frosting Sheet for the bottom layer, which is then bordered by piped icing to create some space between that sheet and the image that'll be burned on top of it. Then Wafer Paper for the top image with another piped border around it. The idea? Genius. The structure? Simple. The materials? We got it! Everything you need to get that viral burn-away cake effect is right here in this store. In the video above, here’s what Denise used to achieve this effect:
paper2eat 0.30 mm Wafer Paper Standard (Plain or Vanilla) - For the burning image.
paper2eat Frosting Sheets Premium - For the 2024 era image underneath the burning image.
paper2eat Edible Ink Cartridges used in a Canon Pixma TS702a to print the images on the edible sheets.
We've received a number of questions in our comments in messages asking how the paper at the bottom doesn't get burned or if the paper being burned is special paper or flash paper; it's just our Wafer Paper. What makes it burn this well without affecting the Frosting Sheet underneath it is the difference in ingredients for the two types of paper. Our Wafer Paper (the type of paper used for the burning image) is primarily made out of potato starch, water and oil. Our Frosting Sheets (the type of paper used for the image underneath the burning image) consist of white icing, are mostly made of sugar, and have a thicker consistency than our Wafer Paper. These details allowed for the Wafer Paper to easily catch fire while the Frosting Sheet underneath it remained virtually intact.
There are already a few burn-away cake tutorials starting to pop up now with cake artists structuring this in their own ways, but we figured we'd share with you how Denise allowed us to play a part in her cake as she got the ball rolling on this trend. Lots of people are searching up how to do a burn-away cake right now and this idea is going to be so great to revamp many event cakes. Everything from gender reveal cake ideas to proposals/engagement cakes, birthday parties etc. and according to a few comments...divorce cakes are entering the conversation as well. 👀 Expect to see and to keep seeing this in your feeds because we feel this cake trend is likely not going anywhere anytime soon, especially if creative Taylor Swift fans like @CakesByNams keep being obsessed with the burn-away cake idea:
@cakesbynams Replying to @Liz EP if this goes viral can taylor give me tickets to the eras tour #taylorswift #reputation #erastour #taylorsversion ♬ glow up challenge - spencer 💅