Use Luster Dust On Buttercream?

Decorating By lardbutt Updated 25 Apr 2008 , 7:03am by lardbutt

lardbutt Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 3:37am
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I will be piping scrolls, dots and swirlls on a cake and letting it crust well.

Can I put the luster dust on dry with a brush? Or, do I need to use everclear with it?....BTW, WHAT IS EVERCLEAR? icon_redface.gif

TIA, MessyBaker

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step0nmi Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 3:49am
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you don't have to use everclear...which is vodka! you can use vanilla or lemon concentrate...basically these things are used so that they can evaporate and just leave the luster dust there....I am not sure how well luster dust can be used on bc...I've never tried it!

aligotmatt Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 4:02am
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Everclear is not vodka! Everclear is 95% alcohol per volume, vodka is 40%. It evaporates much quicker. Everclear is a grain alcohol and isbetter for 'washing' fondant and adhearing it, vodka is better for painting.

In my pictures I have a 4 tier gold looking cake with roses on it. It's all buttercream. I let it crust really good and used a big fan brush and swished it around (that's the technical term) and then dabbed it off a bit and lightly brushed the cake.

all4cake Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 4:22am
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technically, it isn't the same thing as vodka...vodka contains additives aka impurities essential to its process whereas Everclear aka Golden Grain(in its' highest 190 proof...available in some states) also available as a 151 proof still higher than most vodkas which are around 80 proof...does not.

the higher the proof, the more rapid evaporation which is what is preferable when doing one step painting (as opposed to multi-step...for instance, dragging colors for shaded effects) on sugar work.

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-39034-paint.html+buttercream

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-fsearch-results.html

lardbutt Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 4:25am
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Ha! And I thought everclear was some sort of vanilla flavoring or something! Well, I will not be making a trip to the "party shop", so I guess I will use vanilla flavoring. I guess I should use clear imitation vanilla?

I hope this will work on buttercream. I am not doing the whole cake, just the piped decorations. The ribbon around the cake is sort of irredesecnt(sp?) and she would like the brown piping to shimmer a bit.

Anyway, thank you ladies! I can't wait to try this!

lardbutt Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 4:33am
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Originally Posted by all4cake

technically, it isn't the same thing as vodka...vodka contains additives aka impurities essential to its process whereas Everclear aka Golden Grain(in its' highest 190 proof...available in some states) also available as a 151 proof still higher than most vodkas which are around 80 proof...does not.

the higher the proof, the more rapid evaporation which is what is preferable when doing one step painting (as opposed to multi-step...for instance, dragging colors for shaded effects) on sugar work.

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-39034-paint.html+buttercream

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-fsearch-results.html



Thanks for the forum link, it helped!

KimAZ Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 5:32am
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I use a crusting buttercream ( all Crisco) and paint luster dust on the details quite often with no problem. I use lemon oil if I paint it on wet. It works to dry paint it too.

KimAZ

lardbutt Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 7:03am
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Thanks!

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