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How far in advance can you make fondant figures

post #1 of 24
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I'm making a cake in about 3 1/2 weeks and I wanted to try some fondant figures on top. I was hoping to do them ahead of time, but I'm not sure what's the best way to store them and how long will they keep before getting cracked or otherwise yucky. Any thoughts? Thanks!
post #2 of 24
I make my fondant figures & CC toppers a month in advance & some make them way before that too. Let them dry very good before you store them to prevent color bleeding & fondant becoming all gewy. Store them in an air tight container.

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post #3 of 24
I've saved fondant figures for years with no problems. I do agree to let them dry well before storing them. Personally I don't store them in air tight containers, I like to store them in cardboard boxes so they can breathe.
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post #4 of 24
TexasSugar, Im with you, I made mine last month, And i don`t need them till next month, After they dried I put them in a cardboard box and they are still their waiting.
post #5 of 24
Be careful on storing them in a plastic container. When I first started making fondant decorations, I made them in advance and put them in a plastic container. When I opened the container a couple days later the figures I had made were sticky, shiny and had lost some of their shape. I was told then to always store them in a cardboard box so they can breathe.
post #6 of 24
If they're going to crack, they generally do so within the first day or so - so don't worry about that. But especially larger pieces - as for molded animals and bodies - can take weeks to dry completely. Store in a dark place - because fondant colors fade in light, cushion your pieces with foam or crumpled saran wrap. Be very careful when you handle them.... I personally think they become more fragile with age - and make sure they have good airflow around them. Early on I had figures get gummy when I covered a tray full with just one layer of paper towels. I like to put them on a wax paper covered tray in a dark room or cupboard - no covering at all - until I use them.
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post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by cricket0616

Be careful on storing them in a plastic container. When I first started making fondant decorations, I made them in advance and put them in a plastic container. When I opened the container a couple days later the figures I had made were sticky, shiny and had lost some of their shape. I was told then to always store them in a cardboard box so they can breathe.



That happened to me last month too but I didnt let them dry well before storing, now that TS mentioned the cardboard box I would definitely go with that its way safer than a plastis container icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 24
So glad you posted this...I will be trying my first fondant figure needed for the 23rd of this month...was hoping I could start soon. Thanks to all for sharing tips.
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post #9 of 24
I have dogs on my windowsill from my daughter's 7th birthday. She's turning 9 soon. They are discolored from the sun, but otherwise, just the same.
post #10 of 24
Would these tips on storing and drying apply to gumpaste flowers as well?
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post #11 of 24
The same goes for gumpaste... although the gumpaste may dry out completely a little faster.
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post #12 of 24
does that go for fondant mixed with edible cmc aswell
post #13 of 24
You can make them months in advance

1 - Mix your fondant with some gumtex powder or tylose powder. It will be much stronger
2 - prepare a container that eliminates sunlight to put your figurines in. Plan ahead if you need something to hold your figurine upright
3 - I do NOT use an airtight container. I want the figurine to dry and do not want it airtight at all. I would leave it out to dry but need to protect it against dust and sunlight. I put some rice or a desiccant pack in the bottom of the container and then raise the figurine above it to dry.

Note that certain colors - especially green, may fade. After the figurine dries completely you can fix this with a drop of gel food coloring mixed with vodka. It will not look painted on. It simply re-tints the dry fondant.
post #14 of 24
The only time I ever had a problem was when I colored some fondant/gumpaste gray by mixing in a little black. Even though I kept them in a dark place, everything that was gray had turned bluish green. Has anyone else had that problem?
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by dawnybird

The only time I ever had a problem was when I colored some fondant/gumpaste gray by mixing in a little black. Even though I kept them in a dark place, everything that was gray had turned bluish green. Has anyone else had that problem?



The red fades first in almost every medium, leaving the blue and the yellow+blue=green.

What was your color brand?
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