cmccann43 Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 3:24am

I am doing a cake with a basketball sitting on a basketball court and need to make it with a shiney woodgrain look. How do I get the shiney effect?

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olleharr Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 3:38am

I use a 50/50 mixture of light corn syrup and vodka. The vodka evaporates quickly and the corn syrup doesn't stay sticky like when you use it on it's own. It dries very smooth and shiny. I used it for a shiny black leather look on this Elvis cake. http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2135042

knlcox Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 1:14pm

Olleharr that's a great idea! I use steam for mine and sometimes I end up with water marks on the fondant. I'll try your idea!

CutieMcCakes Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 6:15pm

ollehar,

are you spraying your mixture on or brushing it on?

cmccann43 Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 1:01am

Thanks Ollehar! I'll try that!

southerncross Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 1:36am

Ollehar, I just brushed the syrup/vodka mixture on some black fondant hydrangea blossoms for a cake due in a couple weeks and it's fabulous. They are like black patent leather flowers...sooo cool. Thanks so very much for sharing this great technique

olleharr Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 1:15pm

Glad it worked for you! I learned of it from someone here on CC. And yes, I just brush it on.

Rosie2 Posted 8 Sep 2011 , 5:18am

Great info, thank you!!!

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