Step 1: Supplies
- Instant Coffee - I know this may offend some purists, but the thicker you can make your paint the better it will work, and instant coffee is the quick way to achieve that. And it still tastes more like coffee than food coloring, so that's a win.
- Brushes and Toothpicks - These are FOOD ONLY, so don't pull a brush out of your oil painting kit.
- Template - I've included mine, it should print 8.5x11 with each design square being 2 inches.
- Scissors or other cutting device - again, this is for food only
- Ruler - A kitchen ruler is a good idea, but if you don't have one be sure to use a clean ruler that hasn't been with dangerous art supplies
- White Frosting - I used frosting from a can so I didn't post a picture, mostly because you didn't need photographic proof that I didn't have time to make the real thing.
- A Baked Good To Decorate - I went with brownies because they're classic and a nice compliment to the coffee flavor!
Step 2: Cut the Wafer Paper
Step 3: Mix the Paint
Step 4: Paint!
Pick up a small amount of paint onto your brush. Apply it where you want it. A few thin coats with drying time in between is the best way to get darker colors.
If an area gets too wet it will dissolve like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. The paper will just disappear. It's made of starch (likely either potato or rice) so it's very water soluble. That said, I was able to paint dozens of these with only one spot that bled through.
I used a toothpick to draw in thin lines.
Don't stack the pieces until they're completely dry.
You could always use or augment this step with food coloring markers, but they're more likely to taste funny.
Step 5: Frost and Stick
Set your decorations where you want them, then gently smooth the edges down into the frosting. It will absorb into the paper and the wafer paper will become less visible. You'll want to leave gaps between the paper for cutting, it can be difficult to get a clean cut through the paper.
For best results leave them overnight before showing them off. For even better results make these a week in advance and make sure your paper and frosting are super compatible, then make a good batch to present to royalty or your crush or whatever.
Step 6: Eat Them!
You could make your decorations up a week or two in advance, as long as you kept them very dry in an air tight container at room temperature.