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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

5 Desserts To Decorate With Gold Leaf

How to Use Gold Leaf to Decorate Desserts
I'll be the first to admit to anything and everything metallic catching my eye.  Sometimes accessories, always product packaging and without a shadow of a doubt, home decor.  But what about food?  Restaurants have got the right idea: go big or go home.  Most dessert menus these days are nothing short of spectacular, and usually thanks to the elaborate presentation.  No complaints here.  Last Spring, I started experimenting with styling chocolate strawberries with gold leaf, and uh, I didn't stop there.  Gold leaf is super accessible and yet delivers serious style, making it the ideal finishing touch to whatever dessert you're serving up.  Needless to say, you can place edible gold leaf on anything you like (although if you've used it before, you'll know it's a pain in the neck to use - so delicate!), but my top five suggestions?  Read on...
Doughnut Covered in Gold Leaf


D I P P E D   S T R A W B E R R I E S  

My first escapade with gold leaf was using chocolate-dipped strawberries.  If you find the edible sheets very difficult to put in place, covering just the lower half of strawberries can save a lot of time!



D O U G H N U T S

As shown in this post.  Ta-dah!  If you keep your doughnuts in the fridge (shame on you), make sure to take them out for a while before using, as gold leaf prefers damp surfaces to stick to - so don't let it come into contact with your fingers!



C H O C O L A T E   T R U F F L E S

Next on my to-do list, for sure.  Smaller desserts mean less work, but with chocolate truffles the effect is just as striking.  Better yet?  Drizzle chocolate over the truffles first, or dust lightly with cocoa powder afterwards


I C E   C R E A M

Try not to go overboard to avoid overkill and it could be magical.  If you're displaying a scoop or two in a bowl, position a couple of squares of chocolate on the side and also cover them with gold leaf.  Like I said, magical



C R È M E   B R Û L É E

Admittedly, this isn't something I've seen on the menu before - but how I wish it was!  I'm kind of tired of seeing berries awkwardly balanced on desserts.  The large, flat surface could become ten times more glamorous with a small cluster of gold leaf covered fruit in the centre

Gold Leaf Doughnut Food Styling Lifestyle Blogger
I just adore beautifully presented desserts.  Obviously, taste comes first.  But there's no rule that says you ever have to compromise on presentation!  Having said that, I'm just as happy to tuck into a belgian bun without any glitz or glam.  Anyway, as always super looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!  Have you ever tried using edible gold leaf on food before for special occasions?   

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Wow, I've never used gold leaf on desserts before, but now I want to! It makes the dessert look so elegant!

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  2. There is something about anything metallic enhanced that just kicks up the elegance factor a notch and that would definitely include desserts. That doughnut looks totally elevated with the addition of gold leaf Gabrielle! Just gorgeously styled. I haven't tried decorating my food with edible gold leaf but it looks fun. I wonder if it would work on savories since I don't partake in dessert.

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  3. Such great ideas! I've never tried covering food in gold leaf but in Thailand you can buy some sheets to cover the temples with & yep, it's a pain in the ass to stick down without getting your fingers covered in it. But I mean, gold fingers, who's complaining haha
    Love the idea of gold donuts. They could make for some awesome flatlay photos!

    SHANNON VALLE life & style blog

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  4. Oh this post made my so hungry!! I love the idea of chocolate truffles decorated with gold leaf. I think anything with chocolate and gold leaf could look instantly luxurious (and taste like heaven!) Thanks for the delicious suggestions, dear!
    xx

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  5. Oh my gosh, I seriously love this. Can every donut I eat from now on be covered in gold leaf?! I'm obsessed with the Food Network and I always love when they pull this stuff out. My secret passion is gorgeous desserts! And... Now I want a gold donut.

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  6. I am OBSESSED with gold leaf but never thought to use it on desserts. It looks beautiful on donuts!

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  7. oohh these gold leaves make them look that much more delish!

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  8. What a luxurious finishing touch to desserts! I think I need to invest in some gold leaf, it looks so gorgeous!

    Miriam x

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  9. Beautiful details
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  10. Ohhhhh yummy!!!and amazing idea!!
    Nice pics too ;-)
    Have a wonderful day !
    Olivia Poncelet <3
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  11. I love beautifully presented dessert too, even though I dont eat it anymore..What a great idea, this donut looks amazing.

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  12. One thing I love about your blog is your photography and boy do you make the doughnut look so sexy! Gold leaf is something I'd like to try decorating deserts with. I wonder what it tastes like though.

    Madeline

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  13. Hello,

    So lovely !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

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  14. Now I never really thought I'd say this, but that donut looks incredibly chic, hahaha! Seriously though. These gilded leaves make such a difference in presentation and are a great way of dressing up the dessert menu at any gathering. I'll definitely have to consider using them for my next get-together. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  15. I'm like you Gabrielle! I love gold accents on desserts. It always looks so good. That donut looks like a million bucks! HaHaHa So pretty!
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  16. I haven't try it yet but it looks absolutely amazing and super stylish! I love deserts with beautiful presentations but sometimes they look so good that it's hard to eat them hahaha :P

    I love how your donut looks!! Great job Gabrielle!!! :)

    Andrea.

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  17. Such a great idea, it looks so tasty with an extra touch of elegance! x
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  18. How fun! I've never used edible gold leaf before, but you're really making me want to put it on everything lol. It photographs so well!

