How to make fondant dry faster! plz help me!

Decorating By shell62995 Updated 12 Jul 2015 , 2:40am by Magda_MI

shell62995 Posted 15 May 2009 , 3:33pm
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I broke the cowboy hat brim last night. I made another one out of only fondant and need it to dry ASAP so I can finish making the cake for a raffle tomorrow morning! any suggestions? icon_cry.gif

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msulli10 Posted 15 May 2009 , 3:39pm
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It's a little to late for this, but in the future mix in some gumpaste or tylose powder.

YALANTZI Posted 15 May 2009 , 3:40pm
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is there any way you can repair the broken one?? what was it made out of??

shell62995 Posted 15 May 2009 , 3:44pm
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I made the 1st one 50/50 gumpaste and fondant. I tossed it when I broke it!
Do you think I should make something else for the raffle? Call it a lesson learned and make another cake?

Karenelli Posted 15 May 2009 , 3:44pm
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How about putting it in your oven with just the light bulb that lights the oven on. I've heard that will give off a little heat. Maybe enough to dry the fondant. If only you had added a little gumpaste it would dry more quickly. Any change you can redo?

sadsmile Posted 15 May 2009 , 4:00pm
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I would use a little fan pointed directly on it ON HIGH! Things that are still dusted with corn starch dry much faster for me and I just brush it off later. If you can get air under and around it it will dry faster. Parchment paper will alow air to move more where wax paper will not. If it wouldn't stick I would even go as far as placing it on a peice of foam or a washcloth to help with air flow under it.
I wouldn't do the oven thing it needs more air to absorb the moisture from it. An oven is mostly sealed with vents and dosn't get good air flow.

shell62995 Posted 15 May 2009 , 5:05pm
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I dont have a box fan!! Ahh man!

Donnagardner Posted 15 May 2009 , 5:13pm
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What about a food dehydrator (sp?)

JawdroppingCakes Posted 15 May 2009 , 5:14pm
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Put your cake under the air condition vent and lower the air so it keeps blowing on it.

shell62995 Posted 15 May 2009 , 5:48pm
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Originally Posted by JawdroppingCakes

Put your cake under the air condition vent and lower the air so it keeps blowing on it.




good idea! Trying that now!

sadsmile Posted 15 May 2009 , 6:07pm
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yeah lowering your AC temp will help suck out more moisture in the air.

tanya1927 Posted 19 May 2014 , 1:32pm
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I always use tylose powder in my fondant.It dries so fast

howsweet Posted 19 May 2014 , 3:18pm
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ALowering temp in your house raises the humidity. This is apparently counter intuitive and the opposite of what people in the a/c business usually say.

I Googled it again and the sites that seemed science based said turning your a/c temp down lower raises humidity and this has been my personal experience. Everything else I found says the opposite. But I'm inclined to go with what I've actually observed. Outside humidity and temp may be a factor, from what I was reading.

FrostedMoon Posted 19 May 2014 , 3:37pm
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AHowsweet is right about the a/c! Last summer during a very humid stretch I had an awful time trying to get cookies with fondant decorations to dry enough to be mailed. Moving them close to the a/c actually made them sticky and softer than they had been before.

If you have lights under your upper cabinets (assuming you have those), try putting it up near those lights. It will still get the air flow, but it will get a little heat to speed the drying process like you would in the oven.

Good luck!

imlilirish1 Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 3:53am
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Would putting it in the freezer help? I'm also trying to make some fondant dry quicker. A last minute request for a cake for tomorrow night!

BoozeBabe Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 4:22am
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I have a 6 inch fan I use to help dry items like that.  How about using a hair drier on cool, low setting?

cassiepittman07 Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 4:32am
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The freezer will give too much moisture.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 4:48am
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If you put it in the freezer it wont dry and when you get it out of the freezer it will be worse than when you put it in there.

If I were you I would try modeling chocolate, it will set up much easier than fondant when you are in a hurry and it wont break from handling it (just melt and soften up if you have hot hands like me :-( - I always keep an 'ice mat' on my bench when I am working with MC to cool my hands on)

SquirrellyCakes Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 9:23am
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You would be better off remaking the item out of gumpaste or adding tylose powder to the fondant.

imlilirish1 Posted 10 Jul 2015 , 6:34pm
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Next time I will add the gumpaste. Forgot about that - but i did put it in the freezer then the refrigerator overnight. Just delivered it and she loves it. She's keeping it cool until the party tonight at 7. Couldn't use chocolate - the person it was for doesn't like chocolate. Then again... I'm sure they won't eat the fonadant!

Thanks for the suggestions! :D

FrostedMoon Posted 11 Jul 2015 , 1:09pm
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Keep in mind you can make modeling chocolate out of white chocolate or candy melts.  Definitely no real chocolate in those unless they are chocolate flavored!


Magda_MI Posted 12 Jul 2015 , 2:40am
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Blowing A/C probably made it sticky because it was cold enough that moisture condensed out of the air onto it, like it does on a glass of ice water.

Relative humidity will sometimes go up when it cools down, because it's a measure of how much moisture is in the air relative to what it can hold at that specific temperature, and cold air holds less moisture.  However, running the A/C will drop the dew point, the total amount of moisture in the air.

Like others, when I want fondant to dry quickly I add tylose powder, which isn't much help for you at this point, alas.

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