How Do I Make Fondant Shiny?

Decorating By cakessosweet Updated 17 Mar 2013 , 12:49am by cookielvr13

cakessosweet Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 3:20am
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I need to make my fondant shiny. I don't want it shiny like with a pearl dust. I've heard you can use Pam as a coating. But does the Pam keep the fondant shiny (and not sticky) or does it eventually dull? I am making a cake for a competition so I'm not sure if I should spray it at the last minute or if it would stay shiny if I sprayed it ahead of time. Thanks!

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rookiemommybaker Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 3:33am
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I steam mine! It comes out nice and shiny.

platinumlady Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 3:38am
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when you put shortening on it ... it will start out shiny but dry clear...

I use a clothes steamer that I got at walmart nothing fancy... $39 just lightly steam the fondant & it will be shiny...

andreamen1 Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 3:45am
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I use 50/50 corn syrup and vodka when it dries its not sticky you just brush and let it dry in my photos you can see the results it on the tooth pic hth

KimAZ Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 4:27am
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I've also just painted water on the fondant with a wide, thick bristled brush. Nice even strokes. It works great to make it shiny!


NanaSandy Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 4:49am
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I also use the 50/50 mixture of corn syrup and great!!

Crazboutcakes Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 5:18am
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I use a 50/50 mixture of extract and amicolor and paint the surface that I want to shine. All of my cakes covered with fondant I do this, the color stays beautiful the whole time even 2 days after.. Cakes usually do not last for more than that so I can't give you a full time frame where they look take a look at my pictures just did a converse box that was awsome and there is a few others too.

GeorgiaGingerbread Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 2:28pm
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I use Albert Uster's Lacquer spray. It's awesome! I used several layers on my fondant in my last competition piece and it leaves such a nice even look.

maitej17 Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 3:03pm
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I've tried adding veg. shortening on it (first to clean off excess PS and then I tried to add shine), but like other mentioned, it dries out and doesn't look shiny any more. I know Buddy on cake boss uses the steamer and if they're that cheap @ walmart, I would consider (at least I'm thinking about it icon_biggrin.gif )


Marianna46 Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 4:07pm
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I find that the problem with anything you have to apply with the brush is that the stronger colors dissolve in the piping gel/water/alcohol-Karo and get all over the lighter colors, so you have to apply the liquid very carefully to avoid this, which is time-consuming. I haven't tried anything else yet, but I'm ready to experiment with Pam, Crisco and the garment steamer that's been cluttering up the corner of my bedroom for months!

Motorhead Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 9:49pm
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i purchased a confectioner's glaze that makes fondant shinny-downfall time consuming and smells when first applied as well as ruins any paint brush used. i've had much better sucess with crisco or veg.shortening. i rub it into the fondant and it leaves such a beautiful shine and does not dry out. advantage is that it keeps the fondant moist-avoiding cracks and no taste/smell! just my humble opinion. i think it might be users choice!! or users preference!! good luck!!

cookielvr13 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:49am
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AThanks for the tip. I recently purchased a small steamer at Bed Bath and beyond for $20. Although I love the shine it gives I've noticed it dulls after a while.

I'm def going to give crisco a shot!

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