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STEAMER FOR SHINY LOOKING CAKES

post #1 of 21
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Hi....can anyone reccommend a type of steamer to purchase to give the "shiny" look to your cakes? I didnt know if a "regular" clothes steamer would do the trick or if it would be too hot. THANK YOU!! icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 21
I use the "My Little Steamer by Joy Mangano". I love it.

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post #3 of 21
I spray on a lacquer ... 1 part piping gel to two parts water shaken until combined.
post #4 of 21
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THANK YOU!
post #5 of 21
I would go easy on the steamer though, I have seen way to many ooey gooey melted looking cakes.
They always look so sad, like they've been crying.
post #6 of 21
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LOL....No, don't want that. Do you have a reccomendation?
post #7 of 21
I just spray my cakes down with a little vodka, it cleans up any cornstarch residue and after it dries leaves a nice matte finish. If I want a little shine I add some pearl sheen to it.
I personally don't like the wet look though, I have a few pics that are shiny but that's because they had been in the fridge prior to getting their pics taken.
That condensation evaporates and I'm left with a nice dry cake.
post #8 of 21
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I would go easy on the steamer though, I have seen way to many ooey gooey melted looking cakes.
They always look so sad, like they've been crying.

Couldn't agree more. Shiny look for leather, things that are supposed to like plastic, anything at all that in real life is shiny is great--use that steamer! But for ordinary cakes??? icon_eek.gif
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post #9 of 21
For the love of God, step away from the steamer! I agree that if you need a certain effect you should use some kind of glossy effect, but shiny cakes just look like they're victims of humidity.Not good.
post #10 of 21
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Thank you all....I need the shine for a MONSTER TRUCK....for the most part, I don't like a "wet looking cake" either!!!
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post #11 of 21
No problem, but the discussion is allowed to continue...sometimes threads do that, without it being about you personally. icon_wink.gif
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Oh, please pardon all the "CAPS"....a nasty habit due to eyesight....I totally did not take anything personally....thank you again.... icon_redface.gif
post #13 of 21
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Oh, please pardon all the "CAPS"....a nasty habit due to eyesight....I totally did not take anything personally....thank you again.... icon_redface.gif



Holy cow, I had to use a wireless keyboard that controlled a huge screen on the wall tonight at a meeting and my eyes are still crossed. I'm so nearsighted, I swear...

For that cake I personally would use some kind of a glaze that would stay shiny, not a steamer.
post #14 of 21
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A glaze sounds great....remember, I'm a new-bee....make a glaze, if so how??? buy a glaze, if so where??? icon_confused.gif
post #15 of 21
Maybe corn syrup thinned out and brushed on? It would be sticky, though. Here's a recipe for a dessert glazethta might work. I've also used confectioner's glaze before but it loses the shine when it dries out some.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-666119.html
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