Wafer Paper Edible Gold Leaf

Wafer Paper Edible Gold Leaf

Why Wafer Paper?

I had to improvise. I needed gold leaf for a cake order but didn’t have enough time to order. I immediately began looking around to see what I could use. Wafer paper was the first thing that popped up. I began to experiment and transformed the paper into a luxurious piece of gold leaf. This is a cost-effective way to add gold leaf to your dessert. The best part it is 100% edible. The result looks just like gold leaf, it is thin and flexible. Use it on cakes, cupcakes, cakesicles, cake pops, cookies, and even with isomalt. The possibilities are endless.


Wafer paper (Icing Images)
Silicone mat
Paper potion (Icing Images)
Everclear, vodka, or lemon extract
Edible gold dust (Icing Images)

Make the Gold Leaf

  1. Take a full sheet of wafer paper or scrap pieces. Break them up into smaller abstract pieces. Then place them on top of your silicone mat with the textured side facing up. It is essential to use a silicone mat because it is easier to peel off after it dries.
  2. Spray paper potion lightly, making sure not to over saturate; otherwise, it will turn to mush. The paper potion is what makes the edible gold leaf flexible. You may substitute the paper potion for Everclear or vodka but the result will not be flexible.
  3. Using your brush, add creases and texture to mimic the gold leaf. Do not worry if it rips or creates holes. It provides an organic look. Remember that the gold leaf breaks apart when applied.
  4. Allow the wafer paper to dry. The dry time varies due to your residence or region’s humidity and temperature. Once dried, it will easily peel off the silicone mat, and it will be dried to the touch. If it’s sticky, you need to let it sit a little longer.
  5. The wafer paper will be flexible and a little translucent at this stage. Now it is ready to be painted.
  6. I like to use the cap of my edible dust to mix. By doing this, I do not waste any product. Add 2 to 3 drops of Everclear, vodka, or lemon extract, then add some of your dust. Mix with your second brush until you create a paste.
  7. Paint the wafer paper with the gold paste. It will dry within a few minutes since you are using alcohol. Reapply gold as needed. Some brands may require multiple coats.
  8. Feel free to use rose gold, silver, or any color you want. Use the same process as above. Store them in an airtight container or zip lock bag and away from moisture.
  9. Break them up into smaller pieces as needed. Apply to your dessert with piping gel or edible glue.

Irenea Aristigueta

Irenea Aristigueta is a chef, food photographer, and founder of Florida Bakers Club based in Tampa, FL. Chef Irenea shares her knowledge of food photography with bakers and treat makers to help them showcase their brand with confidence. She graduated from culinary school in 2010 at the top of her class from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Like many of you, her first love is baking, but her passion is photography. 


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