What even is an edible printer? We get asked this question quite often so we figured we would address it by briefly go over what having an "edible printer" means. Although most of you might already know this, many don’t!
Basically, what we refer to as “edible printers” are inkjet printers (NOT laser printers) that cake decorators and bakers use ONLY for printing that is consumption-related like images for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cakesicles, other desserts…the list goes on. More specifically, only inkjet printers can be used for edible printing, not laser printers.
Regarding specific inkjet printer models, Canon and Epson inkjet printers are the most known and accepted brands when it comes to compatibility with edible printing, but there’s no ONE specific model you need to get started. You should go with the printer you feel comfortable with and just make sure that you NEVER use and NEVER HAVE USED regular ink in the printer you’re using to print with edible ink. Normal ink is toxic for consumption and can’t be in the same printer as ink people are going to consume.
So essentially, edible printers are everyday inkjet printers used solely for consumption-related use! Instead of regular ink, you put in edible ink and instead of regular office paper, you put in edible paper. Depending on the kinds of orders you get or are looking to get, an edible printer is likely to be one of the most valuable cake decorating supplies you'll ever own. It allows a cake decorator to customize their creations at will, and it helps add unique touches to make moments extra special.
NOTE: There are NOT edible ink cartridges for every printer model! We highly recommend checking the Find my Inks section (shown below) first to find which printers we do support. We have cartridges for a wide range of Canon inkjet models. We also have some Canon printers and the compatible inks in stock as well.
It's also worth noting that many companies are unwittingly (or knowingly) using printers with unsafe printheads that they believe to be food safe, but in many cases the printheads inside them have not been modified for edible ink / edible printing purposes; which is dangerous.
Hope this quick overview helps guide you in the right direction and that you understand edible printers a bit better than you did before.