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Can you refrigerate fondant covered cakes?

post #1 of 98
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I have to make a cake (that consist of 3 cakes) for someone but there is no way that I can decorate all 3 cakes on the same day. How long can fondant covered cakes sit out or can they be refrigerated?

Thanks,
Brenda
post #2 of 98
DO NOT refrigerate a fondant cake cake it will draw moisture and turn the fondant into a sloppy mess

A fondant covered cake will do just fine sitting out as long as the fillings you used do not need to be refrigerated.

Fondant actually keeps the cake fresher I think, as it acts like plastic wrap keeping air from getting to the cake underneath.
post #3 of 98
I refrigerate my fondant cakes all of the time. The only issue I have is when I refrigerate my cakes at my commercial kitchen's walk in refrigerator which is high in humidity in which case I place my cakes in a cardboard box and then all is fine. The box helps to absorb the moisture.

I make 2-3 wedding cakes a week and refrigerate every single one of them and would never consider NOT refrigerating them.
post #4 of 98
I never refrigerate any of my cakes. Some say you can refrigate fondant covered cakes and some say don't. I'm with the "don't" crowd. thumbs_up.gif
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post #5 of 98
I have refrigerated both fondant covered cakes and cakes with fondant accents and have had absolutely no problems with the fondant. You just have to decide what works for you.
post #6 of 98
I personally have not had a problem putting fondant covered & decorated cakes in the fridge. I also thought it was interesting to see Buddy on Cake Boss refridgerate his finished fondant cakes.
The only thing I noticed is one cake I had in the fridge, then out, then back in & then out seemed dry and I assumed it was from changing the temperature that many times. So now I only let it sit in the fridge once & work around that schedule. HTH
post #7 of 98
Watch closely...the decorators on TV do refrigerate their fondant cakes.
post #8 of 98
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Originally Posted by ladyonzlake

Watch closely...the decorators on TV do refrigerate their fondant cakes.



Yep. But they have humidity controlled refrigerators.
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post #9 of 98
Most home refrigerators work great and have low humidity. It's the commercial refrigeration you have to be careful with and like I said earlier...if using commercial refrigeration place your cakes in a sealed cardboard box...it works miracles!
post #10 of 98
I have always refrigerated my fondant cakes in my home refrigerator with no special humidity control. No issues at all. If it is raining and humidity levels rise then the fridge is the best place for the cake. I watch all the cake shows...and they put finished cakes in the fridge. I love the feedback though. Very interesting.
post #11 of 98
Add me to the list of refrigerators. However I have found that commercial fondants, or else Michele Foster's recipe, refrigerate better than straight up MMF. I think I've only made two fondant cakes that have not gone in the fridge.

That said, I read a posting here from someone who lived where it is EXTREMELY humid and said that refrigerating was disastrous. I live near the ocean in SoCal so it can get humid, but not really unbearably humid, so I have not experienced that problem. The worst I have ever had was the fondant retained a shine, but I've never lost a decoration nor had it melt into a mess. The advice above about using a cake box is terrific - it is porous so the air can circulate but moisture can escape.

Best way to find out what works in your geographic location is to bake a little test cake and pop it in the fridge...see what happens!
post #12 of 98
Dont' be surprised in warmer months when you remove your fondant cake from the refrigerator that it will "sweat" a bit. Just leave it though and it will evaporate and be perfect.
post #13 of 98
I refrigerated a fondant whimsical cake this weekend, and it did great. I used Satin Ice, which refrigerates well. Other brands of fondant may not refrigerate as well. My Satin Ice wanted to crack, and refrigerating the cake prevented cracking.
post #14 of 98
I refrigerate every one of my cakes, I use MMF. Never had an issue so far! They will get moisture on them once you take them out but it disappears after it's out a while...I just make sure not to touch the cake and get finger prints in it while it's moist icon_wink.gif
post #15 of 98
I ALWAYS pop my cakes in the refrigerator once they are done and most always cover in MMF. I did make the mistake once of putting in the freezer for a little and got A LOT of moisture on the outside on my cake. I did just leave it alone and it turned out fine once all of the moisture evaporated. I've never had any disasters with the fridge. Good luck!!! HTH.
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