How to Steam Fondant on Cakes to Get a Luster

Written by jennifer habersham
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Fondant allows you to take an otherwise ordinary cake and turn it into something elegant or spectacular. With fondant you can create characters, scenes, animals, flowers and just about anything else you can imagine. When fondant is applied over a cake it gives the cake a smooth, matt finish. However, the fondant can be steamed so that it has a shiny, lustrous appearance. Take your time when steaming fondant, as rushing through the job could leave you with a sticky mess.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Handheld clothes steamer
  • Distilled water

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  1. 1

    Bake the cake and cover with fondant according to your recipe.

  2. 2

    Fill the handheld clothes steamer reservoir with distilled water and turn the power on. Place the temperature gage to low. Because all clothes steamers are different, follow the instructions found in the steamer's manual.

  3. 3

    Hold the steamer approximately 4 to 6 inches away from the fondant.

  4. 4

    Pass the steamer over the fondant with a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. As soon as the steam comes in contact with the fondant it will create a lustrous shine on the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • For additional shine, add lustre dust to the fondant before steaming. Lustre dust is an edible powder that adds shine to a variety of food products. Lustre dust can be purchase at many craft, hobby or culinary stores.
  • Because the steam makes the fondant wet, it will become sticky. Avoid touching the fondant for several minutes while it dries.

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