How to Decorate Cakes With Gold Powder

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Using edible gold powder, or dust, is a fun way to make a cake look extravagant and really stand out. Gold powder can be used on any surface and applied in many different ways. You can dust it on with a brush, sprinkle it on top of a cake, dab it on with a finger, shake it in a baggie, roll items in it, and even mix it into a liquid or icing for a sparkly finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Edible gold powder
  • Small, fine-haired food brush (optional)
  • Mixing bowl (optional)
  • Mixing spoon (optional)
  • Pastry spatula (optional)

Dust Cake Decorations with a Hint of Gold

  • Lay the decorations to be gold-dusted onto a sheet of wax paper or a clean surface, spacing them apart evenly. Wax paper is good to use in case of over-spill -- simply fold the paper in half and pour the spillage back into the canister to reuse.

  • Dust the decorations with the gold powder with a small food-grade brush. You can also sprinkle the powder over them or dab them into a small quantity of gold powder poured onto the wax paper. If you do not want the whole item dusted -- for instance, you only want to dust the leaf of a marzipan apple -- use your fingertip to apply the gold powder to that particular area. If you are using hard items like chocolate pencils, you can sprinkle the gold powder into a box with a lid and shake the pencils in it for an even coating.

  • Add the gold-dusted decorations to your cake. Be sure that all excess gold powder has been shaken off so it does not transfer to other areas of your cake.

Gold-Dusting Cake Icing

  • Pour icing into a mixing bowl.

  • Sprinkle gold powder over the entire surface of the icing instead of adding it in one lump in the center for easier blending. It is best to start with smaller amounts -- you can always add more, but cannot take it out.

  • Mix icing and gold powder with a mixing spoon until blended well. If you need to add more gold powder, do so, and continue mixing until blended.

  • Apply icing to cake using a pastry spatula. Make sure that you have an even layer of icing all around the cake and on the top. You should not be able to see the cake through the icing.

  • Add your gold-dusted decorations, if you have any.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to work with the powder form, mix the gold powder with a simple sugar syrup to brush onto fondant or other cake decorations using a food-grade brush.
  • Be careful when working with gold powder; just like any other powdery substance, it can be inhaled when particles are floating in the air and may cause choking or respiratory problems.
  • Make sure you purchase your gold powder from a baking supply store and that it is labeled edible. Non-toxic does not exactly mean edible.

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References

  • 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes; Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown
  • Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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