Need Help Making Fondant Silver

Decorating By smc_paralegal Updated 6 Aug 2008 , 9:49pm by varika

smc_paralegal Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 8:47pm
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I have been asked to do my first wedding cake in October, and I am very nervous. The bride finally gave me a picture of the cake and when I realized that Ron Ben-Israel designed the cake I got even more nervous. Okay, so here is my question. The cake is pink with silver fondant decorations. I e-mailed Ron and asked how he got the silver and the response that I got said it was painted on there. So can someone please tell me what type of paint to use to get this effect. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I want to experiment before I actually do it on the cake.

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chovest Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 8:52pm
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I'm not sure which cake exactly you're referring to, but you can use silver Luster Dust mixed with Vodka (or extract containing alcohol) and paint it on. I did this with my Dodge Ram truck cake for the bumpers and such. Don't use water, it doesn't evaporate well enough, and it will become sticky.

varika Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 8:52pm
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You want silver luster dust. Mix it with something that has a high concentration of alcohol--like Everclear or Vodka, though some people also recommend lemon extract, I think--and paint it on. The alcohol will evaporate and leave just the silver color.

karensjustdessert Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 8:52pm
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You can buy NuSilver dust and mix it very sparingly with vodka or everclear, and paint it onto the fondant that way. I've neve seen it sold in stores; I've had to order it online, but fortunately, a little goes a very long way.
It is best to practice with this, no doubt.

Lady_Phoenix Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 8:59pm
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I used NuSilver as well to make guitar parts silver, then used silve luster dust all over for a sparkly effect

leah_s Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 9:01pm
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I mix NuSilver with clear vanilla. No lemon taste or smell and I generally dont' keep alcohol in the house.

smc_paralegal Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 9:03pm
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I would post a picture of the cake but when I try it tells me the picture has to be 800 x 800 and I have no idea how to do this. So if you want to see the picture, I will send it to you in an e-mail.

Thank you everyone for the information. I am going after work to buy luster dust.

Shanille21 Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 9:22pm
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Where can you purchase Nusilver? And will it dry opaque or with a glittery look? (If thats makes sense?)

Also, I have been using luster dust and when i paint it onto my fondant it has been streaky. All i have in my house is strawberry flavored vodka...would the flavor change the way it evaporates?

Hope i didnt hijack the thread!!


~Shannon

varika Posted 6 Aug 2008 , 9:49pm
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Originally Posted by Shanille21

Where can you purchase Nusilver? And will it dry opaque or with a glittery look? (If thats makes sense?)

Also, I have been using and when i paint it onto my fondant it has been streaky. All i have in my house is strawberry flavored vodka...would the flavor change the way it evaporates?

Hope i didnt hijack the thread!!


~Shannon




You're using such a small ammount of vodka, it probably won't impart enough flavor to be noticeable. Give it a try on some scraps of fondant to find out. You could also practice your stroke that way; streaky indicates (coming from a painter) that your brush doesn't have enough liquid on it for a smooth coat. You could add another drop or two of liquid to your 'paint.' Or, you could add a touch more powder and see if THAT works. It could even be that the powder isn't mixed well enough and is just clumping in places, creating streaks. It's hard to tell, so I would just practice, practice, practice. A little bit goes so far, practice is unlikely to break your bank.

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