How To Get My Fondant "plastic" Shiny

Decorating By DianeLynn31 Updated 4 Sep 2010 , 3:05pm by DianeLynn31

DianeLynn31 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 1:52pm
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Help! I have a cake due in 1 week and it's going to be my biggest one yet. I am looking for tips on how to get the plastic effect. I have heard to mix piping gel and vodka and then air brush it on the cake when it's all done and decorated.

Does anyone know if this works?? If so - what are the ratio's for the gel and vodka??

Any advice would be great!!

13 replies
Rach80 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 2:08pm
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I've always heard to steam it with a hand held steamer, I've never tried it myself though. icon_redface.gif

mike83 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 11:53pm
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I have used a steamer a few times and it has worked great. You just have to be careful not to get too close or keep it on too long or it will start melting. Also, watch out for water droplets off the steamer onto the cake. If you check out my spongebob cake it turned out pretty shiny. Oh and if you don't have one, walmart sells a conair for like $25 that works great. Good luck

careylynn Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 12:11am
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I have sprayed canola oil and brushed it on gently. It worked nicely.

KimAZ Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 3:33am
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I've used just plain 'ol water painted on and it made the fondant look shiney, especially black fondant.


andreamen1 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 3:59am
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I use equal parts corn syrup and vodka makes it shiny when it dries it's not sticky at all HTH icon_smile.gif

bmoser24 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 4:28am
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I found this recipe, even though I have never tried it ~
Edible Varnish

1 TBS water
1 TBS gelatin
1 TBS glucose or corn syrup

Babs1964 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 5:20am
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Thats one more thing I've learnt from CC'ers!

BlessP Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 7:44am
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I melt a crisco in the microwave and brush it on the fondant.

Skirt Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 8:18am
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If you don't want to buy a steamer, you can use your iron.... icon_wink.gif

Pickulz Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 9:39am
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I want to try it too..was thinking of trying it with my iron..any tips?

Karen421 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 12:05pm
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Be very careful of an iron, it can "spit" on your cake leaving water marks. Same thing can happen with a pot of boiling water, but they will work. A clothes steam is pretty cheap, I got mine at Walmart for about 22.00. Even with that, let it run for about 5 10 minutes to avoid the "spit". For a super shiny like "plastic", I use the vodka and corn syrup as andreamen1 mentioned. It drys fast and isn't tacky

grandmaruth Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 12:17pm
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Originally Posted by careylynn

I have sprayed canola oil and brushed it on gently. It worked nicely.

I agree, the PAM type sprays i either spray it directly or on some paper towel and brush it far as just has only made a sticky mess for me.
I am going to have to try the vodka and corn syrup tho..

DianeLynn31 Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 3:05pm
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You guys are all awesome! Thanks so much for your advise and suggestions!!! I will try them all to see what I like best. Thanks again!!

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