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Gold Fondant

Updated on September 17, 2012

A favorite color for decorating cakes for weddings and other celebrations, gold fondant makes an excellent trimming for your desserts. Look for it wherever you buy your cake decorating supplies, or you can make your own fondant in any color you want with the easy recipe below.

Ingredients for Fondant

What you will need to make gold fondant

* 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

* 1/4 cup cold water

* 1/2 cup glucose

* 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening

* 1 tablespoon Glycerin

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* 8 cups (about 2 lbs.) confectioners' sugar, sifted

* Gold or other food coloring as desired or use gold dust food powder

* flavoring as desired

Method

How to make fondant

Combine gelatin and water; let stand for three minutes to thicken. Place gelatin mix on top of a water bath or double boiler; heat, and stir until th emixture until the gelatin is dissolved.

Mix glucose in well then stir in shortening.

Remove from heat just before shortening is completely melted. Add glycerin, flavoring and color. Cool until lukewarm.

Place 4 cups confectioner's sugar in large bowl. Make a well; pour glycerin mix into well. Mix with a wooden spoon. Gradually add remaining confectioner's sugar until stickiness disappears. Knead in remaining sugar until mixture is smooth, pliable and doesn't stick to your hands. Fondant can be used immediately or stored in a cool dry place. If storing fondant for more than one week, refrigerate. Do not freeze. Allow fondant to return to room temperature before using and knead until soft. Yields 36 ounces.

Buy Gold Food Coloring

It's possible to mix colors to get a golden color, see below but it's much easier just to buy gold food coloring to add to your fondant.

Cake Decoration with Gold Fondant

Use real gold dust!

To get that gold tint in fondant, buy some edible gold platinum dust. Roll your fondant into a ball and sprinkle with the dust. Knead dough until color is evenly dispersed. If you want a more pronounced gold color, just add more dust. Gold is an inert metal and is edible. It is added to some liquers to make them sparkle.

To use on cakes, sprinkle some cornstarch on a clean, flat surface and roll fondant out with a rolling pin until it is 1/4 inch thick. With your hands, carefully lift it by its underside and drape over the cake. Use a cake smoother to smooth it out and trim off excess fondant with a sharp knife.

Don't like waste? You can use the excess fondant to make flowers. Roll the fondant into a ball and add some more gold dust to make a more prominent gold hue. Roll out the fondue again, aiming for a more triangular shape. Use the sharp knife to cut 1-inch by 5-inch strips. Run some water over your finger and run it lengthwise along the bottom edge of the fondant. Roll the fondant loosely into a cone shape, pinching the bottom of the cone and letting the top form freely. To attach to the cake, attach a small, circular piping tip to a piping bag. Mix some gold dust and yellow food coloring with some white icing. Put icing in piping bag. Squeeze some icing onto a flower nail and carefully attach the base of the fondant flower to the flower nail. The icing will help the flower adhere to the nail. Insert the nail, with flower attached, into the cake. Repeat until you have attached as many flowers as you want to the cake. You can use any remaining icing to write a message on top of the cake, so be sure to save room.

Mix Colors to Make Gold Fondant - Wilton's Neon Colors

Having trouble finding good gold fondant or the gold platinum dust to make it? Wilton recommends mixing the 2 1/2 in. neon yellow with 1/2 in. neon orange in this package for a good gold color.

So, What Do You Think?

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      Kylyssa Shay 5 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Metallic fondant colors are awesome. I've made gold fondant before but used a different method. I used food coloring to dye white marshmallow fondant to the color of warm yellow called gold and then added the luster dust. It took less gold dust added to the fondant to get to a strong gold color.