Im making a version of this cake and the customer wants the cake hot pink with gold accents. Ive never used gold luster dust to paint fondant so I need some advice. Would you paint once you have everything in place on the cake or paint off the cake. Will my fondant dry out before I get enough layers of luster dust to make it a nice gold color? It wouldnt be so bad, but Im going to need to shape the pieces as I put them on the cake. Will the luster dust paint crack when I go to place the shapes on the cake? Man, Im stressing. This cake is due tomorrow at 5pm.
Since those are going to be fragile pieces, I'd make them out of gumpaste so that they're a little stronger. You might not have time to do that...
Paint them before putting them on the cake, then touch them up once they're on the cake if they need it.
the 360 degree ones sticking up and out need to dry in order to firm up just to be able to stand and hold up there whichever medium you choose to paint/color them with --
there's no wrong way necessarily -- but as you know you are running out of time and if you paint before placing them on the cake they need to dry fully or it's a real scrappy mess --
so many different possibilities which make so many potential answers -- if you are not painting and just brushing on dry then you have to do it off the cake or it will get all over --
so at this late date i would paint them after they were applied myself but there's 10,000 different ways to do this -- then the ones that stick out 3-d i would paint in advance --
good luck -- best to you
I agree with costumeczar. Paint first then touch up. I made the mistake of doing it the other way and no matter how hard I tried not to, I kept getting gold paint on the cake. It was a mess.
I only have to do this in one tier and the bottom pieces are all on the cake, not free standing. She doesn't want the top free standing, only a number which I have made already. I think if I can get the pieces made, I'm going to lay them all out and paint them, till they look gold....then just start placing them on the cake. The issue is with the luster dust. It just doesn't cover good enough. I'm not sure how many coats it's going to take. That's my biggest concern. Thanks.
Just a reminder - everything that is gold *MUST* be removed from the cake before serving. Gold is NOT edible.