A metallic gold cake has to be the epitome of wedding luxury – the cakes above by Let Them Eat Cakes (left) and from Style Me Pretty (right) simply exude opulence for a lavish wedding reception. What’s more, they would make a fantastic centrepiece for a 50th anniversary reception also.
The gold metallic effect is very easily created. There is a wonderful array of edible gold sprays on the market by all the leading brands – Rainbow Dust, PME, Sugar Flair, Squires, Wilton, Dinkydoodle, to name but a few. The metallic gold sprays even come in a choice of light gold and dark gold in some of the brands.
Bear in mind, when spraying your cake, the colour of the fondant or buttercream underneath. For example, a white iced cake will take much more spray to build up a strong gold sheen than a caramel or beige tinted icing, so it might be worth experimenting with different colour icings before you start our gold wedding or 50th anniversary cake.
Aside from spraying your cake gold, there is also the option of using gold paint applied with a sponge to give a “rubbed gold” effect. Spraying gives a very even finish but gold paint applied with a sponge to a fondant-covered cake gives elegant an “antiqued” finish. For smaller areas or embellishments, use a paintbrush. You’ll find a video here which shows the difference in using gold lustre dust dry versus using it mixed with alcohol: how to paint a cake gold with lustre dust. The dry lustre dust looks similar to eyeshadow, while the wet lustre dust gives a heavier metallic effect.
Our fabulous examples above showcase the versatility of the gold as a wedding theme – it works with virtually every colour palette, but looks super chic with soft pink in the exquisite examples by Madisons on Main (above left, photographed by Kevin Paul Photography) and from Pinterest (above right).
But if you really want to up the pizzazz, then why not go for gold leaf! It’s so luxurious and never fails to impress as our two stunning examples show -the cake below left is Anna Elizabeth Cakes (via WedLuxe), while the cake on the right is by the renowned Australian cake designer, Faye Cahill. (Check out Faye’s excellent class on Craftsy here to learn more about her techniques for creating wow metallic effects: Layered Embellishments – 12 Stunning Techniques).
Gold leaf would make a particularly special touch for a 50th anniversary cake. It can, however, be tricky to apply but you’ll find a tutorial here (how to apply gold leaf to cake) to guide you.
A metallic gold wedding cake works wonderfully for a vintage theme wedding. The exquisite cake below with draped pearls simply exudes 1920’s glamour and sophistication. (Image via Pinterest.)
Top UK wedding cake designers, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium have styled a uniquely elegant antique style wedding cake below in resplendent gold lace with a metallic finish.
Many vintage style design elements work with a metallic gold wedding cake. The example below by Australia’s Sweet Perfection blends an antique cameo and lace piping with gold metallic cake accents.
Our final gold cake by Helen Mansey of Bellissimo Cakes in the UK also combines delicate lace piping with an opulent gold finish for a perfect vintage gold wedding cake centrepiece.
Edible gold leaf transfer sheets are available to buy online here.
Erica O’Brien also shares her secrets for creating a smooth metallic finish in her Craftsy class: A Cake for Every Season – with four contemporary wedding cake designs for Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter.
(You’ll also learn how to make funky wafer paper confetti and colour wafer paper, how to create a patent leather effect bow, make Mexican paste lace doiles, as well as eyelet lace/broderie anglaise lace, craft beautiful eucalyptus leaf sprays, rustic lavender and sage sprigs, plus a cherry blossom bouquet with leaves and buds and in this jam-packed Craftsy class!)