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How does everyone "finish" their cakes?

How do you shine everything up and not run the colors??

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Fun Fiesta Cakes ...

I rub them down with shortening – it works like a charm

Jillycakes ...

Really?? How do you get in all the crevises and the colors don’t bleed??

SarahBeth3 ...

I’ve heard of spraying “Pam” on the whole thing. I tried it with a fondant decoration before placing it on the cake. It worked really well, looked steamed. If you use this method though, know that the shine will go away after about 24 hrs. I guess the spray get’s absorbed.

Loren Ebert ...

Hi Girls,
I’ve seen some decorators actually use a garment steamer to gently steam the cake when it’s done. Personally, I don’t like that look. Why do you want it to look wet?

Lisa ...

I agree… I can’t stand that look. If there is any powder left on the cake I take a paper towel and rub shortening on it and that gets abosorbed as well. :)

Jessica ...

Alcohol like vodka and a paintbrush do work well for touch ups too since alcohol drys faster than water. I have done the shortening technique myself and like it too just make sure it’s evenly applied. Someone mentioned (i think it’s jessicakes blog) using a piece of fondant, roll it into a little ball and touch it on the cake where cornstarch is. I haven’t tried it yet it sounds like it works good for her. As far as the steamer goes I think most of us saw Cake Boss do this. I bought one myself last year to try and it became very addictive for me. I agree I don’t like the wet look and I have some pictures of cakes that do look wet cause of this. I did find that if you do it lightly it really does help the colors pop and it can dry back to normal and not look wet (can take a couple of hours though).