How to Make Gold Royal Icing

Let's talk about luster dust.

There may come a time in your cookie decorating adventures, when you want to give your cookies a metallic appearance. You know you need Luster Dust, but.....which one do you buy?

There are so many to choose from. Most are labeled non-toxic meaning they are not intended for consumption and then there are one or two brands that are edible. Those babies aren't cheap so you really don't want to purchase something that you may or may not like. 

Because I'm such a sweet person,  I bought a few different brands and shades to try out.

You're welcome!

I started with a tan base (Shown below). Then applied two coats of luster dust, allowing it to dry in between coats. 

1. Sterling Pearl Super Gold. This can be purchased here

2. Edible Hybrid Luster Dust. This is an edible luster dust. You can purchase this here

3. Wilton Gold Pearl Dust. You can find this at most local Walmarts. 

4. Next we have Egyptian Gold. It's my most used Gold luster dust. It can be purchased here.

5. Last but not least we have Highlighter Gold. It gives the best metallic finish. I'm not sure if it's considered a luster dust or not but I've included it.  It can be purchased here

There are many more shades of gold luster dust that can be purchased. Experiment and find which gold you like best. Now, I'm off to sample luster dusts in Sliver!

To see cookies decorated with gold luster dust, check out the links below.

*Luster dust needs to be mixed with a liquid.  Different liquids will yield different results. Curious on which liquid will work best? SweetAmbs experimented with different liquids a while back and talked all about her findings. You can read about that here. If you prefer not to use alcohol you can see alternatives here

 **My go to liquid for mixing luster dust is Bacardi 151. The alcohol evaporates fast, leaving less pitting and leaving more of a shine. 

***Luster dust is considered non-toxic as lipstick and play dough are non-toxic. It is not an edible product. There are a few edible luster dust on the market. If you prefer to use an edible one, the one listed above is a good choice. 

****All of the products used were purchased by myself.  The opinions given are my own and I was not paid or compensated to give these opinions.