Hi! i am making a cake of a kitchen. I want the countertops to look like granite and the appliances like stainless steel. what can i do to make those peices shine? what should I make them out of?
If you make them out of fondant and then coat them with luster dust, they will be shiney.
I would probably mix silver luster dust with vodka or some type of extract- any flavor then brush on the stainless steel.. I'd have this covered first with grey fondant or buttercream so it will have a definite silver/grey look.
For the granite, there is a new product I just found that produces a high shine... it is called confectioner's glaze (you paint this on), or edible spray lacquer. I haven't tried either but was at a cake show this weekend and saw a demo, it is amazing.... it also works as a sort os super glue... spray it on then dust sugar on top or edible glitter... very pretty! I think it would work for this! If you try it, pm me and let me know how it works!! (chefrubber.com) I'm sure you could get it other places as well.
confectioner's glaze is the best way to get a super shine. You can get it other places than chef rubber too.
When I make my fondant pieces I dampen my finger with water and rub them. The sugar melts slightly then dries very glossy. Be sure you wipe them in a uniform direction so you dont have swirls in the top coat.
There's a recipe for "edible varnish" in the CC recipe section. It's useful for making cake car windshields or other "glass" things shiny. It might work on your countertops, too.