How to Make a Gold Ombre Cake
Celebrate your Christmas day with an understated and elegant gold ombre cake. There are a few ways of achieving slightly different looks – the first using an edible gold spray for a smooth ombre, and the second using brush strokes and glitter for an eye-catching and fun take on an ombre cake. Read the tutorials below by baking expert Lucy Bruns to find out how it’s done!
1. Roll out the icing to a thickness of 4-5mm and cover your cake, smoothing it all over with the fondant icing smoother to give it a professional finish. Leave the cake overnight to dry out slightly before decorating.
2. Put the cake on the turntable with a thick round cake board (smaller than the diameter of the cake itself) underneath the cake – this will allow you to pick the cake up from underneath without touching the gold paint.
3. Shake the spray can for a few minutes and test the spray on a piece of paper or kitchen roll. Hold the can approximately 6” away from the cake and use even, sweeping movements to spray the very base of the cake with a thin layer of gold, using the turntable to move the cake around as you spray.
4. Continue to spray one very thin layer all around the cake until a third of the way up the sides of the cake. Let this paint layer settle for a couple of minutes before spraying the base of the cake again to make the shade of gold darker at the base. Aim to build up the layers of gold spray slowly and in thin layers to give the cake an ombre effect.
Gold Paint and Glitter
1. Put the cake on the turntable with a thick round cake board (smaller than the diameter of the cake itself) underneath the cake – this will allow you to pick the cake up from underneath without touching the gold paint.
2. Pour a tablespoon of the gold paint into a small container and take a clean, flat paintbrush approximately 2.5cm wide. Dip the brush into the paint and make loose, random brush marks all around the base of the cake.
3. Whilst the paint is still wet, use your middle finger and dip into the pot of gold glitter. Gently dab the glitter onto the paint to stick it to the cake.
4. Decorate your cake with a handmade paper wreath.