How to make fondant shiny

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How to make fondant shiny
Make a cake even shinier by adding lustre dust to it at the end. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Decorating a cake of your own is a fun, but sometimes frustrating process. Working with fondant, modelling chocolate, gum paste and marzipan can be challenging. Getting the look you want while working with these materials takes times, patience and a lot of practice. Fondant is a remarkable decorating tool. It is essentially just a type of frosting, but can be moulded and shaped into almost anything on a cake. Making it shiny enough to look like plastic or glass takes a little time.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard cake circle
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Small paintbrush
  • Egg whites
  • Melted shortening
  • Lustre dust

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  1. 1

    Roll out your fondant, either purchased or homemade, on a very clean wooden or stone work surface dusted with equal parts sifted cornstarch and icing sugar.

  2. 2

    Place the cake on the workspace in front of you to make the transfer simple.

  3. 3

    Polish the surface of the fondant with the palm of your hand, using a circular motion. This makes the surface shiny and smooth, according to Pastry Chef Central.

  4. 4

    Spray vegetable cooking spray lightly over the surface before laying over the cake to add to the shine.

  5. 5

    Lay your fondant over your cake and continue polishing very gently, if necessary, with a cardboard circle.

  6. 6

    Use a clean paintbrush dipped in egg whites or melted shortening to shine the fondant on the cake or cutout pieces even more.

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