Cake designer Sarah Lu demonstrates how quick and simple it is to make a glamorous glitter cake using only piping gel and edible glitter!
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If you’ve ever dazzled something, you know that a little glitz and glam goes a long way. Well, it’s no different for cake decorating.
Before we start…
You need a few things for this spectacular method. It’s quite a mess you’ll be creating, so choose a nice clear surface to work on.
First, your cake can be panelsdraped or even bas relief, but make sure it is covered in fondant that has had time to dry. You will be pressing into the surface of the cake. Sarah Lu went with a single draped tier for a perfect finish.
Underneath your cake should be a sheet of parchment paper. It should be large enough to catch the falling glitter, but small enough that you can fold it and pour the fallen glitter into your supply cup.
The best “glue” for glitter is a simple piping gel. Clear, sticky, effective.
Buy edible glitter online or make your own. Sarah Lu mixes white “disco powder” and gold luster powder for a refined golden sparkle.
Last, but certainly not least – gloves. Do not attempt to do this without gloves. You will regret it.
How to apply edible glitter:
- Step 1. Apply piping gel to your fondant covered cake with a food brush. Try to work quickly to get the whole cake painted before it starts to dry. If the gel dries, the glitter will not stick.
- Step 2. Add the glam! Pour the glitter into your gloved hand and dab it on the piping gel, smooth it over the top of the cake lightly with your hands. Rub the glitter gently over the sides to cover all of the fondant.
If this is just one level in a series for you, don’t worry about the top. You can also score the cake with the size of the top tier so you don’t lose any glitter.
- Step 3. Add more glitter! This may be obvious, but layers are key. It will look uneven if you don’t keep patting it.
For economy, use the parchment to catch the fallen glitter. Then remove the cake from it, fold the parchment and pour the unused powder into your cup to reuse.
This technique holds everything on its own, but also coordinates well with sugar flowers and edible laces for an elegant finish.
Yes it will make a glittery mess. Yes, the glitter can last for a few weeks. Or months. But what does it matter? It’s bright and fun and worth it for your gorgeous glam cake.