How do people get their fondant to be gold or silver? Do they mix lustre dust in somehow?
I would use an airbrush to color the fondant
Thanks Madge, but I don't own one. I'm not really thinking of big areas either, more like little bits of paste to put through an extruder, or recently I made a tiny crown to go on a bee, I used glitter on pink, but would have preferred to use glitter on gold except I didn't know how to colour the fondant gold.
Hi Zespri. If it is just small areas mix lustre dust with a little vodka and paint it on. Don't worry about the alcohol - it evaporates. This works really well.
I don't own an airbrush either but I know a lot of people who don't like them much as they clog up. If I use lustre dust on larger areas such as a calla lily I just dust them and then hold the flower over a steaming kettle which intensifies the colours and gives a lovely muted metallic finish.
Hope this helps.
For the gold on this cake, I used a yellow base color and hit it with gold luster dust.
for Oscar's silver trash can, I started with gray fondant, and mixed silver luster dust with some lemon extract, and I painted it on. I have dusted the silver luster dust on gray before, but in this instance, it didn't come out as 'silvery', as I would have liked so I opted to paint it on.
Hope this helps.
I've done quite a few bits and bobs on cakes which have needed to be silver. I colour the paste grey and then spray it with PME pearl lustre.
There are more, but gives you an idea....
Thanks guys, I love all the examples! Very good job at painting them so neatly too, I guess they were painted before going on the cake?
I was asking this because I have a library book which shows a photo of some gold fondant coming out of an extruder, so it definitely wasn't coloured afterwards. In the list of equipment needed, it says gold lustre dust, so I figured they must have mixed it in somehow. It's very annoying that they didn't say how to do it!
I think you can mix the lustre dust into your icing but you have to use an awful lot of it to get the right effect.
I used Americolor gold sheen airbrush color on this cake. I just used a soft brush and painted on to the royal icing.
Well, I don't know how to attach the link but it is my blue and while 4 tier cake on my photos.
And on my last cake, I used silver sheen airbrush color, also by Americolor, to paint the fondant butterfly and the fondant leaves.
I hope this helps.
And if someone would tell me how to attach pictures here, I would be really thankful
I use PME spray avialable in gold and silver
I painted my fondant after it was formed, shaped and attached to the cake unless it was a small detail.
Oscar's can was painted after the fondant was attached to the cake.