Sprinkle sequins

Oh,  how I love a bit of sparkle ! And obviously I love cake . So put the two together and I am in heaven. Had anyone asked me for a gorgeously glittered cake ? No , they hadn't . Had I already purchased the confetti sprinkles and gold dust to make a gorgeously glittered cake ? Yes, I had! 

 So they sat there in my cupboard waiting, patiently, till finally their moment arrived ! One sparkly wedding cake was ordered . But hold on , I hadn't a clue how to use them ! 

Cue Pinterest ! There are stacks of tutorials making the sequin cake look so easy , be warned, it's not so easy. In fact, it's darn messy.  

First, I iced my cake in fondant and let it harden over night. You can't get a nice crisp finish if your icing is soft: the sequins just get squished into it instead of sticking to the outside. 

 

 Fondant iced cake

Fondant iced cake

Next I had the option of using either piping gel or corn syrup, and I picked piping gel. Would I pick it again ? Hmmm, don't think so , it wasn't as sticky as I find corn syrup and didn't seem to go on as evenly . I scooped the confetti sprinkles in my hand and pressed them against the side of the cake. I have seen methods where you can pick your cake up and roll it on its side but that scared the heebie jeebies out of me ! I had a bit of a Pinterest fail moment , the tutorials show the sprinkles going on so easily , I was covered in piping gel and sprinkles !

They didnt cover evenly straight away either, so I let the first layer dry before filling in any gaps. If you don't let it dry you end up moving gooey sprinkles around and get no further forward. You have been warned !

 

 One sprinkled tier ! 

One sprinkled tier ! 

From here on it was pretty easy, I just mixed gold dust and lemon extract to create a gorgeous metallic paint . Using a dabbing technique I covered the whole tier quite quickly.

 Gold painted tier

Gold painted tier

I think that the end result was well worth the sticky fingers, don't you ? 

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I used Claire Bowman gold powder, and  Lakeland confetti sprinkles.

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