Sparkling / Shimmering Buttercream?

Decorating By t4beatles Updated 8 Nov 2010 , 10:40pm by t4beatles

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t4beatles Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 6:06pm
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Good morning CC'rs,

I did a pink ribbon cake this weekend and tried the Cornelli Lace technique. I like'd it very much! (it's on the sides).

Anyhow... I wanted it to be really shimmery/sparkly since it was the tone on tone (pink on pink) and had a really hard time. I needed to mix something in with the buttercream so I tried all of my sparkly stuff... shimmer dust, petal dust etc... but nothing was working.

Finally had to resort to adding the Wilton sparkling gel in white to get somewhat of a shimmer but no where near what I was hoping for.

Any suggestions on how to do this better? What can I mix into the buttercream to get this result?

I'm going to be doing a Vegas buttercream transfer and would like to make all the letters & borders sparkling.

Thank you for your help!

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Loucinda Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 6:57pm
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Airbrush the pearl spray on it. ( you can use it in a "pump" style bottle if you don't have an airbrush)

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Kaykaymay Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 7:09pm
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but wouldn't that get shimmer all over the cake??? I think she wants the shimmer to be on the lace design only and the "background" would remain a matte finish..

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brincess_b Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 7:14pm
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you cant mix anything into icing to make it shimmer, none of the products work that way, it needs to go on the surface.

for delicate areas, you can brush it on - dry will usually give a nice shimmery finish. (can experiment with painting it on too - avoids problems of dust going where you dont want it! i havent tried for a plain shimmer)

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t4beatles Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 10:40pm
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Kaykaymay - you are correct - I just wanted the lace part to be shimmery so it stood out against the base.

Bummer! Guess I can't do that effect or will have to allow a lot of time to go back over it with something... although I think I'd make too much of a mess.

Thank you for your replies!

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