I have an order for this cake, but the colors will be lilac fondant with gold "sprinkles/sparkles/pearls" not really sure what is on that cake.
Looks like piped royal icing? Do you recommend I use royal icing and paint each dot gold? Or are these pearls/dragees?
Also, how do you get your fondant to stay lilac and not fade?
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
If you add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to your fondant once you have achieved your lilac colour, this will prevent you colour from fading. Baking soda will not affect the taste. This might be royal icing dots, but to apply and then paint all those dots would be very tricky and labour intensive. I would probably colour my royal icing gold, and then pipe the dots on the cake. Or make gold fondant and cut out circles using my piping tip and apply to the cake.
You can buy sugar pearls in gold, but they look more like muddy brown to me. If you are comfortable piping, I would suggest coloring your RI as gold as possible, piping the dots, let them dry thoroughly, the touch up with a nice gold dust mixed with alcohol.
Thank you jchuck and SandraSmiley!
I appreciate the help :-)
put gum arabic in your royal icing and get it the right consistency and in one squeeze of the piping bag -- you get a fully rounded pearl shape with no tail hanging off to deal with-- and when dry it will shine beautifully -- it's a wonderful thing
to get it to the right consistency -- take a cup or so of royal icing and add water -- pipe it on the side of a pan -- add water or more icing to get it to perform properly
Thank you K8memphis!
-K8memphis, what is Gum Arabic? What does it do and where do you buy it?
Gum arabic, also known as acacia gum, is a natural gum consisting of the hardened sap of various species of the acacia tree. ... It is edible. It is a natural thickening agent. It is used as one of the ingredients to make gum glue, and gumpaste.
As for where can you buy
yes -- but you can just get a little bottle and it's just a few dollars -- and it's what edible flake glitter is made from -- it makes the pearls shiney --
Thank you, June and -K8memphis! I've heard of it, even looked it up on Wikipedia, but had no idea what it was used for. Seems like it's used for pretty much everything, not just cakes!