Emergency- How Do I Make Fondant Shinny

Decorating By bstajcic Updated 4 Dec 2009 , 5:19pm by illini89

bstajcic Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 7:08am
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Hi all, I am making a mermaid cake and i wanted the fondant mermaid i have made to look shinny. Does anyone know what i can use?? ta

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Rylan Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 7:30am
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You can steam it, brush it with water or use confectioners glaze (haven't tried this before). You can also use a mixture of vodka and cornsyrup.

ramacake Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 9:15am
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If you have an airbrush, you can mist it LIGHTLY with just plain water. Let that dry, and do it again, depending on how shiny you want it.

Or you can take a clean lightly damp dish towel and lightly rub over the fondant.

Or you can use a steamer and pass over the fondant lightly with the steam.

CauldronCakeBaker Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 11:32am
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Confectionary glaze would make it really shine, but if you dont have any of that on hand a thin coating of shortening will make it shine too. This also will not make the surrounding area look wet when you dont want it to like steaming can. And you wont get drips in unwanted places either.

Texas_Rose Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 12:02pm
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I would paint the tail with a mix of vodka and icing color. That will give it a shine and it would probably look nice with the tail shining and the parts that look like skin being left with a matte finish.

kse Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 12:41pm
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Spray some canola oil (like the Crisco out of a can) in a small bowl. Then paint it on with a paint brush. Just did this for a cake of mind and it looked great!

-K8memphis Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 2:31pm
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Next time you place an order with Global Sugar Art or whoever you trade with--I know GSA has it--get you some gum arabic and mix it with water & paint it on and you will have shine shine shine. Like less than four bucks.

Chippi Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 2:44pm
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Originally Posted by K8memphis-

Next time you place an order with or whoever you trade with--I know has it--get you some gum arabic and mix it with water & paint it on and you will have shine shine shine. Like less than four bucks.





Thanks for the info on this! I have used water and cannola oil and it was okay but not quite shinny as I wanted, (the fish cake i did). I'm glad there is something out there now. icon_smile.gif

Chippi

learnincakes Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 2:50pm
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The gum arabic works really well, dries hard with no stickiness.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 2:56pm
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Chippi--yeah I made an old fashioned ladies high top button up shoe and it was matte leather with a patent leather toe and I had to dust the patent leather toe with cocoa to take the shine down so it looked old. The gum arabic shines very well. It's the ingredient in edible glitter.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 2:59pm
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LearninC--and I've tried it with alcohol and gum arabic--din work. Water + gum arabic is great huh. And you can speed up the process with a blast from the hair dryer if you want.

Yay, a fellow GA believer!!! <highfive>

Chippi Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 3:01pm
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Originally Posted by K8memphis-

Chippi--yeah I made an old fashioned ladies high top button up shoe and it was matte leather with a patent leather toe and I had to dust the patent leather toe with cocoa to take the shine down so it looked old. The gum arabic shines very well. It's the ingredient in edible glitter.




That makes since! Thanks again and Happy Holidays everyone! icon_smile.gif

mcdonald Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 4:29pm
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I am going to try the gum arabic.... the water idea tends to break down my fondant and / or it gets sticky....

illini89 Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 5:19pm
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WOW, just tried the vodka+ icing color!!!!!!!! WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT

Thank you so much for such a great tip!

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