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Digital Subscriptions > Food Heaven > Issue77 > HOW TO… APPLY GOLD LEAF SHEETS


Leafing is an essential skill to learn and becomes easier with a little practise. Faye Cahill shares her foolproof tips for applying metallic sheets to give you the best results…

Technique Focus

Step-by-Step Guide

The technique on pages 36-37 is taken from The Gilded Cake© 2018 by Faye Cahill. Published by SewandSo, an imprint of F&W Media International Ltd. RRP £19.99, available 29th October from

Many decorators get nervous about using gold and silver leaf, however it only takes a couple of practices to become competent with the transfer sheets, and then it becomes a fast way to add a luxurious feel to a cake. Of course, the material cost needs to be factored into the cake price. Silver leaf is relatively inexpensive, but the golds can add a lot to the cost of producing the cake.

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Texture adds so much life and movement to a design and in the latest issue of Cake Decorating Heaven we show you how to apply it to your cakes to make your creations unique! Learn how to pipe a buttercream basketweave, layer appliqué, create a realistic water effect and much more. Plus try our beginner-friendly succulent cake, read our foolproof step-by-step guide to applying gold leaf and find out how to bake and decorate a giant cupcake for a special birthday! Make sure you don't miss our spooktacular Halloween designs too – your little monsters will love them!