Gold Icing

Decorating By MMacias Updated 8 Apr 2016 , 10:43pm by kakeladi

MMacias Posted 13 Mar 2016 , 11:48pm
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Hello everyone!


So i have been asked to do a carrot wedding cake, it's actually a 50aniversary wedding so it has to be Gold themed, but how can i get my frosting super gold? what product should i use? and they don't want fondant on top of the cake but it still has to be pretty shiny.


Any suggerstions? Thanks!

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costumeczar Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 12:38am
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You won't be able to get a super shiny gold finish on buttercream unless you use a ton of it and that will make it taste terrible. I'd suggest a modeling chocolate wrap around the tiers, then you can paint that with an edible food paint and it will work without the fondant.

MMacias Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 1:38am
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I already considered modeling chocolate but so far i can't get it done :( i've ruined like 4lbs hard as a brick !!!(by the way what do i do with it?)

Will keep trying to get it. Thanks for the advice

costumeczar Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 11:41am
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You might be able to melt it and add more corn syrup to soften it up...What recipe did you use?

-K8memphis Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 11:46am
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you could use edible gold leaf  -- while it is expensive it is the real deal and most beautiful

http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Gold-25-3-3-square-sheets/dp/B0006GSQYK

maybenot Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 9:34pm
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Quote by @-K8memphis on 9 hours ago

you could use edible gold leaf  -- while it is expensive it is the real deal and most beautiful

http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0006GSQYK/?tag=cakecentral-20

Over the past year, I've been doing a lot of research on FDA approved/certified additives.  Over and over again, the issue of gold and silver have come up, so 2 weeks ago, I broached the subject in a phone call to an FDA specialist.  She told me that, as far as the FDA is concerned, neither gold, nor silver, is an approved food, food additive, or color.  It is approved for certain medical uses, and possibly some cosmetics, but I haven't checked that.

The "edible 23K gold" that we see is because it is approved in the EU and those products generally originate in foreign countries.


So, to the letter of the law, believe it or not, it's not for use on food, or in drinks, etc.  I guess that Pizza Hut promo for the Superbowl was technically in violation..........................maybe the issue is the source of the gold, or the way it's been gathered, I don't know. 


Please, don't kill the messenger!  I'm just reporting what I've learned.

-K8memphis Posted 14 Mar 2016 , 10:02pm
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no no i get it and i kinda guessed/figured that because if you ever buy it -- it's screwy -- the names on everything change constantly -- 

and i mean my doctor wanted to prescribe it to me -- the medical gold for arthritis -- but that is no longer available in the u.s. either -- have to get it through canada and blablabla -- but it not being available in the u.s. is also because the pharma guys wanted to eliminate the lower priced arthritis meds so they could sell more of their costlier ones -- that's what my doc told me anyhow

yes i'm sure you are correct and thanks for doing the research!

MMacias Posted 8 Apr 2016 , 4:00pm
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I got it from the My Cupcake Addiction website, sorry to reply so late i couldn't figure out how to see my posts :/

kakeladi Posted 8 Apr 2016 , 10:43pm
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I realize by now the OP probably has finished the cake but for other in the future finding this post I want to say - I agree w/maybenot.  There just is NO true gold for edible use here in the US.  After all it is a heavy metal that can build up in one's system and cause all kinds of medical problems!   And this is from someone who yrs ago made a gold tier in a wedding cake!

For the OP and anyone wanting to make 50th b'day or anniversary cakes stick to non-edible trims.  There are sooo many wonderful ways to introduce gold decorations - ribbons, flowers etc.  Be safe!  

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