If crafting is your thing, or you use Pinterest, chances are high you will have seen washi tape. These cute rolls of tape are everywhere. From craft stores to gift shops to my local post office, they have taken over. One awesome thing about these is that they come in adorable colours, patterns and designs. Needless to say, I’ve become slightly obsessed.
What is Washi Tape?
Well, according to omiyage.ca:
In Japan, it’s known as masking tape (マスキングテープ) and the most renowned brand of washi tape is simply called mt – which stands for “masking tape”. The term “washi tape” refers to the fact that the tapes are made from Japanese rice paper and differentiates it from typical masking tape you might find in the hardware store.
Washi Tape for Cake Decorating
Some of you may know, I have a passion for covered cake boards (I recently wrote an article about the subject here) and I believe covering the sides of a cake board is just as important as covering the top. Until now, I have used thin double sided tape and 15mm ribbon to decorate my bakes, that is until I had a conversation with my friend Jemma from Iced Jems.
Jemma told me that instead of using double sided tape and ribbon, she had been using washi tape. Now, I knew about it as a craft item and had used it in gift wrapping before now but I had never thought to use it in cake decorating. At 15mm thick, it’s the perfect size to cover your 12mm cake drum (& 3mm icing!)
I immediately bought ten rolls. All different colours and designs. My imagination was running wild. Now, it is what I use to cover my cake boards in my classes, stage demonstrations and presentations.
It’s so easy to use and with a sticky back, no need for double sided tape. This stuff is great for an easy to use and effective finish to your design. You can buy lots of different Washi Tape designs from Iced Jems. I’d love to see what you create!
Happy baking & creating!