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How to tint chocolate silver for drizzle on cake balls?

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I have had a request for red cake balls with a silver drizzle. Is that even possible? She basically wants me to tint the chocolate silver for the drizzle on top...

Help! She would like a quote, but until I know what products I'd need (or a back up plan if necessary), my husband won't let me quote her my normal price for 12 dozen. LOL. My business, yet he still thinks he runs it. icon_smile.gif
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I would think you would have to paint it with lustre dust. Maybe you could make a grey drizzle with white and choc. candy melts to start with and then brush on the dust?
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Wouldn't that tint the entire top silver? She was hoping I could only tint the drizzle.

That's why I turned to you guys. I'm just not sure if it's possible...
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"Paint it with luster dust"

You wouldn't brush the entire top. You'd make a liquid paint out of the luster and carefully paint it exactly where you wanted it.

Frankly, there's no amount of $ to make me do it.
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Originally Posted by munchkingirl77

Wouldn't that tint the entire top silver? She was hoping I could only tint the drizzle.




No. You would have to tint the chocolate gray, then drizzle it, then paint just the drizzles with a mixture of silver luster dust and vodka. Seems like a giant pain though, unless you're charging extra for this option. If not, I would just tell her there really is no such thing as a silver drizzle, same as there is no gold drizzle without painting it. Explain the enormous labor involved in painting just the drizzles and that you would need to reflect that in your cost.

...unless, of course, anyone else is aware of an easier way to do it...
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think painting with vodka and luster dust would work. That only works on fondant and royal icing, etc. but since the "chocolate" is oil based the vodka would not stick. I've never tried it, that's just what it seems like to me... You would have to make your drizzle some other material, such as royal icing.
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Originally Posted by traci_doodle

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think painting with vodka and luster dust would work. That only works on fondant and royal icing, etc. but since the "chocolate" is oil based the vodka would not stick. I've never tried it, that's just what it seems like to me... You would have to make your drizzle some other material, such as royal icing.



You are right traci, I tried myself to 'paint' chocolate and the oil content won't allow the vodka, water, or any other medium that I've tried to adhere to it. it won't dry either.
Can you try a drizzle made of RI??
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That makes sense, Tracy. I've never tried it myself. Though I have seen painted chocolate before. In fact, now that I think about it, just this week on the Food N3etwork Challenge, someone made XMas ornaments out of chocolate and painted them with some kind of metallic colors. They didn't go into what it was though.
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post #9 of 18
I've painted chocolate with dust/alcohol mixture. It works, but it works BETTER dry - or mixed with cocoa butter or confectioners glaze.

As for the silver drizzle, you can make a pipable mixture of silver dust, powdered sugar and piping gel, but it takes A LOT of silver and doesn't taste very good. It's better for small accents.
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This is the project that I attempted to paint silver: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1636772&sub=1636777. I ended up spray painting it with unedible paint which disappointed me. But it was the only way I could get it silver after creating the piece in molding chocolate...and that defiantly wouldn't work for cake balls!!
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post #11 of 18
jones5cm, that cake is awesome!!!

Did you try to brush the dust on dry? I find that the dust adheres well to chocolate that's had time to rest at room temp. Freshly molded/handled chocolate, or refrigerated chocolate doesn't do as well.

All the tools in my toolbox cake (page 3 of my pics) were molded chocolate, dusted dry.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

jones5cm, that cake is awesome!!!

Did you try to brush the dust on dry? I find that the dust adheres well to chocolate that's had time to rest at room temp. Freshly molded/handled chocolate, or refrigerated chocolate doesn't do as well.

All the tools in my toolbox cake (page 3 of my pics) were molded chocolate, dusted dry.



Wow Diane! that silver looks great; but what is 'highlighter' dust? is that different from luster dust? I've tried dry dusting too; but find it too hard to get that smooth/even finish - it's like I wipe off what I've already put on it
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highlighter dust is like super strength luster dust. I use it whenever I want a really metallic look.
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Originally Posted by artscallion

highlighter dust is like super strength luster dust. I use it whenever I want a really metallic look.


I looked for it on GSA; seems it's non-edible too icon_cry.gif do they even make a shiny metalic silver medium to put on edible items??
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