Shiny Fondant

Decorating By sweetsapphire Updated 15 Apr 2011 , 3:26pm by Angela_Elise

sweetsapphire Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 4:53pm
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How do I make my fondant shiny after I cover the cake with it.

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mamabaer Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 5:09pm
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You can steam it with the steam setting on an iron, but be careful not to get too close to the cake.

CakeARTbyBeth Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 5:11pm
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I have a travel steamer I use. It really makes a difference in the look of the cake and sets everything nicely.

cakesbyrose Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 3:25am
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depends on what the cake is for...the steamer is a good idea, but fondant gets a little mushy...

i had to make a tea pot cake [check pictures] and i wanted a nice porcelain effect, so i mixed equal amount of glucose and clear alcohol and painted all over the pot...looked fantastic icon_smile.gif the brides grandma thought i had placed a real tea pot over the cake icon_smile.gif

CakeARTbyBeth Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 2:32pm
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I love the glucose/alchol tip. Thank you so much for that one. I have a cake coming up that I can use that one on.

lpino Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 2:50pm
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I have tried the steamer and right after I'm done, it looks great but after a little while it goes dull again...
I'll try the glucose/water trick... I also need to make fondant shinny for my daughter's b'day cake and I was about to post the question when I saw it was already there!!!! icon_wink.gif

cakesbyrose Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 9:43pm
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its glucose/alcohol...dont put water else it will get really mucky!

lpino Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 3:03pm
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Right!!!! glucose and alcohol!!!!!
That's what I meant!!


KatBaby2500 Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 3:19pm
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so are you using a ready made glucose solution with vodka? or are you mixing your own water and sugar with vodka?

cakesbyrose Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 10:38pm
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ready made glucose!....i barely have time somedays to eat!!! icon_wink.gif

Crazy-Gray Posted 18 Mar 2011 , 2:17pm
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I make a lot of car cakes which need to be really shiny; confectioners glaze, or edible varnish as it's sometimes called, is great, for complex fininshed cakes a spray is good (just take the spray nozzle off and leave it in alcohol after using or it cloggs) or a paint-on one works great too and can be watered down with dipping solution if you don't want such a shiny finish- you need dipping solution to clean your brush with too (you can buy iso-propyl alcohol off auction websites for cheaper than branded dipping solution).
Hope this helps!

Angela_Elise Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 3:26pm
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I want to make sure I'm understanding this correctly because I want to do a cake for easter in fondant, but I want it shiny icon_lol.gif

If I'm reading other sources correctly glucose = corn syrup (as a substitution ), and I would mix equal amounts of corn syrup and Vodka to make the cake shiny? Can this go through the airbrush, or how do you apply it to get an even sheen? I love the look of the 'glass' cakes, they are so beautiful and this is one thing I definately want to add to my long list of offerings lol Thanks for any/all the help!!! icon_razz.gif

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