Cake Glitter Comparisons

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Last week I looked at some different metallic edible paint sprays, so I decided to look at some edible glitter this week. These are all REALLY edible ones, not disco dust or other plastic-type, "non-toxic" glitters.

I covered a display cake with three types of edible glitter, but I decided to paint the cake silver to begin with. Glitters only cover so much, so any spaces that were visible had to be silver as well. This helps you get better coverage.

First we have Rainbow Dust Edible Glitter, which is a gum arabic product. It's ground up pretty small so it has a smooth texture when it's put on the cake surface. One container of it will cover about a 4" round tier, so it might not be the most economical choice to cover the entire cake, but it would be good for smaller areas on cookies or on cake pops. It gave me a good flat surface when it was applied to the cake.
Rainbow dust edible glitter on the top tier

On the middle tier I used some of the gum arabic glitter that comes in a larger flake. The color of this one had a pink tone to it, and the flakes gave the cake a bit of a texture. I'd save this type for cupcakes or another use where you needed a sprinkling of glitter, as opposed to a flatter surface.

Flake-style glitter on the middle tier
On the bottom tier I used some silver colored sanding sugar. It was pretty reflective but it was texture-y too. It would work best for an application where you didn't need to put anything else on the tier and you didn't mind it being bumpy. It's fairly inexpensive, though, so it would be good if you needed to cover a large cake.

Silver sanding sugar
The key to putting the glitter on the cake, though, has to be to start with a colored surface. That will give you a better foundation to get a fuller color and will allow you to use less of the glitter without having any visibly "naked" spots.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

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