How to Use Luster Dust on Royal Icing

Royal icing is a staple in the cake world. However, it can be difficult to achieve that perfect shiny look with powdered sugar and water or egg whites. This article will show you how to use luster dust on royal icing. Royal Icing has always been the go-to frosting for decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

How to Use Luster Dust on Royal Icing

Luster dust can be used to create some stunning effects on royal icing. Luster dust is an easy way to add some color without altering your frosting taste or adding any liquid that can cause your royal icing to become too thin. Read on for step-by-step instructions.

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What is Luster Dust?

Luster Dust is Tree Sparkle’s version of “Diamond Dust” – a product known in cake decorating circles for providing an incredible sparkle and shine to cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.

Luster Dust can be used on Royal Icing or Buttercream. It works by tacking the powder particles onto your surface (with either water or vodka) to provide ground diamonds (the tiniest bits of glitter) which reflect light to the eye. This creates a sparkling effect which makes anything coated with it absolutely shimmer!

What is Royal Icing?

Royal icing mixes egg whites, powdered sugar, and water. This mixture dries to form a hard, white coating that can be used as an adhesive or “glue” for any cake decoration (although it can be too brittle depending on how much icing sugar you use). Royal icing is commonly used to pipe decorations on cakes and cookies, or to attach decorations such as fondant or candy. It can also be used to “flood” an area with a thin layer of icing, which can then be decorated with additional piping or fondant shapes.

Things You Will Need

  • Luster Dust
  • Royal Icing
  • Toothpick
  • Small paintbrush
  • Paper towel

A Step by Step Guide on How to Use Luster Dust on Royal Icing

Step 1

Begin by mixing your royal icing according to the recipe or instructions. You will want it to be a thick consistency so that it does not run off of your cake or cookies. Add more powdered sugar if needed. Once the icing is mixed and ready to use, you will want to add a small amount to the top of your cake or cookie. Using an offset spatula, smooth it out and make sure it reaches the edges of your cake or cookie.

 Royal Icing According  To the Recipe

Step 2

Place a small amount of luster dust into a bowl. Then, dip it into the luster dust and pick up some royal icing using a toothpick. Mix until the luster dust is fully mixed with the royal icing. If you find that the mixture is too thick, add a drop at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Step 3

Take your small paintbrush and dip it into the mixture. Use it to paint your cake or cookies just like you would use icing. Allow drying completely before stacking one on top of another, storing it in a container, etc. This will help prevent the colors from mixing. Can you use food coloring to dye eggs with shaving cream? To do this, whisk 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 10 to 20 drops of food coloring together in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/2 cup shaving cream and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Step 4

Remove the luster dust mixture from your bowl and place it into a paper towel to dry. You may either use this again later, or you can throw it away once it has dried. Please do not allow these to sit in a pile as they will stick together and make a big clump. If you wish, you can leave them out overnight, which will also help them dry faster. I like to save my luster dust and use it again. My problem was, it would get all clumped together and I couldn’t seem to fix it. Here is the solution! You will need a coffee filter, or any paper filter that can be thrown away later.

Step 5

Once you have finished adding the luster dust, allow the royal icing to dry completely. This can take several hours, depending on the humidity and temperature of your environment. However, once it is fully dried, you will be able to enjoy your beautiful creation! Conclusion As you can see, there are many ways to use luster dust to create brilliant effects on your royal icing. While you may have seen this technique used in wedding cakes, it is also a great way to decorate cupcakes and other baked goods.

Tips and Warnings


1. Luster Dust is typically used on top of royal icing, but it can also be brushed onto fondant.

Luster Dust Used  on Top of Royal Icing

2. For best results, mark the area where you want to place the luster dust before applying color to the royal icing. This will ensure that luster dust goes exactly where you want it. You can use a toothpick or bamboo skewer for this step if desired.

3. Use a small paintbrush with stiff bristles when brushing luster dust onto fondant or other delicate surfaces. With your free hand to hold down the piece, so it doesn’t move while you brush on the color, gently brush over the surface until all of your detail work has been covered in luster dust. Then carefully remove any excess with a dry brush or your fingers.

4. Luster Dust will eventually fade over time, but it can be refreshed by applying a new coat of color.

5. Store luster dust in an airtight container to keep it from becoming clumpy or dusty.


  • Luster dust should not be used on food that will be eaten as it is not safe to consume.
  • Always do a small test batch before applying luster dust to an entire cake or batch of cookies to ensure you like the results. Colors may vary depending on the type of luster dust used.
Use a Paintbrush or Small Spoon
  • If you find that the royal icing is too thick, add a drop at a time until you reach desired consistency. Too thin of a mixture will cause the luster dust to run off the cake or cookie.
  • Always allow your royal icing to dry fully before applying a second layer, storing it in a container, etc. This will help prevent the colors from mixing.
  • You can use a paintbrush or small spoon to apply luster dust instead of a toothpick. A paintbrush can be used on cakes, while a spoon may work better on cookies and other flat surfaces.


What Do You Mix Lustre Dust With?

Luster dust is a powder that can add color and sheen to food. It can be mixed with water, alcohol, or airbrush fluid to create a range of different effects. How you mix it will depend on what you are using it for.

How Do I Use Lustre Dust Without Alcohol?

Luster dust is an edible, cosmetic-grade craft glitter. It comes in various colors and adds shimmering highlights to any baked good or cake frosting. Edible luster dust can be purchased at most craft stores, but if you can’t find it, you can use alcohol-based luster dust instead.

To use luster dust without alcohol, gently tap the dust container to loosen the powder. Then, lightly sweep the powder over your desired surface using a soft brush. For best results, use a light hand and avoid applying too much pressure, which can cause the luster dust to clump up.

Can I Mix Lustre Dust With Vinegar?

Luster dust is a powder made to be mixed with alcohol or water. However, when it is mixed with vinegar, it will not form the desired effect.

How Do You Make Edible Paint With Luster Dust?

Luster dust is a type of edible paint. Luster dust can be used to color royal icing and other decorations. It comes in various colors and can be purchased from most cake decorating supply stores.

Mixed  Luster Dust  With Alcohol or Water

To make edible paint with luster dust, mix the desired amount of luster dust with a small amount of vodka or lemon extract. The extract will help the luster dust dissolve and mix better with the royal icing. You can then use a brush to apply the paint to your decorations.


We hope you found this article helpful and informative. Luster dust is an edible powder that adds shimmery highlights onto the frosting, fondant, icing, etc. On cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods, luster dust add gorgeous luminosity while adding sweet flavor without overpowering the taste of your homemade creations!

How To Use Luster Dust on Royal Icing is a great guide on adding this decorative touch to your desserts! Using Luster Dust on Royal Icing is just one of the many baking guides that we have here on the blog. Be sure to check out some of our other posts for more tips, tricks, and recipes.

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