In Search of Baking Supplies

October 21, 2009 at 9:16 am 3 comments

To get supplies for the Red Stripe cake, I ventured to Barbara of Pauline’s Cake Supplies in San Jose, California.

barbara of paulines

The shop is tiny but filled with any kind of cake decorating tool you could ever need.  I bought three different kinds of fondant there, along with two shades of luster dust (an edible iridescent powder that is used to decorate fondant).  The owner, Barbara (then who is Pauline?!), was very helpful—thankfully because I had no idea what I was supposed to do with luster dust.  All I know is that it sounds really cool and professional.  Turns out you have to mix it (a VERY small amount–a little goes a long way with this stuff) with vodka or gin first, then decorate as needed.  The alcohol will dry clear and leave the sparkly luster dust behind.

I constructed a “bottle cap” with white fondant and then painted it with the silver luster dust/vodka mixture and voila–an edible bottle cap!



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. SF  |  October 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Mix with vodka or gin? That’s my idea of cooking 🙂
    Actually very good information, I didn’t even know that luster dust

  • 2. Ella  |  October 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I wondered how you made such a realistic bottle cap.
    I’d love to work with some of this stuff.

  • 3. Sean's Favorite Aunt Sue  |  November 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

    So WHO do I decorate as needed after that gin or vodka goes a long way? Sounds like a dusting to me….


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