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Humidity! I HATE YOU!

post #1 of 16
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I just finished a cake that I do believe is the worse cake I've ever made! The humidity is causing my fondant to droop like crazy! I'm afraid that I'm going to wake up tomorrow with a cake that's on the floor! I made homemade chocolate fondant for the middle tier and it's drooping so bad and I don't know what I can do about it! AAAAAhhhhhh!
post #2 of 16
Put the cake in the fridge icon_biggrin.gif
post #3 of 16
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I've never refrigerated my fondant. Will it hold up alright?
post #4 of 16
I've refrigerated several cakes and not had any problems with the fondant. I've heard of some people having major problems with it, but I wonder if maybe they didn't have air conditioning.
post #5 of 16
I never refrigerate a cake whether it's covered with fondant or not. I do have ac and I keep my house very cool. It's very hot and humid here where I live and if I do refrigerate a cake I have issues. I know that some like Texas_Rose can refrigerate without any issues...I however can not.
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post #6 of 16
I live in San Antonio, so we have the heat and humidity here too, but my family is fond of fillings that have to be refrigerated, so last summer I tried putting my daughter's birthday cake in the fridge. I figured if it didn't work well, at least it was our cake and not going to someone else. It did fine. It was refrigerated overnight and then I took it out about an hour before the party started. It looked perfect, never developed condensation or any other issues. We didn't have a very good air conditioner in that apartment.

I've refrigerated all my cakes since then and had no problems, either in that apartment with the bad air conditioner, or in my new house where the air conditioner works really well, and they've all done fine. My mom sometimes wants a cake for her freezer, and she'll thaw it out and serve it a couple months later, and even those don't have any problems.

The only time I've ever seen condensation on a cake was when I froze squares to cover as mini cakes. They developed condensation as they thawed, and it evaporated within an hour, leaving the fondant looking perfect.

It may depend on recipes too, I use MMF and Indydebi's buttercream.
post #7 of 16
I'M WITH YOU!

Here in WI there is like 70% humidity. You guys have noooo idea. It doesn't matter if you only have the cake in the fridge for a min...take it out and there's condensation all over it whether you are in AC or not. I am having that problem today. Good thing I kept my one cake out. The other one has a sleeve filling that I know doesn't need to be refrigerated...so, I hope it's good tomorrow cuz it's covered in my AC'd room icon_lol.gif
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post #8 of 16
The weather here in WI has been RIDICUlOUS this summer! AC doesn't seem to help much, because, like you said 70% humiditiy trumps all. My RI butterflies and dragonfiles I made several days ago completely fell apart. I'm blaming the weather.

At least it's supposed to cool off today and into the week.
post #9 of 16
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Well...I'm in Kentucky and the temperature yesterday was 97 with believe it or not...96.6% humidity! I just checked this morning for the stats. Today is supposed to be about the same. I didn't refrigerate the cake. I've tried refrigerating cakes before and they were horrible.

The cake is a three tier. Bottom tier is 11", middle 8" and top 6". I was going to charge her $140, but know this this cake does not meet my standards. How much should I charge here, or should I just give it away? I honestly have about 17 hours in this cake. icon_sad.gif She was looking forward to it so much. icon_sad.gif
post #10 of 16
It was 105 here yesterday and I think the humidity was off the charts!!! icon_cry.gif
I am very lucky and always refrigerate my cakes. The only time I have ever had an issue, is if I use fondarific. (which I love) but it seems to sweat more! When I am working with fondant I keep the house very cool, but just taking the cake out the door, into these ridiculous temps are stressful on the fondant. If you do put it in the fridge just let it sit out for about an hour. (I also use Indydebi's buttercream without any problems.)
post #11 of 16
OMG! I baked a 10 inch square in red velvet the day wednesday, let it cool overnight, then yesterday covered it in fondant and placed it in my fridge because I had to work tonight. My plan was to finish decorating it when I get off work in a few hours. It is for a friend's bachelorette party. I'm in Arizona, where the humidity isn't so bad, but the temps are 100+ degrees. The cake is due to be delivered Saturday morning when I get off work. Now, I'm wondering if it is going to be all right after reading all of the posts here. I use satin ice fondant, wiith a simple buttercream. I just don't have the time to redo everything....
post #12 of 16
I don't refridgerate my cakes and I live in a very very humid climate . My solution to fighting the humidity is a dehumidifier . Works like a charm , I also keep my AC set really low so it stays nice and cool while I am working on my cakes.
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post #13 of 16
Feeling your pain-- South Florida here. I have had mixed results with refrigeration. But when I did get condensation- leaving it out to dry seemed to work. One cake I did it took half a day for it to dry up- I was terrified!
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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by KathleenRN

OMG! I baked a 10 inch square in red velvet the day wednesday, let it cool overnight, then yesterday covered it in fondant and placed it in my fridge because I had to work tonight. My plan was to finish decorating it when I get off work in a few hours. It is for a friend's bachelorette party. I'm in Arizona, where the humidity isn't so bad, but the temps are 100+ degrees. The cake is due to be delivered Saturday morning when I get off work. Now, I'm wondering if it is going to be all right after reading all of the posts here. I use fondant, wiith a simple buttercream. I just don't have the time to redo everything....



Don't panic - you should be ok, just have your car cooled ahead of time, and if you can, put the cake in a box. Our heat index was 112 last saturday and I did a covered box and the cake was perfect when I got there.
post #15 of 16
Thanks Karen421! I can't wait to get home and get it finished so I can go to bed. Delivery is after work in the morning, so my room mate is going to meet me with the cake for breakfast with our friend. Keeping my fingers crossed! And I already have a box!
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