Worth Your Weight in Gold Cake

Want to send a special message of thanks and appreciation? What better way to show your gratitude than with this Worth Your Weight in Gold Cake! Featuring messaging all around the sides of the cake, this dessert is a great way to tell someone how much they mean to you. Use Gold Color Mist food coloring to take this cake to the next level. Easy to customize with whatever message you’d like, this tasty treat could also be used for birthdays, anniversaries or as a baby or bridal shower cake.
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Step 1

Two days in advance, make banner. Roll out gum paste to 1/8 in. thickness. Using craft knife and hand-drawn pattern, cut out banner shape. Dry flat, face down, on cornstarch-covered surface.

Prepare gum glue adhesive following recipe instructions. Using gum glue, attach lollipop sticks to back of banner. Let dry, face down, for 1 to 2 days.

Step 2

One day in advance, decorate banner. Using large brush, remove excess cornstarch from front of banner. Prepare ¼ cup royal icing according to package instructions. Prepare decorating bag with tip 2 and royal icing. Pipe message on banner; let dry 15 minutes. Reserve remaining icing for later step.

In small bowl, spray gold Color Mist until a puddle of liquid forms. Using smallest brush, outline banner and paint over letters. Let banner dry 8 to 10 hours.

Step 3

Bake cakes. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool three layer cakes. Level, fill and stack for 6 in. high cake. Ice smooth with white decorator icing.

Step 4

Decorate cake. Using reserved royal icing, pipe “thank you” around cake.

Cut a 6 in. circle from wax paper; place on top of cake. Cut strips of wax paper; place under edge of cake to protect surface from overspray. Using gold Color Mist, spray sides of cake. Remove wax paper from top and bottom of cake.

Prepare decorating bag with tip 4B and white decorator icing. Pipe pull-out stars around top of cake. Sprinkle stars with combination of pearlized sprinkles mix. Insert banner into center of cake.

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The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The pull-out star technique can be used for fun, furry creatures, or for textured hair for your cakes.

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