How Can I Get My Butter Icing Or Royal Icing Metallic Gold?

Decorating By ReigateCakes Updated 4 Jul 2011 , 4:54pm by costumeczar

ReigateCakes Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 9:08am
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Hi all
I've a cake to do in a couple of weeks where I need to create a mehndi design around it, in metallic gold...

I've tried colouring buttercream gold with a combination of lots of yellow, less orange and a little red, but although it's gold, it's not metallic gold.

Any ideas please? I'm sure it'll have to be royal icing, but it's the colour I'm struggling with.

thanks in advance for your help, CakeCentral!
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Jennifer353 Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 9:18am
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If it was me I'd use royal icing - make it gold ish or at least yellow, pipe it on and let it dry solid, then paint it with gold dust made into paste with a little alcohol. It turns out great!

Sorry I dont know how to do it with buttercream it might work if you use crusting bc and follow the same steps? Be very gentle painting though if you press hard and its not perfectly set underneath it wil crack the surface (learned the hard way on some cupcakes when I got impatient waiting on the royal icing to dry!)

CakesByRashmi Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 9:42am
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Hi strangely, I'm doing a henna design Bollywood themed wedding cake end of the month. Been trying to get the gold color effect and also a bright maroon color. No luck so far but will keep checking this post and keep trying.

costumeczar Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 12:39pm
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I did this cake with buttercream. I started with a gold colored icing, piped the design, refrigerated the cake until the icing firmed up, then painted the piping with gold luster dust dissolved in vodka. That's the only way that I've found to get the metallic color on buttercream. You can't really mix gold luster dust into it directly and get the metallic color.!/photo.php?fbid=10150186307623671&set=a.396305613670.174792.92855088670&type=1&theater

CakesByRashmi Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 12:53pm
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Hello costumeczar,

Thanks for that, how did you make the gold colored icing to start with?

erin12345 Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 12:54pm
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Wow, beautiful cake! Did you have to constantly keep refrigerating it to keep it firm enough to paint? It must have taken forever.

costumeczar Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 1:08pm
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Thanks...I think that I probably did all the painting tier by tier then assembled it later. I know that I put the top three tiers on at the reception site then piped the bottom borders on there.

costumeczar Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 4:54pm
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Originally Posted by Rush_shai

Hello costumeczar,

Thanks for that, how did you make the gold colored icing to start with?

The original icing color wasn't metallic, it was just gold color using food coloring. The metallic part comes when you paint over the set-up icing with the luster dust and vodka. I've tried to mix the luster dust into the buttercream before, but it doesn't give it a metallic look at all.

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