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  19. I've never tried gold leaf on anything - I've never had it before. I can't say no to a good doughnut though, haha! :)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! The weather has been more bearable this week which is nice, not the crazy high temps we had last week!

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  20. Beautiful pics.. in Portugal we say that the eyes also eat. A good presentation is the first thing that make me choose something...
    Xoxo from Portugal

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  21. Creme brulee with gold leaf would look amazing! It looks fab on that doughnut too, such a good way to add a bit of glam and something different to a dessert x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  22. Such a great post! The gold leaf always looks so pretty on food.

    Gemma x
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  23. I love the gold leaf, it's so much fun and so lovely to use as it adds that special touch on anything! Hope you're well and hope you have a fab weekend gorgeous! :)

    Layla xx

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  24. This gold leaf are so so awesome and look so so elegant. It's perfect way to decorate something during special ocassions I think.
    Have a lovely weekend Gabrielle xx

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  25. It looks royally delicious!!
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  26. The pictures are so beautiful! I need to try all these desserts!

    XO

    Daria

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  27. This is actually the first time I've heard of gold leaf and wow, it makes simple dessert look very luxurious! I have to get my hands on it! I hope I can find it online.

    Anywat, The gold and black in your photos really compliment each other, I love it!

    - Gretch of GG Memochou

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  28. I eat my sweets anytime, decorated or not, but you are of course right, a few specks of gold leaf make it even more appealing.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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  29. Wow, that is the most glam doughnut I've ever seen!! What a cool idea!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
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  30. Wow, that doughnut looks so beautiful! The gold leaf really elevated it Xx

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  31. Oh wow! No I haven't tried it before, but maybe I shall make somthing this Valentines day!
    Kate x

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  32. What a fab idea! You've even managed to make a donut look classy, haha. You're skilled.

    Corinne x
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  33. Definitely gold leaf bring desserts to all another level!
    The first time I ate gold leaf was a couple of years ago in Venice, it was still unusual and I was pretty scared to get some kind of intoxication eating metal! ^^
    Anyway definitely if you use gold leaf on your desserts they became a masterpiece of elegance in no time!
    XO
    S
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  34. It makes the dessert so specials ! It almost look too precious to get eaten haha' !
    I'm not sure I already saw gold leafs on dessert before.
    Love it!
    xx,
    Margot
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  35. It's amazing how gold leaves are able to enhance the looks of some food! I have never used it before but I rarely bake.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  36. Wait, I had no idea there was even edible gold leaf LOL. But I'm also not up on my food presentation skills so there's that. It really does look beautiful though, and so elegant! I worked with the non-edible gold leafing on a branding project and was surprised at how fragile/delicate it was.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  37. I love beautifully presented desserts too. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm sure that using gold leaves is certainly a great way to make any dessert look first class and luxurious. This doughnut looks amazing....so pretty!

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  38. Now that will surely having me drooling!! Omg talk about eating with the eyes. Love!

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  39. I love gold leaf in gastronomy. Though overly frivolous, still! Makes you feel like the 1% hahaha!

    Sxx
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  40. That doughnut looks so cool!

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  41. I'm the same way, I love a well presented dish, it really elevates the entire dining experience! While I've never considered decorating any of my food with gold leaf before, I will seriously think about it the next time I buy some donuts!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  42. This look amazing. I didn't see this anywhere before, so thank you so much for such a big discovery,haha. Amazing post dear, I love your blog very much!

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  43. We had gold leaf during our school's cake festival... And oh boy! I abused it so much XD I used it not only in the cakes but also in so much muffins :D

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  44. Wow! These golden leaves have made the dishes more delicious! I wish I could eat theses.
    Beautiful post!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  45. Oh no, you made me crave so much for desserts! Hahaha. Great and insightful post! Thanks so much!

    xx, Myrra | www.myrrazenkate.com

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  46. It's amazing what a difference adding gold leaf makes, the foody item of choice looks so much more appealing - and expensive!

    Musings & More

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  47. Delicious post. Gorgeous too and the ideas of gold leaf on these amazing treats are wonderful. Great photography as well. xoxo cris
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  48. That donut looks delish! Love the idea of the golden leafs! On ice-cream must look good too :D

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  49. I think edible gold leafing really brings out a luxe aesthetic to anything. I have only used it on doughnuts that I made food-wise. Otherwise I have liked it on glass projects. Beautiful photos! <3 /Madison
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  50. This donut looks so chic! Loving it:)

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  51. Wow, now that's luxurious. I would love to try this one myself too. This seems amazing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  52. Oh gosh this is so luxurious! Kind of having a Blair Waldorf moment huh? Hahah I know I need more of that in 2018 indeed so definitely here for golden desserts. Strawberries with gold sounds absolutely magical, and wouldn't say no to the truffles either. Have a lovely week Gabrielle! Xx

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  53. I've never used gold leaf before but I need to, it looks so lovely! :) xx

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  54. This looks so lush, what a gorgeous way to decorate :) x

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  55. I have never tasted gold leaf!!! but it is never too late to try <3

    Maggie
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  56. Very pretty indeed! I adore these gold leaves served in the restaurants here in Singapore, but been to few stores & can't seemed to find them........ xoxo

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  57. Flipping gorgeous styling and your photography is stunning!!!

    Anything GOLD is a must for me hahah xxx

    Huge Hugs
    Hayley

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  58. What a lovely way to decorate desserts - I am so impressed.

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  59. I must admit it makes the desserts look extra special but I've never felt the need to try it...

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