Make Fondant Pearls Shiny, Not Pearly?

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graciecakes2003 Posted 28 Jan 2012 , 4:52am
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Hi all..
I'm making a last minute wedding cake and the bride wants pearl like balls on the sides of the tiers. I don't really have time to order large dragees (the ones I have are too small), so I am making them out of fondant. She wants them to be shiny, but still "bright white"- not "pearly". So I'm not going to use pearl dust. What's the best technique to accomplish this?
Thanks in advance!

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msthang1224 Posted 29 Jan 2012 , 1:57am
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The only thing that comes to mind right now is to brush or spray the fondant pearl balls with vegetable oil before you put them on yr cake. the shiny will slowly disappear over time but it works.

Another idea would be to use Confectioners Glaze. It smells but after it dries the smell disappears. AND, yr fondant pearl balls will stay shiny forever icon_smile.gif


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sillywabbitz Posted 29 Jan 2012 , 3:07am
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To get shine on anything I use light corn syrup and vodka and paint it on. You can see the wine bottle cake in my photos.
I would use a 40/60 mix of corn syrup to vodka, you might even try a 30/70. The more vodka, the faster it dries but too much and you might not get the shine you want. At 40/60 it takes about a day or so to dry...depending on your humidity. If they're still tacky when you place them on the cake I think you would get finger prints so either paint them well in advance so they have time to dry or place them on the cake, and paint them there.

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graciecakes2003 Posted 1 Feb 2012 , 4:28am
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Thank you so much! I'm going to give them both a try and see which I like better. Don't know what I'd do without the wisdom of others!

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