Flashy. Earthy. Mineral-like. These shiny baubles will add elegance to any cake.
This idea came to me while I was living in Asia with my husband. I was asked to make a cake for his team of electrical engineers to celebrate a milestone in a large project. I had no other information and was not given any instructions. My husband knows I enjoy having creative freedom.
What to do?!? Flowers, bows, polka dots… even the never ending fun of colorful sprinkles didn’t seemed to fit the occasion. Still, I wanted to make something fun or exciting or enticing. Something different.
You can never go wrong with shiny bright metallics.
Especially if they are edible.
Materials and Tools
Measure 4-6 oz. of white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
Melt chocolate in microwave in 20 second intervals until it is like syrup.
Stir in between every 20 second heating.
Using your icing knife, spread chocolate on silpat mat.
You can also use parchment paper.
Let the chocolate dry for 20-30 minutes.
Set out 2 bowls.
Pour 1 tablespoon of vodka in each bowl.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of gold luster dust into one bowl, and 1/4 teaspoon of silver luster dust into the other bowl.
Mix luster dust with vodka using your paintbrush.
Paint liquid luster dust onto chocolate sheet with paint brush.
Alternate between both colors.
Then, dip your paintbrush straight into pot of luster dust and paint stripes of color across chocolate.
Paint stripes in each metallic color.
Feel free to add other metallics, e.g. bronze or rose gold.
Wipe some olive oil around edge of circle cutter.
Cut out circles using cutters in varying sizes.
If chocolate attaches to cutter, carefully remove chocolate and set aside before cutting next circle.
When all circles are cut remove them from silpat with palette knife.
Set up your prepared, frosted cake.
-Chocolate attaches to chocolate
-Buttercream attaches to buttercream
-If your cake is frosted with chocolate ganache, attach chocolate circles with melted chocolate
-If your cake is frosted with buttercream, attach circles with buttercream
Re-melt the leftover chocolate or prepare buttercream.
Apply melted chocolate or buttercream to circle.
Attach circle to cake.
Place circles in any formation you like.
Let your creative juices flow!!
Tips and Tricks:
Candy melts will work the same as chocolate.
Parchment paper can be used in place of the silpat mat.
Any clear edible alcohol will work the same as vodka.