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How to Paint a Metallic Finish on a Wedding Cake

Let chef Michelle Doll show you how to paint a metallic finish on a cake in this Howcast video about wedding cake decorating.


So, this pink is pretty aggressively pink. I'd love to give it a little bit of a metallic finish, to blend in with the rest of the cake, it will make it look really nice and finished.

What I'm using is an airbrushed color, it's actually the Pearl Sheen. You mix it up really, really well, so that all of the metallic sentiments move around in the alcohol. I've got my little pallid here. I'm using a nice, soft brush, really flat edges. What I'll do is start underneath here, and I'm just going to go back and forth. It's nice. It's a really thin paint, so it will give it a subtle, metallic texture. You don't want it to load up so much that you drip anywhere.

Always left to right, never up and down. Unless all you're doing is up and down. It's kind of like crayons, you don't want to disrupt the pattern. It's good, because we want this to look like fabric. So this is going to give it a silky finish.

If you do get some on your cake, on the plain fondant, you can go back later with a wet Q-tip, and it will come right off for you.

I'm going to leave the inside of our ribbon mat, and that's actually going to make it look a little bit more realistic.

And just like that, you have a metallic finish on your fondant ribbon.

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