I only work with butter cream icing. Can any of you recommend what I might use on my cake that would sparkle/glitter/shine. My bride wants her wedding cake to have "sequins" on her cake that sparkle. Of course, they must be edible.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
How about small edible dragees or balls, you can get them in all different colours now too HTH
You could try the eatable jewles
Disco Dust but I don't know if you can use on buttercream.
Or sparkling sugar all over the bc. I do a lot of cakes like that.
Thank you all so very much for your suggestions. I will follow up on them.
Here's a recipe called "Sunburst Glitter" for homemade edible glitter that you can decorate food with (from www . divinerecipes . com). You can probably use CMC instead of gum arabic, which is more expensive and harder to find. I notice it doesn't say when to add the egg white, but I guess you do it after you dissolve the gum arabic in the warm water:
1 tbsp. warm water
1 tbsp. gum arabic
1 egg white
Mix gum arabic and warm water in cup over hot water until completely dissolved. If you wish it colored, add it at this stage. A little blue will whiten flakes; yellow with a little orange makes gold. Used plain gives a silver effect. Apply egg white to surface of mirror or glass upon which the above mixture is to be poured, spread very evenly but not too thin with finger tips. Let stand 12 hours or until dry. (May be dried in oven after heat is turned off.) When dry, scrape off with razor blade in long even strokes. Sift through a strainer and store in dry covered container.
I'm really new at all this could you tell me what CMC is? Sorry for the dumb question...
Not dumb at all. You've gotta start somewhere! CMC is a powder that looks kind of like gelatin. The letters stand for the name of a chemical that I can't remember (something-Methyl-Cellulose, I think). It's used to make gumpaste sturdy, pliable and fast-drying. The natural version of this stuff is a plant derivative called gum arabic (or gum tragacanth, but I'm not sure whether these are two names for the same thing or two different compounds). Gum arabic costs about twice as much as CMC, but they do more or less the same thing. You can usually get it at places that sell things for cake decorating.
I use disco dust on BC all the time after it has crusted. I know some are against Disco Dust on edible things but personally I am good with the teeny tiny amount that anyone would ingest, including myself.
After the BC crusts, use a soft brush to gently apply to the locations or mix with a bit of vodka to paint on for a lighter touch (just make sure it isn't too wet).