Shiny Holly...what Can I Use?

Decorating By Kiddiekakes Updated 20 Dec 2009 , 9:20pm by pattycakes55d

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 2:55pm
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I am making holly for a cake due in a few weeks but I want to know what mixture I can paint on the fondant leaves to keep them shiny?


Thanks


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Jayde Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:09pm
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You can do what Buddy does and steam the leaves to give them hat shiny look.

Or you can paint them with piping gel.

Or if you want a silvery paint, just your average silver dust with enough clear extract ot vodka to make a paste and paint away.

Good Luck and I would love to see a picture.

-K8memphis Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:09pm
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Gum arabic plus water--it's three bucks and change from Global Sugar Art.

KHalstead Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:10pm
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if you have an airbrush, airbrush them or even just paint them with airbrush paint.......it always has a sheen that stays (whether you want it or not)

I have a book by Roland Wienbekler and he shows how to make buttercream holly leaves and he coats the inside of the piping bag with green piping gel and then with green buttercream and when they come out they're really glossy and shiny. Wonder if you could paint a thin layer of green piping gel on the leaves or if that would break down the fondant?

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:12pm
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Thanks Everyone..I will try your suggestions!

Cakepro Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 8:43pm
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Holly naturally has very shiny leaves and berries. Confectioners glaze is the best option for a great shine - much better than steaming them (I tried it both ways). icon_smile.gif

DianeLM Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 9:00pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cakepro

Holly naturally has very shiny leaves and berries. Confectioners glaze is the best option for a great shine - much better than steaming them (I tried it both ways). icon_smile.gif



Ditto! Confectioners glaze, hands down!

brincess_b Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 9:50pm
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extra ditto - conectioners glaze is deinately the way to go, it gives the shiniest, crispiest finish.
xx

NikkiH Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:07pm
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I have a book by Roland Wienbekler and he shows how to make buttercream holly leaves...
Could you tell how to pipe the holly leaves? Please?!

mamawrobin Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:36pm
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Spray with pam or crisco spray, both are 100% canola oil. It won't leave a taste and your holly leaves will be very shiny. Got that tip from someone on cc (can't remember who) she has a jersey cake photo posted and had alot of questions as to how she got her fondant so shiny. she said to spray with pam and even with a soft paint brush. This is the best method that i've found, and the results are awesome.

Cakepro Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 7:03pm
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icon_smile.gif I had the Astros jersey cake...but for this application, confectioner's glaze is the best way to go about making GP holly leaves highly shiny. icon_smile.gif

Rusti Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 8:43pm
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make your own glaze with 50% corn syrup & vodka, works great! icon_smile.gif

pattycakes55d Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 9:20pm
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how do you make confectioner's glaze?

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