how to make fondant shiny

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

Rusti Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 8:21pm
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you can make an edible varnish using 50% vodka and 50% corn syrup mixed together. I used it on my poinsettia and was very happy with the results.

tonimarie Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 8:43pm
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here's a post I did a while back, it has some good info!

when you use steam, once it dries, does the shine go away? If so how long do you have??

monbebe Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 8:51pm
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Hello from Greece.Would yoy tell me how we steam fondant?I am new and i would like some infromation.Thanks a lot!

Jessy777 Posted 21 Sep 2010 , 9:35pm
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Luv2Camp35 Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 1:27pm
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I too have used the steaming method. It does work well but do be careful when steaming, make sure to not put steam to close to cake. It will cause it to be sticky and it will run if not careful.

microbiology1 Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 6:03pm
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I have also used spray vegetable oil (Pam) with success. I would just recommend that you make sure the tip is not clogged ahead of time and spray from high (12" +) above the cake so that you get even coverage.

Scarlets-Cakes Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 6:33pm
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Fantastic information, everyone. Love these forums and that all are so willing to help! icon_biggrin.gif

diamonds-and-rust Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 4:26pm
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Will the steam method also work with a gumpaste/fondant mix?

JS605 Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 5:08pm
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On Ace of Cakes, they use steam to make their fondant shiny. I havnt tried it yet, but plan to! It looks like it works for them!!

I would just take my iron and use the steam button...

diamonds-and-rust Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 6:14pm
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I think I'm going to try the PAM and steam method (separately)just to see what happens...I have a garment steamer and see how it goes...thanks!

lonote1971 Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 6:11pm
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Airbrush it with vodka, works great everytime

jagvipers Posted 19 Oct 2010 , 6:15pm
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I just did this - used my steam iron and held it above the cake - worked perfectly!

JanaElizabeth Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 5:45pm
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I start making cakes just few months ago and registerred here just yesterday and can't stop reading... Loved all this informations about shiny cakesicon_smile.gif

cakeyouverymuch Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 6:13pm
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Originally Posted by diamonds-and-rust

Will the steam method also work with a gumpaste/fondant mix?

YES! The 50/50 gum paste/fondant flowers here ( ) were steamed individually. The swan was dusted with pearl dust and not steamed and you can really see the difference.

cakeyouverymuch Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 6:25pm
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Alternatively, the pieces here were painted with vodka mixed with gel colors and petal dusts ( )

Rosie2 Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 5:21pm
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Quick question. Has anyone tried corn syrup with vodka? if so, does it dry at all??

nyqteach Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 7:07pm
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Hi! I know I'm new here, but I have been a lurker for a while and love reading all your helpful hints.... I am driving myself crazy with this -- how long does the shine last for? I have tried EVERYTHING recommended here (straight vodka, vodka mixed with corn syrup, vodka with piping gel, spray bottle water, steam from iron, steam from iron then rapid cooling with a fan) and everything evaporates or dries within the hour and the shine is gone.

The only thing that worked overnight for me is spraying Pam.

Please help!

Am I misunderstanding or are these just temporary fixes that will disappear shortly after application?

Lydia227 Posted 18 Apr 2013 , 9:51pm
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Originally Posted by Yomomma 

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

Cool I was wondering how to make this!  Thanks!

Stevie G Posted 17 May 2013 , 12:29pm
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AThank you ladies for all the info. I'm taking courses but I what I have pictured in my head is definitely ahead of the class

sherox Posted 19 May 2013 , 12:56pm
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AI used clear corn syrup and vodka and brushed it on to the nail polish bottle cake I made last

sherox Posted 19 May 2013 , 12:58pm
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AYes it does ...I just guessed the ratios I used but I'm guessing less corn syrup is better..

Cricket1960 Posted 19 May 2013 , 2:07pm
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canola oil spray is what I use. I apply it with a brush.

imjustme Posted 31 Jul 2013 , 11:27am
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Sooo seriously would the shine in my cupboard work?  I know this is an old post, but am hoping for a reply..Thank you for your time :)

BatterUpCake Posted 31 Jul 2013 , 11:38am
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I just made a cake yesterday with black fondant and a black rose. I used Pam to make it shiny.

sweet princess Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 7:11am
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ANow where do I get this steamer?? Can't wait to try it, had resigned myself to dull looking cakes! I'm in zimbabwe by the way, u can't find most stuff here!!

sweet princess Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 7:13am
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AU can use an iron?? I have that!!

sonyarussell Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 3:31am
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Equal parts corn syrup and clear alcohol work great!  Let it dry, and it won't even be tacky.  You can even add additional layers for additional shine.  AND, the shine LASTS (unlike steaming or whites).

sonyarussell Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 3:32am
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I have.  It dries well.  You can add more coats after it dries at well, and make it even shinier!

daprincessnora Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 4:07am
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AI always wondered how to make fondant shiny.. So 50/50 corn syrup n vodka Or steaming Who takes less time in applying and who lasts longer for like an overnight ?

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