How Far Ahead Of Time For Gum Paste And Fondant?

Decorating By cgarner Updated 19 Oct 2009 , 9:59pm by Texas_Rose

cgarner Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 5:40pm
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I am wanting to try to make a hatbox cake for a friend's birthday at the beginning of November. How far ahead of time can I start making the gum paste or fondant flowers to put on it? And how should I store them after they are made? Thanks.

I also just want to add that I am new here and I LOVE all the wonderful advice everyone here shares. You all are WONDERFUL!!!

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ClancyJane Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 5:43pm
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I usually try to start mine at least a week in advance. That way they have plenty of time to dry before you put them on the cake. Oh and be sure to make a few extras in case of breakage!

cgarner Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 5:45pm
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Can I start them sooner? Or will they "go bad" if I do them too early?

ClancyJane Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:02pm
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You can start them sooner, that will just give them a longer period to dry. And if you have a lot to do, then you will probably want to. They won't go "bad" they will just continue to harden. Most people don't usually eat the gumpaste flowers so the hardness shouldn't be an issue.

cgarner Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:05pm
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Thank you so much!

miny Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:14pm
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The sooner the better!

momba5 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:40pm
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If you make them in advance,just be sure to keep them out of the light as much as possible...fondant/gumpaste decorations fade quickly!

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:59pm
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Originally Posted by momba5

If you make them in advance,just be sure to keep them out of the light as much as possible...fondant/gumpaste decorations fade quickly!




That's what I was going to say...store the finished flowers in a box to prevent fading. Pink and purple especially will fade.

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