How to Cover a Cake with Edible Gold Leaf Sheets


Learn how to cover a cake’s surface with edible gold leaf sheets.

Celebration cakes end up on the presentation table after going through a long journey. Along the way there are so many stops that the driver (the cake decorator), has to stop and pick up variety of different methods. What methods we pick up and combine together, will determine the end result of a cake differently. As a cake decorator we have to train our selves on how to select the right methods for the job. To do this right, we have to pick up and equip ourselves with as many methods as possible so that we can have the knowledge for a particular journey. In this tutorial, Serdar will give you one more choice to use on your cake journeys and that is, how to cover a cake with edible gold leaf transfers.

This tutorial comes with an Edible Gold Leaf Sheets Calculator.

Applying the Golf Leaf Sheets - First Layer
Applying the Golf Leaf Sheets - Second Layer
Applying the Golf Leaf Sheets - Third Layer
Patching Work
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Measuring Tape Shop Online
Turn Table
Cotton Buds
Cotton Buds
Edible Gold Leaf Transfers (24k) Shop Online
80mm x 80mm
Edible gold leaf transfers are super thing sheets of real gold that can be used to cover a cake. Here's a video on how gold leaf transfers are made.
A Coated Cake
Left overnight to completely dry the fondant.
Tissue Paper
Recipes & Ingredients
Pastry Margarine Shop Online
This hard margarine is a type of vegetable shortening used to make puff pastry and other pastries. While you might find a similar product from a supermarket, it would probably be quite costly. It is recommended to be purchased from a wholesaler. Here are a couple of links to 2 Australian wholesalers. Frutex and EOI.


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