kissmekate Posted 7 May 2009 , 2:19am
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Hi-
I am doing a bowling alley cake and am wondering how to make the lanes (which will be fondant) look "laquered" or super glossy. I am considering a ligt dressing of crisco, or corn syrup-Any suggestions? Thank you!

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shelly-101 Posted 7 May 2009 , 2:24am
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the crisco might work i have wonderd the same thing

babybundt Posted 7 May 2009 , 2:36am
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i would go with the corn syrup as crisco would not taste good.......

brincess_b Posted 7 May 2009 , 10:01am
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not seen anyone use corn syrup. crisco works, you only need the tiniest bit so its not noticeable, but eventually it will get absorbed back in.
you could use confectioners glaze, it gives the best shine.
xx

nicolesprinkle Posted 7 May 2009 , 10:11am
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You could use Confectioners' Sugar Glaze.

DreamInCake11 Posted 7 May 2009 , 10:45am
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A girl I know that does amazing cakes told our cake club that she used Pam Cooking spray on her fondant to get that laquered look. I've never tried it, but her cakes that she used it on look awesome!

HTH!

ahuvas Posted 7 May 2009 , 10:53am
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my cookbook says to use olive oil spray

gingersoave Posted 7 May 2009 , 11:07am
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I use pam spray to take off all the powdered sugar but it does absorb into the fondant and it doesnt have the super glossy shine that you are looking for. I used corn syrup on my ashtray in my photos, let me see if I can put the photo in here:
LL

CakesUnleashed Posted 7 May 2009 , 11:08am
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Originally Posted by kissmekate

Hi-
I am doing a bowling alley cake and am wondering how to make the lanes (which will be fondant) look "laquered" or super glossy. I am considering a ligt dressing of crisco, or corn syrup-Any suggestions? Thank you!




White fondant designed to look like a wood floor then concentrated icing coloring (brown) mixed with vodka to create a stain. Brush onto detailed white fondant to create a laquered wooden floor design. See the attached photos of what I have done.
LL

CakesUnleashed Posted 7 May 2009 , 11:12am

Other views of wood finishes I've created by using that technique:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=81212

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1268870

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1209803

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=82918

scoobydid Posted 7 May 2009 , 12:41pm

I did a fondant covered board once to make a wood floor and I think all I did was use concentrated brown and paint it on with gin after creating grain lines with a toothpick.

I'm not sure I would use corn syrup. I think it would have a tendency to stay tacky. I tried it once but put it directly onto the foil covering the cake board. Maybe it would be different on fondant.

Anyone use piping gel? I've never worked with that stuff so I can't comment on its effectiveness.

If you're up for experimenting, you could dissolve some clear gelatin and try painting that on. I have no idea if it works.

nonnyscakes Posted 7 May 2009 , 2:10pm

I use clear vanilla mixed with icing color gel. It always dries with a shine.

chanielisalevy Posted 10 May 2009 , 2:09pm

There's a recipe on here for edible varnish made from clear jello, etc. You brush it on when it is warm. It keeps for many weeks in an airtight container. I used it for the floorboards on a backpack cake it it looked great! Try that. Good luck

yamber82 Posted 10 May 2009 , 2:32pm

the jello method sounds like a good idea, unless of course it starts to sweat which will melt the fondant since jello is 99% H2O. i used loooots of crisco on a cake the other day because my fondant was being funky and it all absorbed into the cake within a hour or so, which is what i wanted, but i don't think it would work for what you want. a clear sheet of candy also sounds like a good idea. good luck!

umgrzfn Posted 10 May 2009 , 10:57pm

A little off the subject....sorry. CakesUnleashed...FABULOUS CAKES. Do you have any tutorials on you tube or anything. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ducks with running water!! HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!!!!

cylstrial Posted 11 May 2009 , 12:05am

CakesUnleashed -- I love your bowling cake! It's so cute!!

laneysmom Posted 11 May 2009 , 12:20am

I love using piping gel for stuff like that. You can thin it with a clear extract or alcohol and paint it on until you get the consistency you want.

Agreed--Cakesunleashed, your cakes are awesome!!

SweetMelissa2007 Posted 11 May 2009 , 1:01am

Hi kissmekate,

I did a bowling alley fondant cake and I just brushed on IVORY gel coloring with a foam painter brush (that's only for cakes) and it made it look like the floor boards of an alley and looked shiny. Then when it dried, I was able to draw on the triangle arrows with an edible red marker.

Here is a pic. http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1340538

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umgrzfn Posted 11 May 2009 , 4:59am

I just tried the edible varnish (recipe from CC) and it works GREAT!!!!! I wasn't sure so I just tried it on an extra cake topper that I didn't care if I ruined or not...and it now has a beautiful shine!

CakesUnleashed Posted 11 May 2009 , 5:53am
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Originally Posted by umgrzfn

A little off the subject....sorry. CakesUnleashed...FABULOUS CAKES. Do you have any tutorials on you tube or anything. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ducks with running water!! HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!!!!




Wow! Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words.

For the barrel:

I carved several stacked cakes into a 1/2 barrel cake (remember this was to scale!! BIG!). Then I cut slates out of fondant. I use a pizza cutter and a knife to rough it up a bit to look like wood then I take brown icing coloring mixed with a bit of vodka and paint it onto the slates as a stain. Once it is dry to the touch, I attach to the side of the cake and band together with a black strip of fondant.

The water:

Poured sugar into a clear plastic tube, shaped it and let it dry. Then cut tube and removed hardened clear sugar. Fixed sugar to water hand pump and pushed the other end into the cake. Covered it with clear piping gel.


Have fun!!!

Also, Thank you, cylstrial and laneysmom

umgrzfn Posted 11 May 2009 , 10:00am

Thank you CakesUnleashed for the mini "how-to". Your cake is one of the neatest cakes that I have seen on here! And....TO SCALE....WOW!!!!!!! I can just say one word, AMAZING!!!

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