When I was growing up the colour trends were streamlined and modern. White gold, platinum & silver were the metallics to accessorize with and it was hard to find any shades of yellow gold outside an antique jewellery shop. But as trends come and go, yellow gold started to sprinkle into the limelight. With the evolution of Pinterest and the popularity of antiques and vintage fashions, yellow gold is trendy.
Since I have alwasy had a soft spot for yellow gold, I had added some 24K gold dust to my cake collection and I was looking for an inspiring project to use it in. As luck would have it a friend was in need of a cake with some shimmer. She was hosting a playful Great Gatsby themed wedding shower and needed a cake to match. Perfect excuse to break out that gold dust.
The plan – black, gold & feathers
Creating a cake for a classic event I wanted to streamline the design. The cake would be a small two tier with a black top and gold silhouette.
This would be my first attempt at painting with 24K gold on sequence sprinkles. I started by applying the sprinkles to the thin layer of fondant using a small amount of brushed on piping gel. Then came the time consuming part. Painting each individual sprinkle with gold, I had to make sure that the pastel colour underneath was completely coated with gold.
This took a – while to do seeing that I hadn’t realized exactly how much gold to get before I began. Let me tell you it takes quite a lot to properly coat the sequence sprinkles so make sure if you attempt this to have more gold than you think you need!
To create a ‘statement’ and match the Gatsby theme I decided to make some feathers and a gold broach to create the illusion of a 1920’s inspired headpiece. I found that the faster I was making the feathers the more movement they had and the more realistic they looked. To give them colour I used a mix of my black edible marker and painted (what little) gold dust mixed I had left onto the feathers.
Voilà! Once finished I had a beautiful black and gold cake. The girls loved it and I was more than happy with my little glittery number.