Wilton’s Sugar Sheets bridge the gap between scrapbooking and cake decorating, making it easy to create unique desserts. Using Wilton’s project ideas and handling tips, I tried this new decorating technique. My biggest concerns were letting the sheets dry out or not being able to attach them to the cake. Surprisingly, those aspects went well, but I experienced some unexpected problems and discovered four important tips for using the sugar sheets.
1. Consider the scale of the sugar sheet pattern.
Unlike solid colors and other prints, the zebra and damask designs span a large area. When cut into small pieces, the lines in the zebra stripes become random stripes and the intricate scrollwork of the damask pattern loses it charm. Look at the pictures on the product package for examples of different decorations before choosing a sheet.
2. Check your materials.
I worked with two packages of the zebra print sugar sheets and they both had moderate damage or imperfections. I planned to wrap the outside of a square smash cake and cut small accents for cupcakes, but the damage meant I had to cover the cake with four small pieces instead of two long strips. This created additional seams on the cake and left fewer usable pieces for the cupcakes. I recommend checking the sheets in advance and carefully resealing them.
3. Plan the cake design.
The sugar sheets will dry out, so it is a good idea to plan the design in advance and have a specific plan. Draw the decorations on a sheet of paper to determine the best layout to maximize the usable pieces. I was able to trace images directly on the backing sheet and use kitchen shears to cut them with very little waste.
As with scrapbooking, punched images need a small buffer to allow room for placing them on the punch.
4. Have a contingency plan.
When trying a new product or technique, it is best to have a backup plan. The Wilton website offers troubleshooting tips for specific problems, but there are many ways to patch or conceal small imperfections. My smash cake had awkward seams along the front, but I used a stiff icing and covered them with a series of stars. Small cutouts or sugar layons could also cover problem areas.
Dallas Shopping Guide
Wilton Sugar Sheets cost approximtely $4 each and are part of a larger collection, Punch. Cut. Decorate!, that includes food-safe tools and supplies inspired by scrapbooking techniques. The greatest selection is available online, but Dallas-area craft and discount stores, such as Walmart, also carry many of the products.