How to make rice paper sails for your cakes

I have been so excited to test out making rice paper sails and adding them onto a cake. They look so pretty and a little abstract. In this weeks video tutorial I’m showing you how I made these transparent rice paper sails and different ways you can colour them to match the theme of your cake.

You can watch how I made them below ⇩

What rice paper to use for the sails

When making these sails it’s important to get the right kind of rice paper. In the UK if you search for rice paper, especially on cake decorating websites you get rectangular sheets of white rice paper, which is also known as wafer paper. There are so many ways you can use wafer paper, but for these sails you need Vietnamese rice paper. Vietnamese rice paper is usually used in the making of Summer Rolls or spring rolls and unlike UK rice paper can be dipped in water to make it go really soft. A little like wet fabric. If you were to use wafer paper if this gets too wet it becomes quite sticky and can start to dissolve.

The discs of rice paper in this pack were 8.5 inches in diameter, but you can cut them down or cut them into shapes depending on the look you want.

Vietnamese rice paper sails

Adding colour to your sails

When making your rice paper sails these can be left clear or coloured to match the theme of your cake. Maybe you want to make them look like water, or even colour them red to resemble fire. I love how many uses there are for these, just let your imagination run wild!

Rice Paper Sails tutorial

To colour them I used water based colour gel colours. In the tutorial you will see that the colour can either be added to the water before you submerge your rice paper or you can add the colour directly onto your disc once its been softened. Both give such amazing effects and just remember the more diluted the colour the lighter the sail will be, you can build up the colour by adding more food gel.

rice paper sails cake

Drying your rice paper sails

When you are happy with how your sail is looking its time to leave them to dry. As they dry out they become hard and hold their shape. In order to dry them you can leave them for 24 hours at room temperature. If you want to speed up the drying process you can also place them in the oven. Now we don’t want to bake them, just warm them up. I placed mine in an oven set to 65 degrees Celsius for around 1 – 2 hours, until they were completely firm. I had this on a normal oven setting without a fan.

I could then remove them from the parchment paper I had shaped them over and attach them to my cake.

I love how these look on the cake and I’m not sure what I like best, the back or the front. The sails just look so magical wrapped around the cake. I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and will find it useful if you want to make your own rice paper sails to add onto your cakes.

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Tools I Used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

Vietnamese Rice Paper:
Colour Splash raspberry food gel:
Colour Splash violet food gel:
Colour Splash light pink food gel:
PME candy melts:
Fun Cakes deco melts:
Choctastique Spray Ice:
Silicone Mats:
Sugarflair Shimmer Spray:

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Rice paper Sails cake Tutorial