RICE PAPER (wafer paper) & Photocake:
so-called rice paper was originally thought to be made by macerating
the pith of rice free and spreading it into sheets.
It was not until the late 19th century that its true manufacture was
discovered by Europeans. In Japan a thin, white paper made from
mulberry was called rice paper and the Chinese produced a similar
paper of bleached rice stalks which they also called rice paper. The
rice-paper plant's branches are cut into 4 foot lengths and then put
into water to soak. The pith is then extracted and dried and the
stalks are pared creating long spiral strips which are then
flattened and cut into smaller squares. It is much like papyrus in
that no pulp, vats, or screens are used in its manufacture. Rice
paper was introduced into Europe in 1805.
Edible Rice paper:
dry, nearly translucent sheet made from a dough of rice flour and
water. Edible rice
paper that was used for Photocake printing was made from ground rice
flour. This paper was also used to wrap spring rolls and other Asian
foods. Edible Rice paper was for some time used in Photo cake
"We recommend Icing Sheets
over rice paper for a perfect photo cake printing"