Want to add a little bit of shimmer to your stuff? I have just the thing for you, and it’s so easy.
A couple of months ago around my birthday, I was messing around with different cake decorating ideas, and came across DIY shimmer spray. Most people were real-deal cake decorators and had fancy airbrushes, but I’m not at that level. But a 97-cent travel spray bottle? Yup. That’s more my level.
All I did was add a capful or two of cake decorating pearl dust to a travel-size spray pump and filled it with vodka. Shake, shake, shake and you’re ready to spray.
It’s so pretty to watch! It will settle as it sits, but you can just shake it up over and over.
It works best when you do light layers from far away. It gave my cake frosting a nice, subtle shimmer that was a great backdrop to the decorations, which were stylized peacock feathers (kind of) that were dry brushed with pearl and gold shimmer.
But it’s not just for cakes. Anything can be shimmered! I got a little shimmer crazy the other day and used it on some flowers that were starting to wilt. I spritzed them only once and it gave them a really sweet, subtle shimmer.
I’m thinking this would be really cool as an alternative to traditional glitter, which can be so much sometimes. Sometimes you just want something a little more subdued, you know? I can see this on some simple snowflake sugar cookies or on some pinecones this Christmas. I might be shimmering the mashed potatoes if someone doesn’t stop me.
And yes, it’s vodka, so use your discretion when using it on edibles. From what I’ve read, the vodka evaporates. In fact, a lot of professional cake decorators use vodka for painting and spraying – it’s pretty common, they just say it’s ‘extract’.
Anyway…I got a little shimmer-happy and sprayed my arm, and I think the evaporation thing is true. It was dry almost as soon as it landed on my arm.
Awesome! I’m a self taught cake decorator and this helps alot. Thank you! This will look great on my cupcakes too! Mashed potatoes? That’s funny. lol
I’m glad you enjoyed it! I like to pretend I know how to decorate cakes, but I’m glad you found the shimmer spray useful. It really has no taste or anything. Good luck!
Mashed potatoes ha! That IS funny. Alicia, I loved this! Thanks for sharing. I just know this tip is going to come in handy on many sparkly occasions!
I’m glad to hear that! I love that subtle shimmer. And yes, I really would shimmer some mashed potatoes if the occasion was right.