Shine On Fondant

Decorating By Mandyjb74 Updated 25 Jul 2011 , 11:58am by Mandyjb74

Mandyjb74 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 5:42pm
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i have been looking at loads of cakes on CC and the fondant always seems to be really shiny can someone let me know their secret to getting a shiny fondant? i have tried edible glaze spray but don't get anything close to this

Thanks in advance

13 replies
jennifercullen Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 7:47pm
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I think a lot of people use a steamer on the fondant to give it that shiny appearance. I've never tried it myself as I dont actually know if you have to buy a proper steamer, I saw them do it on cake boss too icon_smile.gif

I've got the edible glaze spray but haven't tried it yet... I'm not looking forward to it as much anymore icon_sad.gif lol

smbegg Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 8:11pm
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I paint on a thin layer of shortening. This also helps keep the fondant from cracking.


UpAt2am Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 8:20pm
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or you can spray Pam (or a generic version of it) on the fondant to make it shiny. i've done that for a black guitar cake that i did. hth!

dguerrant Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 11:19pm
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use spray oil and a wide soft springgy snaps back in place brush that doesn't shed for large areas and smaller brushes for smaller things. the ingredients list on the can. i have accidentally used some that had water in it which caused the colored fondant to smear onto the other colors when i brushed it.

I believe the shine from steaming actually dries back matte just like a sweating cake, but I'm not sure.

LisaPeps Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 11:31pm
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Originally Posted by dguerrant

I believe the shine from steaming actually dries back matte just like a sweating cake, but I'm not sure.

It stays shiny looking but not "wet look" shiny IYKWIM?

DeniseNH Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 2:36am
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For a quick fix, place the fondant covered cake in the fridge over night then when you take it out it will start shining in seconds. Yes, it will eventually die down but it takes a while. For a shine on smaller areas, I heard you can brush on clear Karo - but that's just for smaller areas and Karo is also wickied awesome for attaching black or dark fondant to white fondant. No bleeding around the edges like you get with water or gumglue.

townsendkyra Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 3:00am
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I use my regular clothing steamer on my cakes for shine. I saw it on cake boss and it really works lol

olleharr Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 3:14am
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I found a tip on CC a couple weeks ago about using equal amounts of vodka and light corn syrup, painting it on with a brush. I tried it and it really does work!! I've tried both of these alone before and they never worked right but together they work perfect.

Rendee Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 3:17am
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if you get bed, bath, and beyond coupons at home, you can find a really good deal for a small steamer!

microunique Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 6:09am
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I always find that steaming a fondant covered cake not only gives it beautiful shine but also removed the powdered sugar left on the cake.

Mandyjb74 Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 6:52am
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thank you all for your helpful comments i'm sure i will try them all till i find what i like best lol
thanks again i'm new to this so dont know the secrets yet

cocobean Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 9:14am
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I couldn't ever understand why the cake boss wanted to steam his fondant cakes. I thought we were trying to avoid the shinny look. That's why I never wanted to put my fondant cakes in the fridge because they end up looking shinny. I have never liked the look. Just my opinion. icon_rolleyes.gif

Mandyjb74 Posted 25 Jul 2011 , 11:58am
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I guess it is a personal choice, i was looking at making decorations on cake shiny not the actual cake

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