How far in advance can you make gumpaste figures for a cake? I have a cake to make for a birthday in 2 weeks but the week of the party my time is very limited. I was hoping to get as much done in advance as possible without it going bad. This is my first time working with gumpaste so I am not sure what to expect.
I make gumpaste flowers weeks in advance. Once dried, you can store them (away from dust and light) for a very long time (months, at least)
Making figures a few weeks in advance will work in your favor. This will give them time to dry. Like tracey1970 said, you should store them away from light and dust. Placing a desiccate packages in with them will help prevent humidity from ruining them. I don't know if I spelled that right, but they are the little packets used in new things to absorb moisture.
Thanks for the tips. One more question though. When dry, should I freeze them to keep fresh until I am ready to put them on the cakes?
Don't freeze them. When its completely dry store in an air tight box in a dry place.
Yes, as bashini said - no freezing. That will cause moisture to get into them. During the thawing process, they could get very gummy with the condensation on them.