Shiny/Glossy fondant cakes?

Decorating By cakechic87 Updated 20 Sep 2013 , 1:37pm by anavillatoro1

cakechic87 Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 1:07pm
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How do you get your fondant cakes so wet/shiny/glossy looking? I've covered a lot of cakes, but mine never look shiny like that. I've used a paint brush with water to wet the whole cake before (to do zebra stripes), but it looks streaky & it eventually dries.


How do they get that wet look? Are they using water or shortening? Or something else?

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leah_s Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 1:28pm
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JWinslow Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 4:50pm
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A clothes steamer works well.  Just hold it far enough away in case it spits.

waggs Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 6:08pm
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Does it stay shiny?  I tried that once and after a few hours the shine went away.

JWinslow Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 8:48pm
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It will dry after a few hours and the shine will dull. 

ShannonDavie Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 10:05pm
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I made a jellyfish cake recently (for fun) that I wanted to look shiny so I rubbed it with vegetable shortening. It worked pretty well and the shine stayed but it kinda made me not want to eat the fondant! I have also seen a cake recently that had a very shiny apple on the top of it. I have never tried it but she got it so shiny by using mirror glaze from this site.

PatrysV Posted 28 Feb 2013 , 12:04pm
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I mix gum arabic with water and then paint the cake with it (thinly). It stays shiny, even when it dries.

bakeadream Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 6:02am
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AHey PatrysV... whats gum arabic.? Thanks

ApplegumPam Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 9:14am
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Liquid Glucose (or corn syrup) thinned down with vodka - paint it on - it doesn't stay tacky but the shine stays...... unlike STEAM which once the condensation has evaporated - no shine!  

anavillatoro1 Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 1:37pm
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AI just use vodka

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