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Fondant steamer?

post #1 of 18
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I recently started working with fondant. There have been a couple cakes that I think could have been made even nicer if I'd steamed them when I was done. I was wondering who out there steams, and what kind of steamer you use. Are we talking a traditional fabric steamer, a special cake steamer?
post #2 of 18
Hi:
I saw this idea of steaming a cake in the Cake Boss show, and since I already had a fabric steamer I started using that. Just a little steam will make your fondant so nice.
Mine is a Conair compact fabric steamer that I bought in Walmart about 2 years ago for "ironing" some gowns. I think it costed about $30.-
post #3 of 18
I use Joy Mangano's Little Steamer, in Canada you could purchase it from The Shopping Channel at $39.99.
post #4 of 18
Hi,

Hope you don't mind me "butting in" to your thread, but I was just wondering what the purpose of steaming the fondant is? Might be a silly question, but does it make it smoother, or is it for a certain look?

Thanks,
Valerie.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by val_nutrimetics

Hi,

Hope you don't mind me "butting in" to your thread, but I was just wondering what the purpose of steaming the fondant is? Might be a silly question, but does it make it smoother, or is it for a certain look?

Thanks,
Valerie.

It gives it lustre
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by val_nutrimetics

Hi,

Hope you don't mind me "butting in" to your thread, but I was just wondering what the purpose of steaming the fondant is? Might be a silly question, but does it make it smoother, or is it for a certain look?

Thanks,
Valerie.

It gives it lustre
post #7 of 18
I used my little clothing steamer for the first time on some fondant this past weekend. I made another Darth Vader cake and I used a lot of black fondant and powdered sugar to roll it out. I dusted most of the p/s off but it was still a little chalky looking....

I remembered seeing on Cake Boss how he steams his, so I brought out a little cheap fabric steamer that I bought YEARS ago....it "melted" all the p/s and gave it a great luster!! I was very happy.
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post #8 of 18
Thanks! I think I'll give it a try on my next cake!
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Big thanks to everyone for the input! I was thinking I could use a normal clothing steamer, but I'd hate to ruin a cake only to find out later that there is a special "cake steamer".

So...one more question. How long do you hold the steamer over the cake. Are we talking a really fast pass or at least a couple seconds?
post #10 of 18
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I'd like to know also how long you hold the steamer over the fondant - and how close to the fondant do you hold it?
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post #11 of 18
I used a travel sized steamer on college logo fondant pieces and it was wonderful. It took maybe two seconds to restore.
post #12 of 18
You could try your steamer on a scrap of fondant and see how much steam yours puts out and how close it needs to be. Each brand and style may put out a different amount of steam. My little travel steamer does not put out a gush of steam, in fact you can barely see it.
post #13 of 18
You could try your steamer on a scrap of fondant and see how much steam yours puts out and how close it needs to be. Each brand and style may put out a different amount of steam. My little travel steamer does not put out a gush of steam, in fact you can barely see it.
post #14 of 18
Yeah, my steamer is not big, and you don't really see steam gushing out of it either. I actually put it pretty close to the cake, for a few seconds until I could see the results I wanted, then I slowly moved it around the cake. It didn't take much more than a minute or so to do the whole cake.

I agree that maybe you should test the steamer on a fondant scrap right before you use it on the actual cake.
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I'd rather see badly done cake than well done styrofoam.
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You don't HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul...you HAVE a body. C.S. Lewis
I'd rather see badly done cake than well done styrofoam.
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post #15 of 18
oh i like that idea-when i made my first highheel shoes i was so dissappointed when the colour faded/dulled a bit when it dried-i'll definately give this a go. thanks
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