How To Make Fondant Shiny

Decorating By Jenniflex Updated 25 Feb 2014 , 3:44pm by Jenny BakesAlot

Jenniflex Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 9:15pm
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I am making a black phone cake. I need the fondant to be shiny like plastic. What would be the best way to do this? Luster dust? with vodka? would I use black?
I've also heard egg whites, shortening..what are your ideas. Thanks in advance.

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DollyCakes Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 9:23pm
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I don't think luster dust would give you the effect you're looking for. I think egg whites would probably do well, but you might test a piece first and see how it dries. Shortening would certainly work, too.

ladawn250 Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 9:37pm
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I saw a cake on here once that was in the shape of a liquer bottle and it was really shiny. The person who made it said she rubbed some vegetable oil on it to get that effect. I've never tried it, but maybe it would work for you.

Jenniflex Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 9:42pm
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ya my concern with the luster dust is that it will look shimmery not shiny. I'm testing egg whites and shortening as we speak ( on a prototype ) and they seem to be drying over time leaving no finish.
If the shortening is going to dry I could rub it on at the last minute but there will be buttons and stuff in the way. I kind of wanted to have to gloss done before adding the details.
Thanks for the suggestions so far, please keep them coming.

jibbies Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 9:57pm
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These two cakes started out all white. I painted them with luster dust and Everclear they turned out very shiny. Is this the look you want?
Hope this helps.


Jenniflex Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 10:10pm
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what is everclear?

Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 15 Aug 2008 , 11:05pm
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According to

Everclear is a brand of grain alcohol (ethanol), available at concentrations of 95% alcohol (190 proof) and 75.5% (151 proof)


clopin0 Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 5:00am
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I've used both shortening and piping gel to make the fondant shiny.

Tashablueyes Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 5:06am
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you can take a lint free cloth like a tea towel and get it a little damp and sort of "polish" the fondant. I've done it and it works pretty well, I think because it's melting the sugar? I also have done corn syrup mixed with vodka and brushed it on, but I don't know if that would work on a large surface because it really melts the outside of the fondant. I say get a small piece of the fondant and try a few things to see what's doable for you. Good luck!

Yomomma Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 3:07pm
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I've never tried this but I have this recipe in my files for Edible Varnish - maybe it'll work?

Edible Varnish

1 TBS water
1 TBS gelatin
1 TBS glucose or corn syrup

wendysue Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 3:56pm
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I too have used Crisco to achieve that effect, although when I did, it was by accident. Too much vegetable shortening while needing my fondant for a Barney the Dinosaur, gave me one shiny dino! lol


Jenniflex Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 4:38pm
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Currently I am trying all these techniques on a prototype. I rolled the black fondant out with cornstarch and it really dulled it, maybe I should roll it out with shortening?
I found this photo, and even this degree of shiny would please me.

Thank you for all the input.

Tashablueyes Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 4:50pm
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oh, if that's all the shiny you need you can easily accomplish that with a little shortening rubbed in. Sometimes my MMF just comes out that shiny and I have to sprinkle cornstarch to dull it a little.

xstitcher Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 7:21pm
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I did a quick search on line and this is what I found:

Spraying Pam:

Several different applications on this forum:

I also remember seeing something on youtube that had a small video on how to make shiny fondant (I think they used steam).

HTH! icon_smile.gif

jjkarm Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 1:01am
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I've steamed fondant before and it worked really well. The more you steam it the shinier it gets. Be careful because if you steam it for too long it can wilt and get sticky but it will dry over time....then it's not sticky anymore. I've let it set for as long as 3 days and it was still shinny. I like to use a clothing steamer because you have much more control. However, I've only steamed parts and pieces of fondant ....not a whole cake, so I'm not sure how that would work. HTH icon_wink.gif

awela Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:00pm
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I just rub around it with the palm of my hand VERY GENTLY!! I just posted one in black it looks like plastic. Good luck!

ladyonzlake Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:22pm
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Confectioner's Glaze it what I used on my Wine bottle cake.

becklynn Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:33pm
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Wow Your wine bottle cake looks amazing! Do you brush the glaze on full strength? How long do you let the fondant dry before you apply the glaze? Thanks

ladyonzlake Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:49pm
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Thanks Becklynn. Yes, I apply full strength with a paint brush and there really is no drying time for the fondant before applying. It's the last step I do.

laurakelly2 Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 7:51pm
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I use crisco but, always use a paper towel to rub it in. Also, using black food coloring mixed with water and painted on give a great effect-shinier than crisco icon_biggrin.gif

deliciously_decadent Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 9:18pm
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to get it really shiny you use clear pipping gel but if just want a nice sheen i use apricot jam diluted in boiling water work really well! just try not to touch it once it is coated in the fondant as the shine will remain slightly sticky and your finger prints will mark on it, but if this does happen just paint a bit more over the spot and it will blend

SugarLover2 Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 10:14pm
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This is some great information! Thanks for sharing.

tcwheeler Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 2:44pm
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Just curious as to what method worked well for the Phone cake. Thanks.

michellesArt Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 3:04pm
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i saw on the ultimate cake challenge that a contestant/challenger used a small ball of fondant and rubbed that over the fondant you want shiny-i've also seen buddy on cake boss use steam a lot. steam would be faster i think. let us know how it all turns out and good luck!

gr8yf Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 3:38pm
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For super quick try Pam spray. A little wiping to even the shine.

tarascupcakes Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 12:44pm
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The left one is the nonsteamed bag. The right one I steamed with a garmet steamer. Took like 5 seconds!! It's great!

dalis4joe Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 6:35pm
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Buddy from Cake Boss_TLC Show... Always steams his cakes and they come out super shiny!!!

cs_confections Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 6:56pm
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Another vote for steaming! I've started steaming almost all of my cakes to quickly clean off the stray powdered sugar. Some cakes, like my recent Mickey cake get steamed a little longer to help make the colors pop and shine. The red and black were dull pre-steam - after steaming his ears were really shiny and red looked great.

JustToEatCake Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 10:13pm
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I've done the shortening method and it looks great but after awhile it dulls quite a bit, not back to what it was before but def not as shiny. The scarecrow in my pics was shortening rubbed and was SUPER shiny but you can see it now.

plbennett_8 Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 4:56am
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Can you steam chocolate fondant, or will it melt?

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