Blow Dryer Same Effect As Steamer?

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cakesrock Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:04am
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I don't have a steamer and want to make my fondant shiny. Would a blow dryer have the same effect? Anyone tried it? I don't want it sticky- what else could I do? Does Pam dry- and how fast?
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metria Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:21am
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I asked a similar question:

I'm not sure about the blow dryer, but other methods mentioned were:

confectioner's glaze
jam glaze
edible varnish
corn syrup + liquor

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icer101 Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:24am
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i would honestly say.... no blow dryer.... on all of sharon zambito's dvd's.. she cleans with crisco on paper towel.. and the wipes again with clean paper towel.. she is the BEST..... i mean in showing this technique...hth

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CakeDiosa Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:25am
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I doubt that a blow dryer would have the same effect since it's the moisture that causes the shine and you probably risk melting the buttercream or ganache underneath your fondant.

You can also paint with a brush and water. It will be sticky at first but will then dry to a shine. See my "Bratz" cake. The black ribbon and cake board were both painted with water. Gives a great shine. I'd post the pic here but I don't know how.

You can always test various methods on a scrap piece of fondant to see which will work best for you.

Hope this helps!

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metria Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:34am
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i tried spraying with PAM and then wiping with a paper towel. unfortunately it got little itty bitty paper towel threads? fibers? on my fondant. you'd have to stick your face right on top of it to see, but i was very let down to have noticed it. perhaps it was the brand i was using.

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TheCakeDude Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:39am
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I ended up buying a cheapo steamer for 20 bucks and it is worth the money. I have found, tho, that spraying straight water through an airbrush if you have one can create a nice shine...

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Texas_Rose Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 5:41am
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I tried to shrinkwrap cookies that were covered with fondant before, and the fondant melted from the heat of the blowdryer. I think that might happen on the cake too.

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Mike1394 Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 7:45am
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Hmmmm hot dry air VS warm moist air. No I don't think it would work.


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MissCathcart Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 2:29pm
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Thanks for asking the question, I was wondering too. A lot of god tips here.

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