For a stunning antique style wedding cake, adding a distressed gold finish to your cake captures old world style perfectly. Whether it’s using faded gold painted effects or distressed gold leaf, the artists’ work featured below demonstrates the elegance of faded grandeur beautifully translated into cake art.
For a tutorial on how to apply gold or silver leaf to a cake with a distressed finish, see Shawna McGreevy’s tutorial here: distressed metallic cake tutorial.
To create a distressed painted gold finish, you can use an edible gold paint or mix gold lustre dust with a few droplets of clear alcohol or rejuventor fluid. (Use lemon juice for an alcohol-free version, but alcohol does give a better shine.) The mixture can be a thick or thin as you like depending on whether you want a heavy metallic finish or a more watercolored effect.
- Apply the paint mixture with a flat artist’s paintbrush.
- Starting from the top of your cake, use downward brushstrokes (with the brush widthways), lifting towards the end of the brushstroke to create a feathered effect.
- Move horizontally along your cake one paintbrush width at a time, alternating between long brush strokes and shorter strokes to create a “drip” effect.
- Re-load your brush for each new brush stroke, to ensure the top of the cake gets even coverage and the paint can then run dry towards the end of the brush stroke to create the distressed effect.
Tip: Gold lustre dusts and edible paints come in varying colours and some times it can be difficult to get the right shade of gold you’re looking for. For tonal variations, try mixing your gold lustre with some pearl lustre dust and even silverlustre, which can tone down your gold alot to give a beautiful “gilver” shade!
For more on creating a distressed gold painted finish, see Fancy Cakes by Linda’s video here: antique gold cake tutorial.
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