Drying Fondant Quickly

Decorating By jenidot Updated 1 Apr 2016 , 11:40pm by Gramaw51

jenidot Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 2:08pm
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Is there any way to dry fondant quickly? I was wanting to make some swirlies to put on top of a cake tonight and didn't know if there would be any way for them to by dry? I have heard somewhere that you could maybe put it in the oven, but don't know if this is true or not. And if it is, at what temp. and for how long!? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! icon_smile.gif



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alanahodgson Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 2:50pm
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I read in another thread that you can put it into the oven and turn on the light, but don't turn on the oven. Apparently it will melt the icing. The lighbulb is supposed to supply enough heat to speed the drying process. I've never tried it.

mqguffey Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 7:39pm
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You could either use straight gumpaste (which dries very quickly) or a 50-50 mixture of fondant and gumpaste to speed the drying time.

Putting in front of fan also seems to help.

miriel Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 8:14pm
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For next time, consider using pastillage as it dries quick.

jeking Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 8:20pm
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I often place a cool hair dryer to blow over the finished pieces. I think it helps a LOT more than the oven light. It doesn't take much heat to make fondant melt!

greyhoundlover Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 8:21pm
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Put it in the oven with the light on....it worked well

lutie Posted 30 May 2008 , 2:53am
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I had problems with putting my fondant fairy in the oven with just the light on overnight. She was a plump baby fairy and she became a really fat baby fairy! Although she was still cute, I was disappointed due to the time constraint. Her arms cracked, but the body was really mushy. Next time, I will add gum paste. My oven was really warm when I opened it the next morning... the light really gives off heat!

strawberry0121 Posted 30 May 2008 , 4:56pm
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If you make a 50/50 mix, do you have to make gumpaste and fondant and then mix them together or can you just add some gumpaste powder to premade fondant?

sweetdesignsbyla Posted 30 May 2008 , 8:35pm
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I usually crank my ac up to 72 degrees and then place my fondant pieces on a cookie tray, then place the trays on top of several boxes which I have staked up high enough to almost reach the ac vent. It dries quicker than normal but still requires a good 8-10 hours to harden up really well.

jammjenks Posted 30 May 2008 , 9:30pm
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I read somewhere about someone using a food dehydrator to speed up the drying process. Has anybody done that?

mlharvell Posted 31 May 2008 , 2:21am
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You can also set your oven to 200 degrees, place the fondant pieces on a cookie sheet, and place the cookie sheet on the open oven door (don't place inside and don't close the door). That seems to work well.

melodyscakes Posted 31 May 2008 , 2:41am
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I would do all the above, but if you add choc. to your fondant....melted white chocolate is what I add. It helps dry faster also.

icer101 Posted 31 May 2008 , 2:51am
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i would think , the swirlies you want to make, would dry pretty fast , just in front of a small fan.... that is what i do all the time.... put whatever i make.... on a cake board .. and sit them right in front of the fan.... i go to them every so often and turn them, etc... i do this , whether it is only fondant..... fondant and gumpaste mixed , pastialage. etc....

Gramaw51 Posted 1 Apr 2016 , 11:40pm
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I know this is an old thread, but given the original question, I thought I'd add an idea . . .  The OP wanted to "make swirlies to put on top of a cake," and she needed a way to dry fondant "faster."  In my experience, shortcuts for drying fondant often end in cracked fondant which isn't good.  However, when you just want to add "swirlies" to the top of a cake (or even to the sides), consider using chocolate.  White chocolate is perfect.  You can color it however you want.  Pipe melted chocolate onto wax paper, stick it in the fridge for a fast set, and adhere it to your cake when it's time.  Drying time is in seconds rather than days, and it is so yummy to eat!


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