Luster Dust Substitute???

Decorating By sarkee Updated 25 Feb 2010 , 1:40am by mama2_3

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sarkee Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 4:05am
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I am doing a cake with a fondant number one on the top. It is white fondant and would like to make it "sparkle" a little. There rest of the cake is hot pink, black, and white. How can I make the number one "sparkle or shine" if I don't have luster dust??? Thanks for helping me!

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Eisskween Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 4:23am
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The only thing I can think of would be possibly dampening it and dredging it in sugar crystals. Maybe someone else will have a better idea.

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milkmaid42 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 3:29pm
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I don't remember where I got this recipe in order to give credit, but you might try this:

EDIBLE GLITTER (Brilliantine)
Put two ounces of gum arabic and 1/2 cup water into a double boiler, and stir occasionally while heating over hot water. When melted, strain through a piece of fine muslin ( I think it means cheesecloth), and color as desired. ( Mix light brown and yellow for beautiful gold effect)
Dip a stiff brush into the gum and brush it lightly over pieces of clean, polished glass. Dry in a warm room, or use a SLIGHTLY heated oven
When dry and set, scrape or brush the brilliantine off the glass, and use it as is, or crush with a rolling pin to smaller granules. This brilliantine may be used for spangling cookies or cakes.

I hope this helps you.

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cakewhiz Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 4:08pm
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Mix 50/50 vodka and corn syrup. Paint on dried fondant and let dry for 24 hours for a really, dry to the touch, shiny piece of fondant.

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ibmoser Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 6:07pm
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Wilton makes an edible "glitter" that is widely available and fairly reasonably-priced. It is a large flake that can be crushed into smaller particles for more sparkle.

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TexasSugar Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 6:25pm
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Wilton also makes a pearl dust. You can find it at Michaels and I am sure Hobby Lobby. It comes in several different colors including white/pearl.

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mama2_3 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:40am
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Someone told me to make it shiny you can spray some Pam in a bowl and then use a paint brush to paint it on the number. It will be shiny like plastic, though, not luster dust. I am not sure if this the look you are going for or not. Good luck!

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