These Cakes Are As Good as (Rose) Gold

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Scroll through Pinterest and you'll find a bevy of rose-gold cakes. With good reason — this blush metallic is everywhere (including maybe on the phone or laptop you're reading these words on). Besides being trendy, rose gold is practical. It's just as versatile as traditional gold leaf or paint but it's one of the few metallics that works with similar as well as contrasting tones.

If you're looking to stay on-trend without going overboard, there are clever ways to use rose gold for your cakes. Start by collecting color samples and putting together three to five shades, plus one or two neutrals like ivory and gray, to see what works.

Try sequins

You can easily add a metallic color by hand-painting the design. For this cake, we added a touch of pink food coloring to edible gold paint mix. Look: a gorgeous rose gold.

Good to know: When you're mixing colors, It’s better to play it safe and make more than you think you need. You don’t want to run out halfway through — if you mix up a second batch, it might not match.

Make one metallic tier

Simple florals and a soft pink tier make a single metallic tier really pop.

Good to know: Rose gold comes in many shades, such as pale Champagne, blush gold, which is more pink; or coppery. Choose the undertone that goes best with the rest of your color palette.

Find some bold partners

While rose gold blends well with soft tones, it works with bright colors too. See how great it looks with the intricate shapes and bright florals here.

Good to know: This technique can be tricky to get right, so practice on a fondant-iced dummy cake. Then you'll be ready for the real thing.

Get naked

Alternate gold-leaf-covered tiers with unfrosted "naked" ones to add a touch of luxe to a homespun style.

Good to know: Gold leaf can be pricey, so if you're working within a budget, use rose-gold elements instead of full tiers — meringue kisses, say, or macarons . A cake with rose-gold sugar leaves and berries nestled among florals will look glamorous but not over-the-top.

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