Gold Drip Glaze No Paint Recipe

cake Sep 22, 2019

If you've been searching for a gold drip, silver drip, or metallic drip cake glaze and your painting skills are sketchy like mine, this is the answer you've been looking for πŸ’–. 

There's been a lot of talk around gold and silver drip cakes being hand painted lately. And I have shaky hands, sooo... πŸ˜‚ [hand painting would not work out well for me].

After hours of internet research, I was only able to find ONE recipe for achieving a metallic gold drip. So I tried it. Here's what happened...

1. It worked, so that's a good thing πŸ˜†. The recipe was:

  • 2 T of confectioners sugar
  • 1 T of luster dust, and 
  • Enough alcohol or extract to get the desired consistency

*I was experimenting with this metallic drip (without even a cake to drizzle it on), so I used half of what she recommended. Yeah...because nobody wants to waste luster dust, it is not cheap!

2. It kept drying up so fast that I ended up using wayyy more extract than I wanted to. So I thought I'd add some Karo Syrup (light corn syrup) for shine, since I use it in my mirror glazes.

Well...that didn't work out as I'd planned. It separated 🀦‍♀️. BUT, the alcohol just ran off the syrup, and the syrup did mix with the luster dust and sugar!

Some of you probably are probably shaking your head right now because maybe it should have been obvious that the alcohol would not mix well with the syrup. Go easy on me; I was experimenting, remember? πŸ˜‚

So anyway, this inspired me to leave out the alcohol all together and just use Light Karo Syrup, powdered sugar, and luster dust. 

It worked out better than I anticipated! Here's why:

  1. I didn't have to worry about the lemony taste (if I were actually using this on a cake).
  2. It didn't dry out.
  3. I didn't have to use a whole lot of luster dust!

It didn't seem to matter how much Karo Syrup -or- powdered sugar I added, it stayed silver (it was actually a lighter silver than with the alcohol).

I started with just a half tsp of luster dust, a whole tsp of powdered sugar, and half tablespoon of Light Karo Syrup. Then I just kept adding the powdered sugar and syrup just to see how far I could stretch it.

At the end of the day, it was approximately half tsp of luster dust, 3 tbsp powdered sugar, and 3 tbsp of Karo Syrup (that's what you are seeing in the video) + 1 packet of bloomed [unflavored] gelatin.

Before you try this:

I don't recommended taking that recipe and following it exact. I recommend scaling it closer to the amount you need: 1 part luster dust, 2 parts powdered sugar, and 1 part Karo Syrup. And then just keep adding the powdered sugar and syrup until you have what you need (maybe start with half a tbsp of luster dust for a 6-inch cake). 

  • Mix luster dust and powdered sugar in a small bowl
  • Heat the Karo Syrup on low heat and thoroughly mix in the bloomed gelatin until it emulsifies
  • Pour syrup/gelatin mix into the bowl with luster dust and powdered sugar
  • Add more syrup and powdered sugar until you have the consistency and the amount you need
  • Let it cool a bit and pour over a COLD cake, just like any other mirror glaze!

Let me know if you try this πŸ™.

And PLEASE, if you have another/better recipe for a gold drip or metallic drip that doesn't involve hand painting, I am sure my readers would love to see them. I would too! 

Every tutorial I found during my search ended up with hand painting the gold (even the ones that had titles that would make you think you found something πŸ˜ΌπŸ’©).

PS - I am going to see if I can split the Karo Syrup with sweetened condensed milk without skewing the metallic color. I will let ya know! 

You are going to LOVE this recipe because:

  • You don't need to use an astronomical amount of your precious luster dust πŸ’–
  • You will get a more authentic looking shiny drip glaze without the hassle of hand-painting 😎



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