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how can I make perfect gold fondant?

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Sometimes I see beautifull fondant cakes with these peautifull golden details. I also want to try that so I was wondering how I can make gold fondant, do I use some kind of powder or a food paint. I really want it to be gold and not white with gold sparkels or something. Please help!
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post #2 of 36
First color your fondant. Use a gold or yellow shade for true gold and brown for an antique finish. I like to use gold highlighter dust mixed with lemon extract for a really metal look. It also dry dusts well. Old Gold luster dust is good too. GSA sells both I think and CK. I have several cakes that have gold accents. I love using it.

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I meant to add that you use the dusts on the fondant after it's been colored. Helps with the streaking.

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post #4 of 36
There's also gold leaf people use on cakes, it's beautiful, but also expensive, if you ever use that make sure you price accordingly. Also, I'd practice with that before you use it on someone's cake (it's almost shiny like a mirror).
post #5 of 36

Hi tarrtenmaker,

 

I am addicted to pearl dust from Wilton!  I use it mixed with vodka to paint my gold details.  I hope you can see it, the golden rings are of white fondant with 3 coats of the pearl dust 'paint'

 

post #6 of 36

Color the fondant first using Americolor's IVORY.    This is how I make the New Orleans Saints gold.   To make real looking gold, then either paint it with golf luster dust mixed with vodka...or better yet, if you have an airbrush machine, buy the gold airbrush color.   I love, love the gold & silver airbrush colors.   No streaks or pain brush marks this way. 

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post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by FaithBakesCakes View Post

Hi tarrtenmaker,

I am addicted to pearl dust from Wilton!  I use it mixed with vodka to paint my gold details.  I hope you can see it, the golden rings are of white fondant with 3 coats of the pearl dust 'paint'



Wauww that gold looks very nice, so you let the first layer dry before adding the second layer ect ect?
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Wauww that gold looks very nice, so you let the first layer dry before adding the second layer ect ect?

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Yes, let it fully dry between each layer.

Others have suggested yellow/ivory fondant for the base this may cut down the amount of dust 'paint' needed.
post #9 of 36

I use gold highlighter dust and white rum and paint it on. That's how i did the zipper and buttons on this cake.

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If the fondant will be eaten, I only use FDA approved gold luster from sugarpaste.com or The Sugar Art.  Highlighter dust--both gold & silver--are for decoration only and are NOT for consumption.

 

I find that mixing the dust with lemon extract keeps the color from rubbing off as easily as it does when using Everclear or vodka.

 

I usually tint my paste a shade of yellow, adding a bit of brown if I want an "old gold" shade.  Depending on the reason for the gold and if I prefer matte to shiny, I may only dry dust the item to get the effect, as with the background of the logo on the cake below:

 

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I use gold highlighter dust and white rum and paint it on. That's how i did the zipper and buttons on this cake.

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I know you have not asked for 'reviews' on your cake.........but I just can't NOT say it

Do you not see that the lack of attention to your board covering is the STAND OUT -  it overtakes any time and effort you put into the cake

SORRY - just had to say it

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post #12 of 36
My sister said it before I could. The cake is cute and the gold turned out amazing, but whst is that cake sitting on? That gnarly tinfoil thing detracts so much from the cake that it is about the only thing you notice.
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I know you have not asked for 'reviews' on your cake.........but I just can't NOT say it

Do you not see that the lack of attention to your board covering is the STAND OUT -  it overtakes any time and effort you put into the cake

SORRY - just had to say it

 

 

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My sister said it before I could. The cake is cute and the gold turned out amazing, but whst is that cake sitting on? That gnarly tinfoil thing detracts so much from the cake that it is about the only thing you notice.

 

You, know, if you'd like to critique cakes, there is a thread where the posters ask for and welcome it.

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Originally Posted by Kattyson View Post

I use gold highlighter dust and white rum and paint it on. That's how i did the zipper and buttons on this cake.
AppleMark
I think your cake is beautiful, great job!
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 Highlighter dust--both gold & silver--are for decoration only and are NOT for consumption.

 

 

 

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I'm not sure if people are seeing that, so I just thought I'd "highlight" it. What I've heard is that not only is highlighter NOT nontoxic, but that it's indeed very toxic as in containing heavy metals (for those who don't remember much from chemistry class - lead, mercury and plutonium are examples of heavy metals). The person who was spreading that is not someone I trust, so I have no idea if this is true.  If anyone knows what's in gold and silver highlighter, please share.

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