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How to make Gold edible pearls...HELP QUICK!

post #1 of 36
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I need some quick advise on how to make gold edible pearls for a wedding cake this weekend. The bride just hit me with the idea this morning.

I know that Earlene has a "how to" on her website to make regular pearls dusted with pearl dust.

I am a little upset with the Bride right now, but any help ar advise will be greatly appreciated...as always!

Wanda
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post #2 of 36
Just color your fondant an appropriate color like a dark yellow and dust with gold lusterdust. Are you using a pearl mold?


Amy
post #3 of 36
You can use a round tip like a #4 #5 #6 to make the individual pearls. Roll them up and place them in a baggie with some of the gold luster dust and shake. You can also paint it on using some of the luster dust in alcohol. Your choice!


Amy
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi, Amy!

Yes, someone is letting me borrow a pearl mold. Is there a gold pearl dust or is it a luster dust? Is the luster dust edible?

Thanks!
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post #5 of 36
Hey Amy! LOL

Yeah, there is a Gold Luster Dust!! It isn't a pearl, just a luster! Dust the inside of the mold with a dry paintbrush with the luster dust! Roll your fondant out into a log a little longer than the mold itself. Just make sure to not make the log too thick. You know how to use it right??? Just asking before I type how to use it and you're thinking "duh, I know that already"! icon_razz.gif

Amy
post #6 of 36
Pearl dust will make them shimmer. Dry luster dust will add a hint of gold to white fondant. Or color the fondant yellow for a more golden look. For a real deep gold look (like gold leaf). Make the fondant pearls and mix "super gold" luster dust with a drop of vodka to make a thin paste and paint them. After they dry, dry brush some more luster dust to make them really shine.

Have fun!
post #7 of 36
Thread Starter 
Amy,

No, I don't really know how to use it icon_redface.gif I was going to try to figure it out on my own...as usual. Any advise on this will be greatly appreciated as well. Boy, I feel like a big dummy!

So I can dry dust the mold first? And then what? Do I need to maybe tint the fondant yellow first? Will this give it a shiny-gold color?

Thanks...again!

Wanda
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post #8 of 36
Most definately color your fondant first like maybe a "Wilton Dandilion" yellow first. That's what I use. Or any dark shade of yellow will work fine. Roll out the fondant into a log (not too thick) make sure it's a little bit longer than the mold. Dry dust the inside of the mold, not too light because then it won't show up very well on the final pearl strand. With the mold open wide, press it down onto the log of fondant, push it down and squeeze it closed. Flip the mold over and trim off the excess on the ends and I usually take one of my tiny Pampered Chef paring/utility knives and slide it along the top of the mold to trim off any excess fondant that squeezed out. Very carefully squeeze the mold open with one hand and with the other hand either with a toothpick or a paring knife start at the furthest end of the mold from you carefully pick out the strand until it falls out on it's own. Let gravity try to do most of the work on getting it out of there or else you risk denting the individual pearls if you have to force it out too much. If your fondant sticks which has been known to happen with MMF, I very lightly spray my mold with a non-stick spray and dab off excess spray. (Use that tip only if your fondant sticks)

Let the pearl strand dry a few minutes before placing on the cake if you are placing strands or if you are going to trim them off and use them individually.

This is how I make my pearls! So this is what works for me! Hopefully it will work for you. Try some practice strands now so you get comfortable using it!


Hope this helps.


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post #9 of 36
Forgot to mention also that after your pearls are made and dried a bit you can dust more gold dust on them to enhance the color! Okay, I think I'm done now.


Sorry this is all so long. I do tend to be long winded!


Amy icon_biggrin.gif
post #10 of 36
Thread Starter 
Long winded is fine with me. I do REALLY apperciate your help...more than you know.

Wanda
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post #11 of 36
Good luck and I can't wait to see how they turn out, well most importantly, can't wait to see how the wedding cake turns out!


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post #12 of 36
Dear Wandootie,

I'm sure your gold pearls came out wonderful, you got alot of great information in short order.

You asked about the gold luster dust being edible. I did not see an answer written, so please allow me.

Luster dusts are considered Non-toxic for Decoration Only. Use of the dust on the pearls render them inedible. The additives in question are Titanimum Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine and Mica or any combination thereof.

Please check out www. fda.gov
Sec. 545.200 Confectionary Decorations (Nutritive and Non-Nutritive)

So many professional Pastry Chefs, Cake Decorators and home bakers are not aware of the effects of the popular shimmer or pearl finishes requested by brides.

We have a responsiblity to educate ourselves and customers when it comes to food additives. We must remember that we are essentially food handlers and secondary, we are artists.

I'm glad to see you thought about your decoration additives.
post #13 of 36
Thread Starter 
Sure, Fia...anytime!

I would rather be safe than sorry. I will be sure to check out the site that you mentioned. One can never be too educated, right!

Thanks so much!

Wanda
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post #14 of 36
While I am sure no one is likely to drop dead upon consumption of a pearl or two dusted with either gold or silver luster dusts, it IS however important to know the FDA regulations for such products. If they were NOT meant to be used or possibly consumed on confections such as wedding cakes, then these items would not be marketed towards Confectioners!

The quantity that is going to be consumed (pending someone does want to taste such a morsel as a beautiful gold pearl) is extremely minute and will highly unlikely cause cancer or any other harm to the individual who consumes it.

So I say, YES! educate yourself so you will be able to answer any questions that may arise and GO AHEAD and dust those pearls and enjoy making someone's day special!!!


Amy
post #15 of 36
I'll make it easy for you. Here you go!


http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgfod/cpg545-200.html


Amy
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