I read an idea that I have not tried before which is to melt fondant in a double boiler until liquid and pour it over the cake, then smooth out. supposedly the finished product will be shiny - has anyone tried this or an alternate option for "shiny". Doing a semi truck cake this weekend. Thanks!
You might try poured fondant. It's something you make. You don't just melt rolled fondant. Or just use rolled fondant and lightly steam it to get shine..
I would use poured fondant, although you can try melting down the rolled fondant. I have several UK cake books which use melted rolled fondant to decorate cupcakes.
Peggy Porschen's Pretty Part Cakes book has details of how to do this. She says to make sugar syrup by boiling 250grams sugar with 250ml water then cooling. Meanwhile, soften 1.5kg ready made fondant by covering with hot water and allowing to stand for 15 minutes. Pour away the water, add 150 ml sugar syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon liquid glucose. Heat in a microwave on medium for about 3 minutes, stir and then heat for another minute. Colour as you wish. I've never tried this but have softened ready made fondant to a pouring consistency before and it worked really well. Good luck!
I appreciate all the advise - thanks for your time!