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How far in advance can I make fondant flowers for a wedding

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I am new here and I am new at cake decorating. I am making my daughter's wedding cake in October. How far ahead can I make flowers out of fondat? How do I store them? Can I freeze them? Any other tips on fondant would be great thanks. sunflowerfreak
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You can make them probaby as early as you want and store them out of bright light in a dry place for pretty much ever. I have a bouquet of roses I made probably 3 years ago, still in a vase in my entertainment center...course I wouldn't put them on a cake now! icon_smile.gif

Try gumpaste too--I always used fondant, but gumpaste I think dries firmer and/or more quickly. Someone else will know more about comparing the two.

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Originally Posted by sunflowerfreak

I am new here and I am new at cake decorating. I am making my daughter's wedding cake in October. How far ahead can I make flowers out of fondat? How do I store them? Can I freeze them? Any other tips on fondant would be great thanks. sunflowerfreak


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I would presonally recommend making flowers out of gumpaste. Gumpaste can be rolled out a lot thinner than fondant and is more flexible, it dries quicker and harder. You can store them literally forever if they are in a completely dry place and out of the sun. The sunlight or any bright light will fade purple and pink colours. When i first started out i made some pink and purple wired stars for my niece's baptism, and left them out to dry, the sun got them and the very next day they were grey, i was so shocked!!! hehehe

Freezing is not really recommended, when they come out, if condensation forms on them you could get a slimyfilm over them.

If you still want to go ahead with fondant, try to add a bit of gum tex, gum trag or tylose to it, it will make it dry quicker, therefore giving it less of a chance to droop.
I hope this helps
Nati
post #4 of 6
But don't freeze them!!!!! Weird things happen to fondant when you freeze or refrigerate it.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think I will use the gum paste. I made some gumpaste flowers last week but I didn't have the 'tools' to really work the detail on them. They came out OK but nothing I would put on a cake. But I loved working with the gum paste. It was really easy. It colored well too. If I start making the flowers now, can they still be eaten in October? Or should we take them off the cake before cutting the cake? sunflowerfreak
post #6 of 6
Gumpaste is great for flowers because you can make them so detailed and way ahead, but gumpaste doesn't taste very good - most people won't want to eat it. It's more for show - but is still eligible to be deemed "edible".
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