Nasty Glossy Mess!

Decorating By Cazzie26 Updated 24 Mar 2013 , 10:17am by cazza1

Cazzie26 Posted 22 Mar 2013 , 10:30pm
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Hi! Am new here- I hope you can help me!


I (stupidly) brushed my cake, covered in red sugarpaste icing, with a sugar water solution to remove the icing sugar. It now looks horribly shiny and messy. Is there any way to de-gloss the cake, does anyone know?! I am thinking sand-paper! 

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-K8memphis Posted 22 Mar 2013 , 10:40pm
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i do not know--i thope it will dry


but a spirit will work for next time


an alcohol, vodka, everclear, grain alcohol, or lemon extract which is high in alcohol


because alcohol wets which cleans for you then evaporates


hopefully it will dry off for you

Cazzie26 Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 8:26am
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Wow- good tip thanks! I assume it doesnt taste like vodka?!

-K8memphis Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 12:48pm
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ok--it's not supposed to


and it probably fully dissipates a great percentage of the time


and it probably goes unnoticed if it does linger


but i have noticed once in a while myself


but nobody started slurring thier speach or anything but since it's the first part to touch your tongue...


a very light airbrushing of it would probably be best


the lightest touch is the best


maybe a cotton ball with a little on it


keeping the work as clean as possible helps too


and using a blob of fondant to rub on it helps polish it up too


just my experience


hey--test it out on some scraps in different ways/products & see what you think


would love to know how it turns out for you

Cazzie26 Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:02pm
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Ok so my cake has dried out plenty, so I am going with it! It's for a friend's birthday and I am not being paid or anything, so it will do! 


I will try the alcohol thing in future though!

kakeladi Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 9:18pm
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Any liquid in any form will do the same thing. 

One possible solution would be to dust the 'glossy mess' w/powdered sugar.  Make a pouch by putting the sugar into a lg sq of cheesecloth and rub it over the fondant.

CurvyCakes Posted 24 Mar 2013 , 10:08am
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AI always used alcohol to clean icing sugar off, I mostly used gin as it was cheaper and no you can't taste it at all, nor can you get in any way affected by the alcohol or drunk from it. I was quite heavy handed with too.

cazza1 Posted 24 Mar 2013 , 10:17am
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I steam my cake if I have too much icing sugar on it.  This does give it a glossy appearance, though it generally fades with time and as it dries out.  I  have one of those mega steam irons which I hold over the cake.  It doesn't spit drops of water only steam.

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