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”Cake decorating is about making something sweet and precious,” says Faye Cahill. “We make cakes to celebrate cherished friends and family and to express our love for them. Metallics are a wonderful way to symbolically show someone that they are treasured. Nothing can beat the prestige of pure edible gold. It will hold the spotlight and turn the glamour up to ‘eleven’!”

Gold and other metallics can be used on cakes in endless ways. There are many edibles with a brilliant shine and the applications and possibilities for design are limitless. I am lucky to have a busy cake studio where we work with new designs and techniques on a regular basis. My designs draw on our work in the studio: the cakes we have loved the most and new ideas that have arisen from the working process. The danger of metallics is to overdo it and end up with something more trashy than refined. There’s nothing wrong with gold-on-gold-on-gold, as long as it’s done right. The trick is artful application and an eye for design. Sometimes the best use of metallic is to highlight some fine details with a light touch. Sometimes, a liberal use of pearl, gold and glitter will be exactly the luxurious look that’s desired.

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This issue we've focused on the shiny stuff, sharing step-by-step modern metallic projects plus the golden rules for achieving the on-trend look at home. It's packed with summer themed projects, plus cakes and bakes for weddings, birthdays, kids and more. Learn how to get the perfect shapes when using moulds, plus find out the best ways to write a message onto a cake. Don't miss the chance to win a 2-day Rosalind Miller masterclass worth £450 – get your copy now!