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. If you’re lucky enought to own an airbrush, then there are lots of metallic gold airbrush colours on the market in both light golds, darker golds and “antique gold” shades.
There are also lots of edible gold sprays available to buy also but 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 airbrushing or spraying your cake gold, there is also the option of using gold paint applied with a sponge to give a “rubbed gold” effect.
But our favourite technique of all (and which gives the smoothest finish in our opinion) is using a gold metallic dust mixed with Everclear alcohol or rejuvenator liquid and painted onto the fondant surface, before dusting in round circular motions with a round dusting brush to banish any streaking.
You’ll find a great tutorial here from Minette Rushing Custom Cakes on how to paint a cake with lustre dust (the pearl lustre dust Minette demonstrates with can be substituted with gold lustre dust/gold metallic dust): cake lustre dust tutorial.
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.
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 from the Ashlee Marie blog: gold leaf cake tutorial. If you want to partially cover your cake in gold leaf for a peeling gold look, check out Shawna McGreevy’s antiqued cake tutorial here (which is in silver leaf, but the same principles apply): peeling metallic silver cake tutorial.
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.
For instruction on creating metallic gold and silver finishes (lustres, washes and leaf finishes), check out Faye Cahill’s terrific Craftsy class: Layered Embellishments – 12 Stunning Techniques.
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!)
And of course, to learn how to airbrush your cakes to perfection, the master of the art – Dawn Butler – teaches you everything she knows on the subject in her Craftsy class here.
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