How to Make Edible Gold Paint for Cakes

Gold is one of the most desired colors in baking. However, the problem with this color is that it can be challenging to achieve without resorting to food coloring. But don’t worry! This blog post will teach you how to make edible gold paint for cakes so that your cake’s design looks as elegant and luxurious as its price. 

If you are looking for a way to add some sparkle to your creations, then read on! We have compiled all the necessary ingredients and instructions here for you in this easy-to-follow blog post. You won’t regret learning these techniques!

How to Make Edible Gold Paint for Cakes

6 Creative Ways on How to Make Edible Gold Paint for Cakes:

1. Plain Edible Gold Powder

To make edible gold powder at home, first melt some butter in a pan. Then add cocoa powder and edible gold dust to the mixture..

Then stir the content in the pan with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Once you get used to this process, you can also increase or decrease the amount of cocoa powder or edible gold dust as per your liking.

2. Edible Gold Leaf

You will need 1/4th cup of plain flour, six teaspoons of cornstarch, four teaspoons of powdered sugar, 1/4th cup of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of edible gold dust, and half a teaspoon of salt. Take a big bowl and put all these ingredients in it; mix them evenly with a spoon. Then take another non-stick pan to heat some butter for this mixing process.

Once the butter has melted down, add 1/4th cup of water to this melted butter and then add this mixture to the bowl containing dry ingredients. Stir the content well in the bowl until you get a smooth, lump-free mixture. You can now apply this mixture to your cake or cupcakes as you desire.

3. Edible Gold Spray

To make edible gold spray, you will need gelatin sheets or powdered gelatin, water, and corn syrup. Take the nozzles of your edible gold spray bottle and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. If using powdered gelatin, mix one cup of water with 1/4th cup of corn syrup in a saucepan and heat it over low heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Once the gelatin gets dissolved in it, take off the saucepan from the fire. Now pour this mixture into your edible gold spray bottle and close the lid of the bottle tightly. Shake it well so that all ingredients mix up properly with each other.

4. Edible Gold Shavings

To Make Edible Gold Shavings at Home,  You Need Gelatin Sheets or Powdered Gelatin

To make edible gold shavings at home, you need gelatin sheets or powdered gelatin, water, and corn syrup. Take one cup of hot water in a bowl and add 1/4th cup of corn syrup to it. Now put this bowl aside for 5 minutes or until the mixture cools down.

Meanwhile, take nozzles of your edible gold spray and soak it in cold water for 10 minutes. Now remove the nozzle from the cold water and dry it with a paper towel.

Once the mixture is cool enough, carefully pour it over the dried nozzle gently. Let the liquid spread on all sides uniformly, and then leave this to sit for about 15 minutes. Once the mixture is set, please take out your edible gold shavings carefully and apply them to the cake of your choice. Use this within 2-3 hours because this mixture will start setting up accidentally after that period.

5. Edible Gold Paint

To make edible gold paint at home, start this process with a clean and dry jar. Next, grind 0.25 grams of gelatin sheets or powdered gelatin in your blender, add 10 ml of water to the blender, and keep it running for about 5-6 minutes until you get a smooth mixture. Now take another clean container to put this container from the blender in it for storage.

Add one teaspoon of water to the container and close its lid. Keep this container in your refrigerator for one hour or until the mixture sets up. Once the paste is set, take it out from the fridge and use a spoon to scoop out some of this edible gold paint. Now take your edible gold paint to decorate any chocolate dessert of your choice.

6. Edible Gold Dust

To make edible gold dust at home, take one tablespoon of corn syrup or golden syrup and put it in a saucepan with half a teaspoon of edible gold powder. Now heat the mixture over low flame until the content gets combined properly as a sticky paste. After that process is done, transfer this paste to a clean jar and keep it in your refrigerator for one hour.

Now take out the jar from the refrigerator and use a spoon to scoop up some edible gold dust, then apply it to your cake or cupcakes of choice. Keep in mind that you can use this within 2-3 hours after making it because the mixture will be set up and will not be able to use after that period.

Materials and Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet or pan
  • Gold luster dust
  • Shortening, butter, or oil
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paintbrush

Instructions: How to Make Edible Gold Paint for Cakes

You May Also Add a Few Drops of Yellow 
Food Coloring to Get the Color You Want.

Step 1:

Mix a minimal amount of gold luster dust into a small amount of shortening, butter, or oil to make the paint.  The color will be pale, so you will have to use it a lot. You may also add a few drops of yellow food coloring to get the color you want.

Step 2:

Place paint into a pastry bag, decorating cone, or plastic bag with the tip cut off.  Snip a tiny hole in one corner and squeeze out tiny dots of paint on wax paper.  Let dry and then peel off and use as desired.

Step 3:

You can also color white chocolate or melted candy coating by mixing in a tiny bit of candy coloring. Add the plain shortening, butter, or oil and mix thoroughly to ensure even coloration.  Once dry, this paint is complex and not fragile like the luster dust paint.

Step 4:

If you want to make the paint look more like gold leaf, mix a small amount of metallic dust with some shortening and apply it as described above. You will need to use pigment powder colors because most luster dust is too shiny.  Too much powder will turn the paint gray, so add a little and mix thoroughly.  

Step 5:

To brighten the paint, add clear alcohol such as vodka or gin (not cooking grade) and mix very thoroughly.  It may take a little time for the alcohol to work into the shortening and dissolve the powder.  

Step 6:

You may color candy melts or white chocolate by adding a few drops of concentrated flavoring oil. Add yellow to make metallic gold and blue for shiny royal blue paint.  Add shortening, butter, or light corn syrup as explained above and mix well.

Step 7:

You can make this paint in advance and store it covered in the refrigerator for several days.  If it gets too hard to work with, remove it from the fridge and sit at room temperature until pliable.

Step 8:

These paints are also nice for decorating cookies or cakes that you plan to cover with fondant or another frosting. They add a nice touch and dry hard, so you don’t need to worry about the added color or texture disturbing your final frosting.

Step 9:

You can also mix some into melted candy melts or white chocolate for a colored coating. Just be sure to use enough shortening, butter, or oil so the powder dissolves quickly and evenly.

Step 10:

Remember that you don’t need much paint because it is a strong color, even in tiny amounts. You should only see the shimmer in the paint when you hold it up to the light.


The gold paint recipe is easy to follow and can be used for other projects. It won’t cost you much money, but it will make your cakes look stunning! With the right amount of time and effort in adding a little bit of this tasty edible gold paint on top of a cake, you’ll have one that people will remember forever.

Hopefully, these instructions helped show how to make edible gold paint for cakes or any occasion soon. If not, don’t worry; we’re here if you need help with anything else!

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