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Why I will never use edible liquid gold paint again

Sunday, July 5th, 2009
Purple and gold ribbon cake

Purple and gold ribbon cake

I created this cake for a 30th birthday. The client was someone who liked a bit of bling, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use the edible gold paint I’d bought recently and had been itching to use. She was also not a girly kind of girl, so pastels and pale colours were out. She struck me as someone who would appreciate bold colours so I chose royal purple and gold.

I had quite a limited time scale (2 days) for this project, so I opted to use real ribbons instead of making them from fondant (FYI: Just so you know, in Australia we refer to sugarpaste as fondant, so that’s what I’ll be calling it from this point on). I’d done several cakes previously with fondant ribbons and bows and wanted to branch out and do something a bit different while still retaining the kind of “gift” look as the client quite liked it. Also, I didn’t have enough time to find the right paste colours to achieve a nice deep purple and proper shiny gold, and certainly didn’t have time to experiment with trying to achieve it. The safest option was to find ribbons in the exact colours I wanted. Thankfully, Cakes-4-U is relatively close to my location and they are a wonderful source of ribbons and other cake decorating needs. They had exactly the ribbons I needed.

The client wanted a carrot cake, so I made that then let it cool overnight. The next day I split the cake and filled it with delicious cream cheese icing, which was also spread around the top and sides of the cake. I then made the fondant, rolled it out and covered the cake. I let the fondant dry a little bit then measured the ribbons and placed them on the cake, measuring to make sure they were evenly placed, and used a little bit of edible glue to secure them.

I wanted to use white flower paste to make the detailing on the sides and paint them with the edible liquid gold paint. I find the fondant I make doesn’t eject so well from detailed cutters as it is very soft and tends to stretch out of shape easily. I rolled out the flower paste and cut out the “figure eights”, using paste ejectors to get them out of the cutter cleanly. I let them dry a little bit before attempting the painting.

Now this is where it started to go slightly wrong. Firstly, the edible gold paint was not quite the same colour as the gold ribbons. It had a kind of orange hue to it rather than a yellow gold. Not a huge disaster, though it was disappointing. Secondly, it was the dickens to use! It was very very gluggy and seemed to dry very quickly and form little solid clumps which were impossible to get out without leaving a messy hole where the clump had been. Very frustrating! I had to make several of the figure eights to get perfect looking ones.

The next annoying thing came when I went to clean my lovely sable paint brush. Perhaps naively, I went and ran it under running water from the tap. This made the gold paint completely solidify and cling to the hairs of my brush! It was impossible to get out with water! In the end I had to get a paper towel and literally scrape it off. Not too many of the brush hairs came out fortunately.

All very frustrating. Fortunately, the client loved the cake so it was worth the pain. However I have learned a valuable lesson – stay away from edible liquid gold paint! I’ll definitely be using lustre powder with a bit of water from now on (it comes in a variety of shades of gold too!).