Gold (Poured Effect) - - What Was Used?

Decorating By mistypup Updated 11 Mar 2016 , 8:16pm by maybenot

mistypup Posted 10 Mar 2016 , 7:39pm
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Any ideas on what was used to make this gold poured effect shown in the photo?  Someone sent this photo to me, so I'm sorry I can't give credit to the original designer (since I don't know who made this cake).  But the gold looks like it was poured on (not painted), so I'm curious how this was done.  Thanks for your help!900_gold-poured-effect_254956e1cd84ac484.png

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karmen.wong Posted 10 Mar 2016 , 10:01pm
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I would also like to know this  :)

FlourPots Posted 10 Mar 2016 , 10:40pm
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I think it's pourable white ganache that's painted gold once it has set firm.

FlourPots Posted 10 Mar 2016 , 11:51pm
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FlourPots Posted 10 Mar 2016 , 11:54pm
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mistypup Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 12:48am
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FlourPots - - - Thanks for linking the great videos!  I know the photo I sent earlier is blurry, but to me it just doesn't look like it was painted.  It seems like the medium they used to pour on the cake was gold to start with.

So then I started to wonder if DECOgel could be colored gold?????  I've never used DECOgel before, so I emailed them to ask the same question.  I'll be happy to post their reply here.  That's my best guess - - - does anyone have any other guesses for a gold pourable cake medium?  Thanks again!

FlourPots Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 3:59am
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I looked for the original pic to see it clearer

https://www.instagram.com/p/91WOiolX33/

Here's another, just like it

https://www.instagram.com/p/-aX75jlX2t/

I don't know...I still think it's painted gold.

They're not replying to questions...I wish they would...now I'm so curious!



Shasha2727 Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 4:38am
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This gold was definitelypainted on. Look at the short drops on the left side of the dske. You can see that the edges aren't painted but are still what could be melted white chocolate or almond bark candy coating. The color looks like antique gold luster dust, brushed on dry or possibly mixed with vodka or lemon extract. It would be easy to do. Good luck!

maybenot Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 5:15am
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I've never tasted Decogel, but I think I'd prefer chocolate or ganache--LOL

Painted with an EDIBLE gold luster dust, it would be great.  Chocolate takes dry dusting very well.  I'd use yellow candy melts.

Shasha2727 Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 5:57am
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Agree with May. Even if you can put gold into deco gel, it doesn't taste as good as melts or white chocolate w a little cream to loosen to pour able consistency. The gold over even dried royal is lovely. And easy. 

kayra850 Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 8:02am
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Can it be that edible gold luster is mixed with gelatine and - or with something else like glucose and the poured over cake? some technik like mirror glaze?

-K8memphis Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 11:06am
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another vote for painted on is because the amount of dust needed to  saturate an icing would be vast (wouldn't it?) and if it was gel it would be shinier/clearer

maybenot Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 2:46pm
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Quote by @kayra850 on 6 hours ago

Can it be that edible gold luster is mixed with gelatine and - or with something else like glucose and the poured over cake? some technik like mirror glaze?

Like K8 says, it would take a ton of dust and it wouldn't necessarily hold well on the sides of the cake.

costumeczar Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 3:24pm
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I enlarged the photo and it's painted on...See the brush marks on top and the white edges under the drips? Paint. Also, you wouldn't get that shiny a color if it was mixed in. The metallic paints have to sit on top of whatever it is to be reflective, so they don't work the same if you mix them in.900_gold-poured-effect_60659856e2e31c15340.png

Chelle43 Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 3:57pm
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I just saw a youtube video on the gold drip, check it out it's called Heart of Gold Drip Cake Tutorial by Artisan Cake Company.

maybenot Posted 11 Mar 2016 , 8:16pm
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Quote by @Chelle43 on 4 hours ago

I just saw a youtube video on the gold drip, check it out it's called Heart of Gold Drip Cake Tutorial by Artisan Cake Company.

There are techniques in the video that are helpful, but please be aware: 

The Rolkem Gold dust used is NOT EDIBLE in the US.  The gold ingredient [E175] is not an FDA approved food/color additive.  This brand of gold dust is akin to highlighter dust, which is not edible.

There are plenty of other edible options using FDA certified luster dusts [dry dusted or mixed with high quality lemon extract or clear drinking alcohol like Everclear, vodka, or gin] or edible gold airbrush liquid.  You can buy edible gold spray and spray it into a container, too, but you may need to add some alcohol as you work if it begins to dry out.

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