nesha Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:13am

Hi CC, I was wondering if you all could help me out, I was watching Cake Boss last night and Buddy steamed a X-BOX cake now my question is for someone at home what type of machine could I use that's inexpensive and that would work as well as a professional steamer....THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

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blondeez Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:18am

Good question. I want to know this also. That was so amazing how he did that wasnt

terrig007 Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:22am

You know it almost looked to me like a clothes steamer I had. I thought about trying it out next time I did a fondant cake.

shanna_banana Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:31am

I didn't catch that episode. What was the purpose of steaming the fondant? I thought moisture and fondant don't mix. Just wondering... icon_confused.gif

bizatchgirl Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:36am

Shanna banana, I didn't see the episode they are talking about but I know with pastels and lustre dusts the purpose of steaming is to sort of blend in the powders so they look more natural, plus they adhere better.

bethola Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:36am

I think it is just a hand steamer. It is my understanding that if you "steam" fondant or gumpaste it "sets" the colors and also makes them more vibrant. Buddy also said last night that it makes the fondant nice and shiny.

I LOVE CAKE BOSS!

Beth in KY

bmarlow001 Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:43am

Darn!! I missed it! I thought it was on Tuesday for some reason icon_sad.gif

tonedna Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:43am

The steam is not to make it wet so it gets sticky is just enough so the colors adhere and intensify. Anything that throws steam will work. The clothes steamer is great cause it has a hose and you can move it easier. But even a kettle would work for smaller details like gumpaste flowers.
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Alice1230 Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:48am

I love the show too! I never knew about steaming.....I think all he had was a clothes steamer.

jeking Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:51am

He used a small hand steamer. That fondant was brilliantly shiny when he finished. It was awesome.

shanna_banana Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 1:20am
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Originally Posted by bizatchgirl

Shanna banana, I didn't see the episode they are talking about but I know with pastels and lustre dusts the purpose of steaming is to sort of blend in the powders so they look more natural, plus they adhere better.




Thanks bizatchgrl, good to know. thumbs_up.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:02am

Something tells me you did not see this on "cake boss." Maybe write again and put spaces in? ...would love to know what your talking about!

bizatchgirl Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:06am

Annacakes, cake boss is the new show (Food Network I think) and it has Buddy V.

I think I'm right. Haven't seen it myself but I heard lots about it before it came out.

Yes, the show is the same name as the software that's always advertised here. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

millionairess Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:16am

HOw long should you steam it for? I have a few fondant flowers with silver luster dust & wud luv to try this out.
Thanks

tonedna Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:25am

Just a few seconds. You dont want them to get too wet
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Neelas_wife Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:28am

Ok this is a very crude way - Hope u folks dont laugh....I took a pasta pot and let the water boil. Turned off the heat and in the top pan set my fondant flowers....for ~2 mins....The flowers turned out very shiny and the colors more vibrant.....This was the cheapest way I could do it...I know this wont work for full cakes but then again it worled for my flowers...Thot I'd share with u all....

tirechic Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:31am

Buddy's show Cake Boss, is on TLC, not food network. He really has some great techniques, and a great sense of humor.

bizatchgirl Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:33am

thanks tirechic, I didn't think Foodnetwork sounded right but I coulodn't think of anything else. Could have looked it up I guess icon_redface.gif

fondantgrl Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:33am

I have tried steaming. It only looks pretty and shiny while it's wet. When it's dry, it's dry.. It looks liken any ordinary fondant.

tirechic Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:36am

np biz, we all gotta stick together on that one, it took me two days to realize what ev1 else was talking about. I kept thinking how are they gettin that out of a software program!!! True blonde, not peroxide poisoning (at least then I would have an excuse lol)

madgeowens Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:40am

On Cake Boss Monday night he steamed with a garment steamer and his fondant stayed shiny because I saw it later in the show when he gave it to the relative...I can hardly wait to try it....he used a hand steamer and did not hold it near the fondant lomng at all...that show will be repeated Monday night at 10 30

madgeowens Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 4:41am

Sorry its on TLC

heavenlybaked2 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 6:23am

he also done it on a challenge once as well, it was down to the last few minutes of the competition, and he needed to get his fondant decorations on, so steam went on the cake and in no time he had his fondant decorations on the cake. pretty kewl!!
cake boss is awesome!!

heavenlybaked2 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 6:33am

he also done it on a challenge once as well, it was down to the last few minutes of the competition, and he needed to get his fondant decorations on, so steam went on the cake and in no time he had his fondant decorations on the cake. pretty kewl!!
cake boss is awesome!!

madgeowens Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 6:40am

I know it was really cool..........I was like OMG I have to try this

RetiredNavyChief Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 1:53pm

I just steamed some gumpaste roses last night, because they looked dry, and OMG they are so shiny and vibrant. They still looked the same way this morning. Now they tell me to dust them and resteam them again. It sets the dust color. Give it a try, but watch it if you do it to long the gumpaste starts getting soft.

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