CAKESHERWAY Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 3:40pm
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I need to dry my fondant shapes I have painted and cut and I need it to dry fast. Any ideas? How long does it typically take for fondant to dry?

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spongemomsweatpants Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 3:56pm
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fondant usually takes a while to dry, like over 24 hours depending on the humidity level. But just to clairify, what do you want to dry the fonadant or the "paint" you put on it? I guess it would help if you told us what the shapes are and how you want to use them, as they may not need to be dry to do what you want.

sjlarby Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:00pm
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I use a food dehydrator to dry things quickly. You can get them at Wal-mart or something like Bed Bath and Beyond. They are not expensive and a great thing to have around for moments like this.

AnneZA Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:23pm
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SJLarby,
What a brilliant idea. That's why I love this site so much. So many great tips that are right in front of my face, but I wouldn't have thought of them. I'm going to Wal-Mart.

Anne

alanahodgson Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:28pm
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I've popped my stuff in a cold oven with the light on and that has dried things surprisingly quickly. also, mixing some tylose, or gum tracacanth, (1 tsp per lb of fondant) will make it dry faster. Also a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste will dry faster. I know that won't help you now, but for future reference thumbs_up.gif

spongemomsweatpants Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:29pm
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Originally Posted by sjlarby

I use a food dehydrator to dry things quickly. You can get them at Wal-mart or something like Bed Bath and Beyond. They are not expensive and a great thing to have around for moments like this.




oh I am soooo going to get one of these, what a great idea!

Elizabeth19 Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:38pm
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whoo hoo, I now have a use for our food dehydrator!!! Now if I can only find it........... detective.gif

CranberryClo Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:39pm
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Just a word of warning on the dehydrators. Pay attention to see if it is a heated dehydrator and, if so, if you can turn the heat off or down. I have one that has a heater and it melts fondant. It does not have a non-heated option, so I'm going to have to perform surgery and disconnect the heating element entirely.

This is a really great idea and I know sugarshack (who makes the most fabulous cakes) uses a dehydrator, so it does work. Just make sure you're getting one that lets you turn the heat down!

Christy

Julisa Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:40pm
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Originally Posted by sjlarby

I use a food dehydrator to dry things quickly. You can get them at Wal-mart or something like Bed Bath and Beyond. They are not expensive and a great thing to have around for moments like this.




Can you tell us what brand of food dehydrator you use. Mine blows hot air and melts any fondan/gumpaste I put in it.

KakesandKids Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:40pm

I use my dehydrator on low heat and things dry in about 45 minutes or so!

KakesandKids Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:45pm

I got mine at walmart...nesco I believe is the brand and on low even the setting right above that doesn't melt the fondant unless I leave it in there too long.

roxxxy_luvs_duff Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:50pm

i place my items in a dehydrator on the lowest heat setting and it works great. I made bow loops the day b4 i needed then for the cake and placed them in the dehydrator and they nice and hard for the next morning

Julisa Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 4:56pm

Mine only has one setting. Plug in an it turns on.

CAKESHERWAY Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 5:17pm

I have cute 15 2" x6" strips and painted them brown. They are not too thick either. The paint and the fondant seem to dry at about the same rate. I made them last night and they need to be attached to a cake tomorrow afternoon (late). I just need them to be very dry when I do this so that they will stand up and hold their shape.

alanahodgson Posted 6 Aug 2007 , 5:51pm

another tip is to place them on styrofoam so that the underside can be exposed to air as well.

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