I would like to know if anyone could tell me how to pipe with luster dust. I am doing a Mardi Gras cake and the colors of course , are gold, green and purple. I would like to do gold scrollwork onto buttercream icing. I will allow the icing to crust over, mold the sides and the edges and pipe on the scrollwork.
I am getting alot of different ways to do it on the net...I see use piping gel and the luster dust , vodka and luster dusk(but some reviews are saying that this technique clumps up)
So I am asking my fellow CC members for help! The cake is for next month, but I have a wedding cake in two weeks where I think that if I nail this , I could use the silver luster dust with the bride to be.
Thank you to ANYONE who responds!
idea to keep the tip of the piping bag flowing is to use parchment paper
coronets or coronettas they are sometimes called
i just call them little piping bags
how i avoid clumps and how i fix clumps
just make small parchment paper cones
fill & cut off the tip, pipe
when it clumps you can use your finger to smash the tip
and hopefully dislodge the clump
you can also cut the tip a bit bigger to dislodge
otherwise just make a new bag
the piping gel thing is beautiful
i'd fry in the very hot place if i had to use a metal tip for that
and he-ey brandon mississippi from memphis ten oh see!!!
oh so now i read more carefullly and you meant the painting clumps
just keep your paint refreshed all the time with vodka
i fit gets too loose add more dust or wait a few for some vodka to evaporate
if it gets too thick add vodka to thin it out
HEY memphis ten oh see!!
both of these are great ways to do it
and i've given you the tips above to keep it from clumping
for the scrolls i'd pipe them on in royal icing, let it dry and paint them with vodka and luster dust
for the diamonds i'd cut them out of fondant and i'd also paint them w/v&ld
the mask and pearls i'd paint w/v&ld
fondant ribbon borders i'd paint
if you use the piping gel idea --it will be very metallic and very beautiful--i just use that for random trim
i don't see any opportunity to use the piping gel method for this cake unless you did some of the dots
but you could just paint the dots as well with the vodka & luster dust like everything else
so all that blather (of mine) to say--i recommend using the vodka & luster dust to paint the whole thing
If it was me, I would pipe a grey royal icing pattern, and use grey fondant to make the diamond shapes etc. After everything has dried and set, paint over the RI and fondant bits you want silver using either luster dust + clear alcohol, OR use premade (non-water-soluble) silver edible paint, or use airbrush colours (painted on with a paintbrush).
I believe that is how the gold parts were done on the cake photo shown. Except the masks may have been airbrushed with the gold.
Ok, I will have to use the piping gel method because I dont use fondant, I have carpel tunnel problems and I have to smooth my icing to give it a fondant look. I was trying to glam the cake up by using luster dust piping since, I dont use the fondant. Is that possible? I am doing A LOT of vamping on this cake. But the inspiration for the cake the lady order is coming FROM this cake.
Could I put vodka and luster dust in a spray bottle and "mist" a buttercream iced cake to give it a metallic shine?
AI would airbrush for an all-over lustre. You can also buy edible silver, pearl and gold in a can from PME.