Hi I am baking a wedding cake in June. Bride wants silver scroll on top tier. How do I create silver icing for piping scrolls. She showed me a picture she saw on flickr. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks
Generally, it's piped in royal icing--light grey works best--and then painted with a mixture of edible silver luster dust and either vodka or lemon extract.
Here's a link which contains a sample of the scrolls I'm talking about. I was further thinking about using an impression mat but still need silver icing. Not sure about the luster dust and vodka? Never used this technique before.
You can use an impression mat to imprint the design if your free hand isn't that great, then go over it with royal icing, and as was suggested, use luster dust and vodka to create a paint, and paint the scrolls silver.
As mentioned, to get a shiny silver you really need to paint with luster dust and vodka. You can't really get a metallic silver with just icing.
Ok. Can someone give me instructions on what ingredients to get; recipe and how to accomplish this task. I'm thinking in the end according to "ypierce"; I use royal icing and the impression mat to get the scrolls on the cake and then paint( which I have not done) with the luster dust and vodka?? I really appreciate all your responses.
Royal icing is simply egg white and powdered sugar. Mix sugar by the spoonful into the egg white. Beat 'very!' well w/a forkadding another spoonful of sugar until the mixture comes to a soft peak. To make silver 'paint' just mix about 1 teaspoon of luster dust w/about 10 drops of vodka - just enough liquid to make a thick mud consistency. The vodka evaporates fast so you have to work quickly. Good news is that all it take is to add another couple of drops to the dust to restore it to painting consistency.
Just an added point, make sure that your royal icing has dried hard before painting! And if there is any oil or grease the royal icing won't set so make sure everything is grease free - I usually wipe everything down with lemon juice before use.
You can also accomplish this without the royal icing by juse using luster dust, a few drops of vodka, and powdered sugar. You'll have to play with it to get the right consistency but it's really easy. I've done this several times.
Sounds simple. So do I mix this and use on the impression mat to apply to the cake?? Thanks for replying
Yes, use the impression mat and then apply your silver frosting on the cake. The impression may will help give you an even look. I love using either cookie cutters or impression mats. They make my cake life so much easier
Thanks so much for your suggestion. Sounds easy and I will try this on my practice run for my top layer. I'm so excited. I'll post back with pictures.