This cake took hours and hours to make - gold seems to be my Achilles' heel. I just can't seem to buy a product that lives up to my expectations - I would love some input if you have any ideas. First I purchased some gold dust which I turned into paint with alcohol. It looked fine until it dried and then it just looked bland and boring. So off to the store again, where I got gold glitter that would make the 80's blush ;o). But that glitter went EVERYWHERE, but did do a better job of making the cake shine with gold. So the end-result was, hopefully, a sparkly princess for a special little girl.