Tricks For Drying Fondant Bows And Flowers Faster??

Decorating By jjandhope Updated 25 Sep 2008 , 9:41am by BritishGirlsLoveCake

jjandhope Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 2:12pm
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I was wondering if anyone had any tips on getting the bow loops and flowers to dry faster than normal.

Has anyone tried a food dehydrator? Any other ideas?

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-K8memphis Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 2:36pm
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I know of cake buddies who use dehydrators.

I lucked out with a warming drawer in my oven. I think it's the 125 degree mark on low that is do-able. I think the 150 is medium and the high melts stuff. I'm going from memory so please test these temperatures on scraps first.

I mean I can procrastinate till the night before to do bows & stuff--I do two 2-hour stints in my drawer, warm to cool then warmed again and I'm golden. Sometimes I leave it on all night. But I always do a warm cool warm probably because I'm nuts--no really to let the dryness really penetrate the piece well.

However I add cornstarch to my fondant to facilitate the drying process.

Petit-four Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 4:09pm
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Adding a little gum-tex the fondant also helps it dry faster and harder. K8's suggestion for a warming drawer or just leaving the oven light on overnight also works.

Hope this helps!

tiggy2 Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 7:39pm
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I use 50/50 fondant/gumpaste. It dries faster and harder.

ibmoser Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 7:59pm
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I regularly use a dehydrator - I have an old, round one with about 9 trays. I live in the swamp, and nothing dries here. I never use just fondant - always a mix or straight gumpaste. The dehydrator works very well. DH made a couple of collars for me to hold the lid up about 12" for larger items to dry thumbs_up.gif . Straight fondant kinda melts in the dehydrator here, though, so experiment first.

ibmoser Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 8:40pm
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I regularly use a dehydrator - I have an old, round one with about 9 trays. I live in the swamp, and nothing dries here. I never use just fondant - always a mix or straight gumpaste. The dehydrator works very well. DH made a couple of collars for me to hold the lid up about 12" for larger items to dry thumbs_up.gif . Straight fondant kinda melts in the dehydrator here, though, so experiment first.

BritishGirlsLoveCake Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 8:58pm
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Originally Posted by k8memphis

However I add cornstarch to my fondant to facilitate the drying process.




How much do you add? Would you just knead it into ready to roll fondant?

Hx

ibmoser Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 10:31pm
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Oooops - sorry about the double post - don't think I hit send twice icon_redface.gif

-K8memphis Posted 24 Sep 2008 , 10:33pm
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Originally Posted by BritishGirlsLoveCake

Quote:
Originally Posted by k8memphis

However I add cornstarch to my fondant to facilitate the drying process.



How much do you add? Would you just knead it into ready to roll fondant?

Hx




About a few tablespoons to a handful of fondant--probably a short quarter cup to a pound-ish something like that--yes I just knead it in. I just toss some in I don't measure.

BritishGirlsLoveCake Posted 25 Sep 2008 , 9:41am
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Thank you!

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