Need Gumpaste Help Asap!!!

Decorating By lasvegasmommma Updated 29 Dec 2009 , 5:09pm by victoriacakery

lasvegasmommma Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:02pm
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Hello!

I am making my brother's wedding cake for this Friday and making a bunch of jewel toned gumpaste poppies. My problem is that when they dry, the dark colors look so flat and drab.

Is there anything (edible or not) that I can spray or paint them with to give them a nice shine?

Thanks in advance!!!

10 replies
juststarted Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:09pm
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Petal dust will bring the flowers in life.

lasvegasmommma Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:16pm
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Thank you for the response! I don't want to use petal dust though, as they already look a bit chalky.

_Jamie_ Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:22pm
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Edible lacquer. I am sure there is a cake supply store in your area that carries it. Chef Rubber?

peg818 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:23pm
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You can try steaming them that should bring back a little
of the shine

tiggy2 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:23pm
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Petal dust or luster dust will make it shiney not chalky. You can also airbrush them with the sheen airbrush colors.

Jeff_Arnett Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:26pm
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

Edible lacquer. I am sure there is a cake supply store in your area that carries it. Chef Rubber?


If you don't have/can't get edible lacquer in time, you can place a dab of vegetable shortening on the back of your hand between your thumb and forefinger...body heat will soften it, then use a very soft brush to lightly brush a very thin coat on the petals....they will have a nice low glass sheen that way.

lasvegasmommma Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:30pm
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THANK You for the ideas! I think I am going to try and get my hands on some edible lacquer. or try the shortening trick!

bakingatthebeach Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 4:45pm
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after my flowers dry I just use the lustre dust then steam them over my tea kettle, this helps set the luster then gives them a shine.

CbyA Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 4:56pm
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I ran out of edible lacquer at the last minute the other day and spray them with canola oil, it works!

victoriacakery Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 5:09pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by peg818

You can try steaming them that should bring back a little
of the shine



I always steam my flowers and have no problem with chalky looking flowers.

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