Fn Wedding Cake Challenge- Grooms Cake Question

Decorating By shell62995 Updated 5 Feb 2009 , 7:03pm by Susie53

shell62995 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 9:04pm
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The food network just had a wedding cake challenge. Did anyone see the poker grooms cake? The green 'felt" for the top of the table was shiny. really shiny! How did he do that. I thought he said it was fondant. Did I hear him right?
TIA!
~Michele

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sugarwishes Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 9:12pm
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I missed that part, I should rewind and see what he said. But I have heard that if you brush the cake with vodka, it will give a really shiny look!

chilz822 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 9:38pm
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I saw one of the decorators using a handheld steamer... that could be it.

shell62995 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 9:57pm
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I saw one of the decorators using a handheld steamer... that could be it.


I dont think that was him w/ the steamer. I did see someone holding a steamer and was wondering why someone would use one of those!

stephaniescakenj Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 10:04pm
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I haven't seen it yet but I do know Buddy Valastro uses a steamer. It gets rid of any cornstarch residue and also makes the fondant temporarily sticky so it's easy to attach decorations on.

shell62995 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 2:22am
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Originally Posted by stephaniescakenj

I haven't seen it yet but I do know Buddy Valastro uses a steamer. It gets rid of any cornstarch residue and also makes the fondant temporarily sticky so it's easy to attach decorations on.


ahhh! thanks!

stephaniescakenj Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 3:10am
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I watched it! that was a great competition. I liked Buddy's cake the best and he also did the poker groom's cake. Of course I missed how he made it so shiney though icon_rolleyes.gif I think it might be the steamer. I know when I make gumpaste flowers, i steam the petals to set the color. If I hold it too long, the petal gets super shiney so I think he made the top of gumpaste and over steamed it.

Ruth0209 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 3:24am
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I thought you brush on gel icing to make the fondant shiny.

Susie53 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 3:27am
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I saw Buddy using a steamer, not sure why though. I loved his wedding cake, it was so elegant and his poker table cake was fantastic!

sugarwishes Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 5:53am
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I saw Buddy use a steamer in a different challenge and it was to make it easier for him to attach fondant pieces to the cake without having to brush each piece individually.

Jeaucl Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 5:35pm
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I was wondering what he was doing with the steamer, that makes sense, that decorations would stick better, good idea.

brincess_b Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 6:08pm
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shineyness can come from steam, brushing with alcohol, crisco (although it doesnt last i dont *think*) or using confectioners glaze.
xx

GeminiRJ Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 6:44pm
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You could always try sending Buddy a PM. He's a recent CC member...mostly to let people know that the decorators aren't always portrayed accurately on the challenges. (Imagine that...FN going for drama at the expense of accuracy?!) He seems incredibly approachable, so you could give a PM a try.

MacsMom Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 3:40pm
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Oh yes, I learned a lot about those challenges thanks to Buddy! (And that famous people have feelings too icon_redface.gif ).

I prefer to mix piping gel with vodka. It gives it shine and it dries without being sticky.

Confectioners glaze smells like varnish and if you you drip it on your work area it's a pain in the butt to get off. Crisco or cooking spray will eventually soak into the fondant. Steam is a fast way to make an entire cake shine.

You can also mix food color with vodka to paint on color that dries without being sticky.

cakesdivine Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 3:56pm
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Will have to invest in a steamer now...LOL! Makes perfect sence!

cakesbycathy Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 5:13pm
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Can someone please post a link to some of Buddy's threads where he discusses the FN challenges? I'd really like to read them.

Thanks icon_smile.gif

cakesbycathy Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 5:53pm
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Thanks for posting the link. I think I started reading the thread but must have stopped before Buddy started posting.

It was really interesting, but all I could think about when reading his posts was the other thread on "paragraphical -ness"
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MacsMom Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 6:23pm
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LOL!! I know.... mixed in with punctuational-ness icon_lol.gif

ZAKIA6 Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 6:32pm
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Originally Posted by sugar wishes

I missed that part, I should rewind and see what he said. But I have heard that if you brush the cake with vodka, it will give a really shiny look!




ive used vodka and it does give it a nice glossy effect.
im not sure if you can tell from the photos though
LL

Susie53 Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 7:03pm
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Originally Posted by ZAKIA6

Quote:
Originally Posted by sugar wishes

I missed that part, I should rewind and see what he said. But I have heard that if you brush the cake with vodka, it will give a really shiny look!



ive used vodka and it does give it a nice glossy effect.
im not sure if you can tell from the photos though




I can tell, it has a nice shine to it.

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