I am wanting to add "sparkle" to a fondant bow for a cake and am not sure what to use or how to go about it. I don't think I want to use Disco Dust since it is non-edible (although the bow won't be eaten). Do you have other suggestions and how to adhere the sparkle? I have read somewhere about sparkle sugar I think. Any comments?
Sparkle sugar pieces are too big - you need something finer. I always dry dust on the Wilton pearl dust. Just use a new make-up brush (blush brush works best) or small paint brush. Some people mix it with alcohol (I use clear vanilla) and paint it on. Depends on what look you are going for and if it is a big area/if you have the room to dry dust.
Here is my gift cake with bow I made a couple of yrs. ago (can't really tell it's sparkly from the picture):
I use primarily use alcohol (Kirsch) and sometimes lemon extract.
Use the sparkle sugar. If the pieces are too big, crush it a bit. The pearl and luster dusts will give you a glow effect, not a sparkle effect.