Steamer On Cakes

Decorating By majormichel Updated 27 Sep 2010 , 1:33pm by kellyanne1981

majormichel Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 2:46am
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I was watching Cake Boss the other night and notice he used a steamer on his fondant cakes. What does the steamer do to the fondant? I am curious. Do any of you use one.

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rvercher23 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 2:54am
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The steam gets rid of the powdered sugar that might be left over on the cake, and it gives it a nice sheen. It finishes it off and gives it a more realistic look. I use a steamer on my cakes all the time.

SHADDI Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:04am
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it give the cake a glossy/shiny look.
I don't have one but am planning on getting one at some point in time

Briarview Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:19am
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rvercher23 what type of steamer have you got? I have tried here to get a hand held one but they don't seem to have them. The ones I have seen are overseas. Have tried my iron and have had mixed results.

amberkw Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:36am
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I have a small garment steamer from Wal-mart that works fine. You can find larger ones at dept stores in the home section.

majormichel Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 11:24pm
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Thanks for the info.

BlakesCakes Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 12:06am
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I know that you're in NZ, but if the shipping isn't too awful from AU, I found this on Ebay. It's nearly identical to the one I use and I love it.


Briarview Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 2:28am
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Thanks Blakes cakes. You use it for steaming flowers?

Cake_Mooma Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 2:40am
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I use it to remove the "chalkiness" look on cakes and flowers.

BlakesCakes Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 2:46am
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Yes, I steam my gum paste flowers with it. The steaming helps to set and blend the dusted on colors.

You can steam other gum paste or fondant things with it, too, but the shine it leaves is transient.

I roll out my fondant (Ready to roll icing) on a smear of white vegetable fat (in the US, Crisco) on a piece of clear vinyl.
Because I don't use corn flour or icing sugar for rolling out, I don't have the issue of having to use the steamer to get rid of powdery residue.


Briarview Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 2:54am
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Thanks for that. I do have a hand held steamer for windows but there is too much water residue that comes out when I press the button and end up with water spots on flowers etc. I use spay oil when I roll out my fondant and then it doesn't dry out like when you use potato flour/ corn flour. And also I don't have the powder residue. I think the steamer would be good for flowers that are not wired. Will look into the Ebay one. Thank you all.

BlakesCakes Posted 31 Dec 2009 , 3:08am
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Yes, the clothing steams produce finer steam than the house cleaning steamers.

It will work very well on wired flowers, too. I use it all of the time for those.


kellyanne1981 Posted 27 Sep 2010 , 1:33pm
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i have used my iron to steam my cakes i sent out this weekend....omg why didnt i do this b4!!! it was amazing!!!! cant believe the effect and professional finish it creates!!! God Send!!!

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