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post #1 of 59
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I am making a black phone cake. I need the fondant to be shiny like plastic. What would be the best way to do this? Luster dust? with vodka? would I use black?
I've also heard egg whites, shortening..what are your ideas. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 59
I don't think luster dust would give you the effect you're looking for. I think egg whites would probably do well, but you might test a piece first and see how it dries. Shortening would certainly work, too.
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post #3 of 59
I saw a cake on here once that was in the shape of a liquer bottle and it was really shiny. The person who made it said she rubbed some vegetable oil on it to get that effect. I've never tried it, but maybe it would work for you.
post #4 of 59
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ya my concern with the luster dust is that it will look shimmery not shiny. I'm testing egg whites and shortening as we speak ( on a prototype ) and they seem to be drying over time leaving no finish.
If the shortening is going to dry I could rub it on at the last minute but there will be buttons and stuff in the way. I kind of wanted to have to gloss done before adding the details.
Thanks for the suggestions so far, please keep them coming.
post #5 of 59
These two cakes started out all white. I painted them with luster dust and Everclear they turned out very shiny. Is this the look you want?
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1158409.html
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1095933.html
Hope this helps.

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post #6 of 59
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what is everclear?
post #7 of 59
According to wikipedia.com:

Everclear is a brand of grain alcohol (ethanol), available at concentrations of 95% alcohol (190 proof) and 75.5% (151 proof)

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post #8 of 59
I've used both shortening and piping gel to make the fondant shiny.
post #9 of 59
you can take a lint free cloth like a tea towel and get it a little damp and sort of "polish" the fondant. I've done it and it works pretty well, I think because it's melting the sugar? I also have done corn syrup mixed with vodka and brushed it on, but I don't know if that would work on a large surface because it really melts the outside of the fondant. I say get a small piece of the fondant and try a few things to see what's doable for you. Good luck!
post #10 of 59
I've never tried this but I have this recipe in my files for Edible Varnish - maybe it'll work?

Edible Varnish

1 TBS water
1 TBS gelatin
1 TBS glucose or corn syrup
post #11 of 59
I too have used Crisco to achieve that effect, although when I did, it was by accident. Too much vegetable shortening while needing my fondant for a Barney the Dinosaur, gave me one shiny dino! lol

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post #12 of 59
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Currently I am trying all these techniques on a prototype. I rolled the black fondant out with cornstarch and it really dulled it, maybe I should roll it out with shortening?
I found this photo, and even this degree of shiny would please me.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1251228&done=2

Thank you for all the input.
post #13 of 59
oh, if that's all the shiny you need you can easily accomplish that with a little shortening rubbed in. Sometimes my MMF just comes out that shiny and I have to sprinkle cornstarch to dull it a little.
post #14 of 59
Hi!

I did a quick search on line and this is what I found:


Spraying Pam:
http://cakecreator.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/making-your-fondant-look-shiny/


Several different applications on this forum:
http://www.cakescanada.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=4655

I also remember seeing something on youtube that had a small video on how to make shiny fondant (I think they used steam).

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post #15 of 59
I've steamed fondant before and it worked really well. The more you steam it the shinier it gets. Be careful because if you steam it for too long it can wilt and get sticky but it will dry over time....then it's not sticky anymore. I've let it set for as long as 3 days and it was still shinny. I like to use a clothing steamer because you have much more control. However, I've only steamed parts and pieces of fondant ....not a whole cake, so I'm not sure how that would work. HTH icon_wink.gif
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