I Just Fell In Love With...

Decorating By Thanksharla Updated 22 May 2010 , 6:28pm by jlkallred

Thanksharla Posted 21 May 2010 , 7:05pm
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....Petal Dust. I am still a beginning hobby caker. I learned how to do fondant roses this week and while at the cake supply store I decided to pick up some petal dust. With some help from the very nice and knowledgeable sales lady I brought some home. I used it today and I am hooked. My roses look so much better. Before they were just stark white, now they look great!!

It's amazing all the different techniques you can use and supplies out there to help.

Well, off to make Michele Foster's fondant for the first time.

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Elcee Posted 21 May 2010 , 10:52pm
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Me too, Thanksharla, I recently discovered pearl dust and am hooked. Have you tried STEAMING your flowers after you've dusted them? Gorgeous! I had no idea it would make such a difference.

jlkallred Posted 21 May 2010 , 11:18pm
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Sounds intriguing! How do you steam the flowers?

Elcee Posted 21 May 2010 , 11:28pm
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Well, I don't have a steamer or anything fancy, I just boil a little pot of water and hold the flower over it for a few seconds. It gives plain gumpaste/fondant a really nice sheen. With the pearl dust it sets it and gives them a pearly sheen. Some people steam whole cakes!

Occther Posted 21 May 2010 , 11:44pm
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If you hold gumpaste flowers over a steaming pot of water, hold them securely. Gumpaste dissolves in water quickly - and there goes all your hard work. I purchased a travel type steamer and use it to steam my flowers.

Thanksharla Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:20am
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Originally Posted by Elcee

Me too, Thanksharla, I recently discovered pearl dust and am hooked. Have you tried STEAMING your flowers after you've dusted them? Gorgeous! I had no idea it would make such a difference.




I have not steamed any flowers yet. I probably made too many flowers for this cake coming up so I should try to do that with any extras.

mamawrobin Posted 22 May 2010 , 2:44am
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Originally Posted by Elcee

Well, I don't have a steamer or anything fancy, I just boil a little pot of water and hold the flower over it for a few seconds. It gives plain gumpaste/fondant a really nice sheen. With the pearl dust it sets it and gives them a pearly sheen. Some people steam whole cakes!




Hi Elcee...I steam my cakes icon_lol.gif

tesso Posted 22 May 2010 , 2:49am
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I have been looking into a travel steamer and found one at walmart for about 30 dollars that looked perfect. I am still a little on the fence, I don't need another cake addiction !!! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif

me345 Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:15am
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I heard you can use the steamer from your iron but I've never tried it.

JulieMN Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:52am
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Originally Posted by tesso

I have been looking into a travel steamer and found one at walmart for about 30 dollars that looked perfect. I am still a little on the fence, I don't need another cake addiction !!! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif




So many toys.... so little time!

Elcee Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:31pm
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Originally Posted by Occther

If you hold gumpaste flowers over a steaming pot of water, hold them securely. Gumpaste dissolves in water quickly - and there goes all your hard work. I purchased a travel type steamer and use it to steam my flowers.




Good to know, hasn't happened to me, but I will be more aware of the possibility. Thanks!

Elcee Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:33pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elcee

Well, I don't have a steamer or anything fancy, I just boil a little pot of water and hold the flower over it for a few seconds. It gives plain gumpaste/fondant a really nice sheen. With the pearl dust it sets it and gives them a pearly sheen. Some people steam whole cakes!



Hi Elcee...I steam my cakes icon_lol.gif




...and they are lovely. I like the amount of shine on them. I was afraid they would look greasy after being steamed. I guess I'll be adding a steamer to my wish list icon_smile.gif .

jlkallred Posted 22 May 2010 , 6:28pm
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I actually have a handheld steamer already. I can't wait to try it out!

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