Four Fab Ways to Incorporate Gold on Your Cakes

When I originally planned this post months ago, I thought I’d be posting the different products you can buy in order to paint/pipe or add gold on your cakes.  I had just completed this gold quilled cake above and had had to use two different types of gold in order to get the job done.  But in my research of other gold-themed cakes, I cannot help but share what others have been accomplishing, too.  Be sure to check out these links, photos and tutorials to see some amazing cake decorating in action, and be inspired for your own wedding or cake creation:

Gold Sequin Cakes:  I was initially startled, I confess, at the idea of eating gold sequins, especially knowing the amount of edible gold paint that would have to be used in this Gold Sequinned Cake Tutorial, but artistically speaking, the gold sequins (or any colour for that matter) entirely covering a tier of cake is beautifully bold, perfect for a wedding cake that needs attention drawn to it.  Cake Geek Magazine has comprised a list of sequin cakes inspiration, which you must take some time to look through, and see what I mean about drawing attention.  Elegant, striking, and yet edible, I would be proud to make a cake like this.

Gold Leaf Cakes:  There are several ways that decorators use gold leaf – more often as a way to cover a cake to emphasis texture and brightness.  With alternate tiers in plain white fondant, similar to the texturing with sequins, the gold leaf is placed on and pressed flat.  A perfect way to create a metallic look, this can be used on small pieces of gum paste on more creative cakes.  Check out this Gold Leaf Wedding Cake Tutorial on a small one-tier cake.

Airbrushed Cakes:  One of my go to ways to colour a cake when I want it entirely covered, airbrushing with gold lustre is quick and fairly easy if you have the right equipment.  I have spoken of airbrushing before here, and here.  I will suggest the Americolor brand as I am most familiar with it, and have always preferred it.  If you tint your fondant yellow originally and airbrush it gold afterward, the colour really pops.  I have airbrushed entire cakes with pink lustre, white, silver, red and black. In fact, sometimes it is easier than kneading the gel colour in the fondant, and substantially cheaper than buying 5 lbs of each colour of fondant.  Don’t have an airbrush? The next best thing are aerosol cans of food spray, like Wilton Color Mist, running in a few different colours, but may not have enough in them to cover an entire cake tier.  Be sure to read the can to see how much surface area it will cover.

Hand-Painted Small Details:  Gold and silver accents creep up on many creative cakes.  For example, in the zippers and buckles on purses, the chrome or other accents on cars and other vehicles, and in the fine details of piping and quills like the cake I made at the top of this post.  In this case, it is most common and practical to hand-paint these pieces after they have been made and dried.  To colour, simply blend gold lustre dust with lemon extract or vodka, which evaporates quickly, and carefully paint the piping or other decoration with a small, clean paintbrush.  Also, lustre dust can be brushed on for an entirely different look, but should be applied before the decoration is attached to the cake.

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