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Tips for drying fondant

post #1 of 18
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I have made some fondant decorations for a cake for Friday and they don't seem to be drying very quickly. I need them to be dry so that they can stand up on their own. Does anyone have any tips?
Thanks
post #2 of 18
I usually lay my fondant pieces on corn starch. This helps to wick the moisture out of it so it dries faster. HTH! icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 18
You can dry them in a food dehydrator.
post #4 of 18
You could also put them in the oven with the light on. Make sure you put a sign or something on the door so you don't accidentally turn the oven on!
post #5 of 18
I live on the Gulf Coast (on the beach) of Alabama, Is there anything that will keep my fondant from melting as soon as it hits the high humidity we have 6-7 months out of the year???
post #6 of 18
I put mine in the fridge, and it firms them up quickly. I do this all the time, and have never have a problem...I know some people question the whole putting fondant in the fridge...but I haven't had a problem yet. HTH!
post #7 of 18
Wow these are some great tips. I usually let the so cal air dry mine.
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post #8 of 18
I have had cakes in the frig for over 24 hours and as soon as it hits the 90-100% humidity the fondant turns damp and shiney and starts to wilt?!?!?!?!?
post #9 of 18
I forgot to mention, if you are making decorations instead of covering a cake you will probably want to use gumpaste as it dries quickly and becomes hard enough to stand on end, as you mentioned you were wanting.
post #10 of 18
I wondered if gumpaste was the secret, Am I correct in understanding gumpaste can be eaten but it does not taste good?
post #11 of 18
If I don't have gumpaste ready, I have made a homemade gumpaste from fondant.

1 tsp. Tylose to 1 lb. of fondant

-Debbie B.
post #12 of 18
ok so I am totally new and dumb when it comes to fondant,I thought you had to add gumpaste to fondant to get it to harden faster but you don't have to,it just takes longer to dry out.I was hoping to find out before this weekend too.Thanks.
post #13 of 18
When your doing accents, figures or details on a cake that you want to harden, it is better to go with straight gumpaste.

I use gumpaste for all of my roses.

I use a combination of tylose/fondant for my sculptures but they don't harden well in very humid weather and sometimes melt. I have not had a problem with gumpaste used alone melting.

So, for pieces that I want to be very rigid I will make them from straight gumpaste. I only use pure fondant for covering cakes.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Best-I-Can

I have had cakes in the frig for over 24 hours and as soon as it hits the 90-100% humidity the fondant turns damp and shiney and starts to wilt?!?!?!?!?



Try not putting them in the fridge and they should do better when you take them outdoors.

It's fairly hot and humid here but fondant does all right...the only time I've had trouble with it here was when my air conditioner was out and it was kind of like frosting a cake with cheese soup, even with a dehumidifer running.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
So I should have used gumpaste!!! I will try that from now on, thanks everyone :0)
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