How To Make Tropical Wafer Paper Leaves

To make edible wafer paper tropical leaves like Monsteras and Elephant Ears, you need to get a solid dark green color, which can be difficult.

I came up with a multi-layered coloring process that’s messy, but gives a good result.

tropical wafer paper leaves tutorial

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Edible wafer paper tropical leaf
Edible wafer paper tropical leaf

Here’s the video of the process, then  read on for my tips:

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Tips for making edible tropical leaves for cake decorating:

  • This is a messy process, be prepared.
  • Using a tinted conditioner will give you a little color to start with.
  • Using wafer card is a good idea because it will hold up better than regular wafer paper.
  • A dark green candy color food coloring that’s oil-based will give you a good deep base color that won’t melt the paper.
  • Let each color dry out a little before applying the next layer, unless you’re using a wet color then alternating with a dry color. That will allow the wafer paper to dry out faster.
  • Don’t try to cut the paper if it’s really soft, let it set up a little to keep the leaf from melting!
  • Dusting with a deep forest green petal dust on top of the oil-based color sets the liquid color and fills in any gaps in the color, but it gives the leaf a matte finish. For a shinier surface, stop after the oil-based color.
  • You can also try applying some corn syrup to the surface of the leaf to give it a little gloss, but wait until it’s dry to do that. It will make the leaf stiff when it dries.
  • Use these as a filler in arrangements on jungle-themed cakes, or make some large unwired leaves as a focal point for a tropical luau cake.

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