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For some reason my black fondant is always really sticky.... I know how to solve that problem. My problem is how do I make it shine when I'm done? I'm always left with 10x sugar that I can't dust off my black fondant. I know I'm missing something here. Please help. What is the trick?

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Have you tried a steamer?
I always steam my black fondant when I'm done.  It makes it nice and shiny and it takes off any powder residue.  Be careful, though.  Because it is "looser" than regular fondant it will slide a little if you over-steam it. Good luck!

I paint the fondant with vodka or gin. It dissolves the icing sugar  and leaves the surface clean. Doesn't make the icing soft because it evaporates very fast.

 

Now I've heard of the vodka. My question is...regular liquor store vodka? Is there such thing as bakers alcohol?
Regular ol' vodka.  Don't bother with the expensive stuff though.  I think everclear will work also.
Bakers alcohol is Isopropyl, we can buy it from the chemist here in New Zealand but they always ask why and only sell small quantities as the drug dealers use it to make P etc. I find vodka always works well and is cheaper.

Trisha Stryjewski said:
Now I've heard of the vodka. My question is...regular liquor store vodka? Is there such thing as bakers alcohol?

I used black fondant last night and never use any sugar with my fondant.  I was making kitties for a cake for this weekend.  Just put a little shortning on your hands when kneeding it and that helps too.  If you do use sugar when you roll it, the steam or vodka I think is your best bet. 

Rub the entire surface with a paper towel with a litle shortening on it and the sugar will disapear.

I have the same problem with BLACK!! 

 

I'm going to try this regular ole vodka trick!! But...does it make the fondant alchoholic then?? What if it's for a kids cake???

This may sound a little crazy but I needed to shine up my black fondant last week and didn't have a steamer so I used Pam...I lightly spray the cake and then rubbed it in. It gave a good shine and I had no mention of a change in the taste. I do plan on investing in a steamer some time soon though.

 

It evaporates very quickly so no alcohol is left behind. I have used it many times to paint with metallic dust. Just remember you only need to brush on small amounts.

Meera said:

I have the same problem with BLACK!! 

 

I'm going to try this regular ole vodka trick!! But...does it make the fondant alchoholic then?? What if it's for a kids cake???

The easiest way to solve this problem is to lightly spray your fondant with 100% vegetable spray...not PAM, or any other brand that contains polymer! After spraying, you can simply use a large soft brush to go over the stubborn areas if necessary. The oil will add little taste, absorb in to the fondant, but leave the shiny dark finish you are after.

Alternatively you can simply brush on high ratio veg shortening. Works equally well but takes a bit longer.

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