Fondant Shine (Glaze)

This recipe was created on the night I was doing a Chanel purse cake for my Sister-In-Law’s birthday. After I was done with the cake, I took a step back and noticed that even though my cake looked amazing, it lacked a certain type of look to it. Of course, I saw right away that what my purse was lacking was its shine. It took me several minutes of searching through the internet on different techniques. Some suggested applying vegetable shortening, while others suggested steaming the cake. However, neither of these options seemed good to me for, no one enjoys eating saturated fat from vegetable shortening, and the steam on the cake only evaporated, leaving a certain tacky look to the cake.

It was then that I remembered a class I took several years back. We were told to mix equal parts of corn syrup to vodka. When mixed properly, the vodka evaporate, rendering it completely tasteless, and the only thing to stay behind is the flavorless corn syrup. When applied correctly in smooth brush strokes, the effect was amazing.

Fondant Shine (Glaze)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup corn syrup *Karo works best
  • 1/4 cup clear vodka *Everclear works best


  • By mixing equal parts or corn syrup and you make a little bit of a glaze paste. The glaze is then applied to the fondant with a brush, and when the vodka evaporates, all that is left is the corn syrup, making the fondant look shiny. This glaze is great for when you want to add a "wet look" effect on any cake or cupcake. The alcohol will not affect you in any way and it is completely flavorless.

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