A Question About Metallic Food Colour.....

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Abisnail Posted 13 Feb 2011 , 8:38pm
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Hi everyone, this is my first post, thanks in advance for Reading!
I'm making a vintage tattoo theme cake this week and am thinking of putting images in gold filligree piped frames. My problem is that i've tried making metallic paints before with silver glitter and clear alcohol and it looked poop! Is there a gold cake spray I can buy that's effective? I could pipe in White royal icing then spray them, I think that's the best way. Anyone got any better ideas? Thanks guys, great site! I can't believe how skilled you all are, I'm so inspred by the pics in the galleries! Abi x

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hbarberycakes Posted 13 Feb 2011 , 10:46pm
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I've found if I mix more of the gold highlighter than the liquid it's a more metallic color of what I'm looking for. Before I found it too runny and I hated it. Just play with it some. But I'd start with more color less liquid icon_smile.gif Hope it helps!

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Abisnail Posted 13 Feb 2011 , 11:14pm
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Ah ok, maybe i made it too thin before. I just didn't get on with it at all! I'll have another go tomorrow. Thank you!

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hbarberycakes Posted 13 Feb 2011 , 11:22pm
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I hope it helps =)

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leafO Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 12:13am
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I mix my gold color with clear piping gel, it seems to work better for me that way than just with alcohol. I brush it on in a very light coat and then wait for it to dry and do a couple more coats.

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leafO Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 12:16am
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Also, I think PME makes a gold color food spray but I haven't tried it yet. I think global sugar art . com has it. Maybe some else who has tried it can tell us if they like it?

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Jennifer353 Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 1:09pm
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I second hbarberycakes' suggestion. When I do it, I dip the brush into the alcohol first and get about a drop on the brush then dip it in the gold powder and brush it over. Each dip only covers a small amount but it does look good.
If you are using royal icing make sure it is very set before you try painting it or even a small amount of pressure will damage it (learned the hard way!)

Alternatively there are silver and gold sprays available in the UK but I think it is recommended to tint the icing underneath it first (grey or yellowish) to help the spray along. I haven't used them though.

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Abisnail Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 5:40pm
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Ah ok, thanks. Yeah I tried actually mixing the 2 In a pot before and it looked rubbish! I just couldn't get the mix right. Your way makes much more sense! I think I'll make the frames tonight, quite excited about it. I love trying out new techniques, never done anything like this before. I got the idea from an 'Ace of Cakes' cake.

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hbarberycakes Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 5:52pm
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I'll have to try the piping gel too! I haven't heard of that. Has anyone tried the Duff silver spray? I'm trying to find out if it's metallic or matte color. I need a metallic and I was going to buy it if it will save me time rather than painting. But if it's a dull silver I won't bother.

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robbemorka Posted 14 Feb 2011 , 5:54pm
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I'm using sugarflair edible lustre dust in gold, mixing it with just a tiny amount of alcohol. after painting the fondant with it, I put on some more lustre dust (without the alc) with a big brush to give it more of a metallic shine. works for me. icon_smile.gif

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Abisnail Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 1:33am
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Ah ok, cool. Can I use the same technique on royal icing d'ya think?

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hbarberycakes Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 2:32am
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You can, but just make sure the RI is very firm and set so it doesn't turn into mush!

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Abisnail Posted 18 Feb 2011 , 2:28am
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Thanks for all your help guys. I am soooo pleased with the effect I got...not so happy with the cake but I'll put some pics up when it's finished.

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