Hello everyone! I have a bride who wants a cake similar to this. She wants it square and no flowers. I've done quite a bit of hand painting on cakes, so I'm not concerned about the design on the third tier. I am however second guessing myself on the remaining tiers. The top and bottom tiers look like they are just brushed on; am I right? The second tier looks like it's sponge painted gold, or is it gold leaf? I'm thinking it looks more like a sponge painting technique. I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that I'm going in the right direction with getting these elements right.
I've actually done a few cakes with different types of gold textures -- The top and bottom tier appear to be done with a dry brush. SO mix your gold powder with alcohol, dip your brush, then wipe off most of the "paint" and brush in soft strokes onto the cake. I sometimes do this over chocolate fondant which has a really lovely effect! It's less pronounced on white, but still really incredible. The other tier is, indeed sponge painted. I like to use a natural sponge for this, but you can also use crumpled saran wrap. There are two ways to apply it, and I suggest doing a test to see which you prefer. One is to brush or spray the gold on then lift the color by blotting it with the sponge or saran. The other is to put the gold color on the sponge or saran and apply by blotting gently. I also like to let my fondant set up either at room temp or in the fridge before doing any heavy paint work.
Hope this helps! It looks like a fun cake!
Thanks! It looks like I'm on the right track. Whenever a cake calls for gold or silver I usually use an airbrush color and just paint it directly onto the cake. I've always gotten fabulous color/results from this. Do you think the airbrush color will work for the top and bottom tiers? I love hand painted cakes and from what I can tell I haven't run across anyone else who does any hand painting on their cakes.
I like to use powdered gold leaf or highlighter dissolved in clear alcohol (vodka, ever clear, light rum) to do that sort of brushwork and sponge technique. I find the air brush colors too thin and not pigmented enough to really give impact. But it also depends on the brand!
I use Americolor for the gold and silver airbrush colors. I'll test it out on a piece of fondant this weekend. The wedding is on Jan. 2nd, so I have time to do plan B. Thanks again. Wedding cakes always terrify me.