Making Fondant Shiny.

Decorating By Dorilee Updated 18 Dec 2009 , 6:32pm by bakingatthebeach

Dorilee Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 7:29pm
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Hello everyone. This is the first time I'm doing this so I hope its right. I need to know how to make the fondant shiny. Can anyone help me?

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Brownie1954 Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 7:37pm
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Hi...after covering your cake with the fondant, (I take it this is when you want it shiny?) take a paper towel, and very lightly apply some crisco to the fondant....Just lightly enough to give it a sheen....Brownie

Dorilee Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 7:41pm
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Thank you

creations Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 7:57pm
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oh thanks i was looking for a new way , thanks

Cakepro Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 8:48am
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Just spray it with Pam and even it out with a soft paintbrush.

Easy peasy.

nunnun Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 9:36am
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I had this question once and I got the advice to let a little steam hit it and it worked. It gave it that real shine you see on cakes. PS it begins to shine quickly so dont get too close with the steam. just the mere sense of the steam near it causes the shine.

irenemurray Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 11:44am
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What do you use to get the steam?

cookiecuttersweet Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 11:57am
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If you are wanting a really shiny effect you can brush piping gel onto it . icon_smile.gif

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 11:58am
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Depending on how much you need for steam, a hand hold steamer they advertise for cleaning would get it done.

If you need big stuff for a business, I would look at floor steamers that have extensions and other paraphernalia.

My little hand hold does the job on 5 tiers. Gum paste, I just use the tea kettle.

juststarted Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 1:38am
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applying shortning is a neat trick! thanks Brownie1954

tguegirl Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 1:42am
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Does the shininess last when you use a steamer? I think I've read responses from people that say it turns dull again after a day once you've steamed it.

Bel_Anne Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 1:56am
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some 'shimmer' dusts when mixed with clear alcohol (vodka, clear vanilla extract,) add only shine... Especially if you use a white or pearl.. the cheaper the shimmer dust, it'll probably work as a 'shiner' rather than a 'shimmier' (haha).

Cakepro Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 2:32am
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Here's a cake I did last weekend with Pam on it for shininess. The mother of the groom said that people couldn't stop talking about the logos (edible images), the shininess, or the fact that it was life-size (the armspam was 2.5 feet across). LOL

juststarted Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 5:40pm
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wow! that really is shinyCakepro!

amberkw Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:35pm
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WowWowzers! So cool. What kind of Pam? Can you use a generic? DO you have to worry about colors running? Does it make the fondant taste wierd? If your fondant doesn't tast wierd already? haha- MIne is yummy. UMmmmm...what else can I ask?

WendyRainbow Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:57am
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Hi! That cake looks awesome! Is the oil your talking about just like a regular vegetable oil, is it a spray oil? I was wondering if you wouldn't mind explaining how you did the logo? Did you cut it out with gum paste or maybe it's painted on?

Cakepro Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 4:07am
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I just use regular, name-brand original spray Pam, which is 100% canola oil. I spray the cake lightly and use a soft paintbrush to even it out. It does not make the colors bleed or run, and it does not change the taste of the fondant (Satin Ice fondant, anyway). It is so shiny that you can see reflections in it.

The main logo on the cake was found on the Internet, which I scaled to the size I needed and printed out as an edible image. It was then cut out with an X-Acto knife and applied to the cake. The other two logos (well, three actually - there is a small side tag that is not shown in the picture) came from my scanning the Astros jersey that the groom provided to me for size, color, and style reference. I scanned those tags, printed them as edible images, cut them out with an X-Acto knife, and applied them to the cake.

Another benefit of the spray Pam is that it removes all traces of cornstarch and really brings out the colors of the fondant. icon_smile.gif

aundrea Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 4:20am
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wow thats one shiny cake! love it.
does applying crisco or pam affect the tast of the fondant?

MIR25 Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 7:37pm
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where do you get the eldible logos?

MIR25 Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 7:44pm
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where do you get the edible logos and words?

Cakepro Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 8:11pm
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I find the logos online and I have an edible image printing system. For more information on edible image printing systems, go to

nunnun Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:05am
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As stated above a tea kettle is what I use.
Didn't know about the Pam. Does anyone know if the Pam add an after taste or smell to the cake? That cake looks great Cakepro.

loopilu Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 11:16am
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I am in London, what would be a substitute for PAM? what is it? icon_lol.gif

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 1:03pm
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Originally Posted by loopilu

I am in London, what would be a substitute for PAM? what is it? icon_lol.gif

PAM is a compressed spray can of oil. You probably have something just like it, just a different name.

Oil, in a can; that is compressed and needs CO2 to get out.


aDBakes Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 8:33am
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Cakepro, this is a wonderful tip for a newbie, thank you also for the info on edible images, much appreciated thumbs_up.gif

Cakepro Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 6:35pm
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[quote="nunnun"] Does anyone know if the Pam add an after taste or smell to the cake? [/quote

If it did, I sure wouldn't be using it on clients' cakes! icon_wink.gif

solascakes Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 2:43am
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That cake is something else,it's so lovely

bakingatthebeach Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 6:32pm
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If you want a satiny look, i used super luster on my bassinet cake in my pics, just dry brushed it on.

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