How to Use Pearl Luster for Fondant

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How to Use Pearl Luster for Fondant
Pearl lustre gives a sparking effect to fondant (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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

Things you need

  • Colour mixing palate
  • Medium paint brush
  • Small paint brush
  • 1 tbsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp lustre dust

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    Mixing and application of pearl lustre

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

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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