Using pearl lustre dust is an easy way to give individual pieces of fondant or full cakes a shimmery, shiny appearance. Lustre dust is non-toxic and non-staining, FDA approved brands are suggested. Applied as either a paint or as a loose dust, the lustre can be found in most craft stores, candy or cake decorating stores and online. Wilton is the most popular brand of pearl lustre dust.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Colour mixing palate
- Medium paint brush
- Small paint brush
- 1 tbsp lemon extract
- 1/2 tsp lustre dust
Mix the "paint". Using the colour mixing palate, add 1 tbsp of lemon extract and mix with a 1/2 tsp of pearl lustre. The consistency will be that of fingernail polish.
Brush onto the fondant. Using the medium size paint brush, gently paint the mixture over the desired pieces of fondant. Small strokes work better and help maintain even colour.
Allow to dry. Once the paint is dry, to add a shimmery effect use the large brush to dust a small amount of loose pearl lustre to desired pieces of fondant. Use caution to avoid getting pearl lustre on unwanted areas of the fondant.
Mixing and application of pearl lustre
Tips and warnings
- Vodka can be substituted for lemon extract but evaporated rapidly.
- Softer brushes work better when working with loose dust.
- If applying pearl dust to individual pieces, paint and dust prior to adhering to the cake.
- Multiple coats provide better colour results.
- Do not mix pearl lustre dust with water as it is not water soluble.
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