How to Make Gold Fondant

How to Make Gold Fondant (Simple to Luxurious)

Do you know what’s the second-most attractive thing at a wedding besides the couple that is getting married?

The wedding cake!

A decadent wedding cake with a beautiful outlook that matches the surrounding décor makes a bold statement and tells a powerful story to the crowd. One of the trendiest cake-designs for such festive occasions is Gold Fondant.

The metallic shine of a gold fondant cake adds a luxury touch to the entire setting just with this one element!

Curious to know how to make gold fondant and create cakes that seem straight out of a fairytale?

Check out this article for all the fun details of making such beautiful fondant!

What is Gold Fondant?

Fondant is also referred to as Fondant Icing. It’s basically a decorative element that’s used to adorn cakes and pastries.

Made from sugar, water, gelatin, fat/shortening, a fondant may come in different textures. For instance, rolled-out fondant has a stiff clay-like texture while poured fondant comes in thick liquid form.

Gold Fondant is created to beautify the look of the cake in a gorgeous way. It’s a popular trend to use gold fondant on wedding cakes.

Gold fondant is usually created by coloring the fondant with a gold or yellow shade of colors. To make it look shinier and more appealing, some people use luster dust for the best result.

How to Make Gold Fondant:

You can make different variations of gold fondant. You can use edible paint or gold dust, which is the most common way to make gold fondants. For an extra-smooth effect, gold luster spray is your best option.

For decorative purposes, there are different techniques including gold crackled pattern and gold leaf design that makes your fondant party-ready!

In this article, we are going to describe each method one by one:

How to Make Gold Fondant with Edible Paint:

Things That You Need

  • Edible Food Color Of Your Choice (Gold/Yellow/Brown).
  • Sponge.
  • White Mixing Bowl.


  • Take the white mixing bowl and pour the edible color you have picked for your fondant.
  • Depending on your preference, you may choose alcoholic/non-alcoholic food pain for this purpose. Before starting your work, read the labels to find out.
  • For a true gold color, use the gold or yellow shade. If you prefer an antique look instead, mix golden and brown colors together.
  • Apply the color onto the fondant using a sponge and let it dry naturally.

How to Make Gold Fondant With Gold Dust:

Things That You Need

  • Gold Dust.
  • Brush.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Water.


  • Take the mixing bowl and pour some gold dust into it.
  • Add few drops of water to it. Make sure you use as little water as possible. Too much water can thin out the mixture and there’s a chance it might melt your fondant.
  • Add as much gold dust and water as you need to make a thick paste and see if it’s ready to be spread out easily.
  • Use the brush to coat the gold dust mixture on top of the fondant.
  • To fill up the large space use a big brush and a small brush for small spaces.

How to Create a Smooth Gold Finish:

Things That You Need

  • Gold Luster Spray.


  • Take the luster spray can and give it a good shake.
  • Spray the required amount of luster onto the fondant to cover its surface.
  • Once it’s dried completely, glue the fondant on top of the cake.
  • You can use an edible glue or petal flue for this purpose.

How to Make Gold Crackled Fondant:

Things That You Need

  • Cream Brulee Torch.
  • Corn Starch.
  • Confectioner Glaze.
  • Lemon Extract.
  • Non-toxic Gold.
  • Rolling Pin.
  • Smoother.
  • X-Acto Blade.


  • Take the fondant you are going to work on and roll it out on a flat surface.
  • Using the crème Brulee torch, toast the entire surface of the fondant. The toasted surface help with the crackling effect.
  • Cover the entire surface with the confectioner glaze.
  • Pour the gold-lemon extract mixture over it.
  • Let the whole setting dry properly. If not dried, the gold will start flaking off when you try to roll it out.
  • Using your rolling pin, start crackling the fondant in places.
  • Depending on your preference and rolling mechanism, you can keep the cracks as small or as big as you want.

How to Create a Luxurious Gold Fondant:

Things That You Need

  • Edible Gold Leaves (Size: 85×85 millimeters).
  • Hand-Held Steamer.
  • Soft Brush.


  • Take the square gold leafing booklet and hold the edge of that with the edge of your fondant-covered cake.
  • Peel the booklet away.
  • Take another gold leafing and line it up with the previous one.
  • Use the brush to pat on the leaves and make sure they are sticking to the fondant properly.
  • If you accidentally put a leaf too far away from the last one, then fill it up by cutting a thin strip from a square and putting it in the middle. You can keep an entire square aside just for patching the cake up.
  • Continue doing this until the whole cake is covered beautifully.

Tips And Tricks While Making Gold Fondant

1. Before working with your fondant, make sure the surface you are working on is clean and free from dust and debris. To prevent the fondant from sticking to the surface, dust your workstation with powdered sugar, vegetable shortening or cornstarch for your convenience.

2. If you are concerned about leaving streaks while using the luster dust, use a brush to make your work easier. Make sure the brush is soft so that you can add the dry dust easily and don’t require an excessive amount of luster dust to complete the whole process.

3. Before starting to work, it’s a good idea to wear food-safe gloves to eliminate all sorts of contamination. If you are uncomfortable working while wearing gloves, wash your hands beforehand and then coat them with a thin layer of vegetable shortening so that nothing sticks to the fondant.

4. Fondant can be very much sticky and uncomfortable to work with. So, make sure you bring the fondant to room temperature before using it.

5. Once you are done painting or dusting the fondant, don’t use your hand to transfer the fondant over the cake as it might tear this way. Instead, use the rolling pin to lift it and roll it around the cake smoothly.

Final Words

Gold fondant cakes are one of the classiest cakes out there, especially for wedding parties.

The simplicity of such fondants is really breathtaking. Once you know how to make gold fondant, you can use this knowledge to decorate cakes, cupcakes and other baked goods quite easily!

Depending on what type of paint or what color dust you are using, the look may vary from batches to batches.

But regardless, there is something so satisfying about making an entire gold fondant that once you succeed, you will be longing to make the next one really soon!

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