Have you ever had those days when it seems like everything keeps going wrong? I was having one of those while I was making this cake for a bridal show.
I had so much trouble with my black fondant breaking and cracking and pitting! Used the wrong type of coloring medium!! Anyway...I was finally able to get my fondant to work and finished up this cake. The last thing I put on it were the gems. I did that right before I went to bed. The gems felt securely on the cake, so off I went to slumberland.
In the morning....I found...OH NO!!! What the heck!! Several of the gems had slid down the side Now what am I going to do!!!!! I thought that since it was red on white, it would be impossible to remove that huge streak.
Then I remembered reading somewhere that you can use vodka or lemon extract to clean up the spot!! Yea!!
I used a Qtip and carefully started wiping the smudge area. I used several Qtips because they would get really soak up that red and get dirty.
Volia!! Like new again!! I then reattached the gems and was happy how this cake turned out!!
You can also use this method to clean up luster dust mistakes or smears. If you are painting something on your cake with luster, make sure you think in terms painting a wall in your house. Use paper towels or pieces of paper like you would drop clothes. They can be butted right up to the area in which you are painted so that you don't get smudges where you don't want them. Use very small paint brushes in small areas and wipe them off frequently.
Hope this helps someone in need!!