So I'm making a cat cake and made the ears a couple of days ago in order to let them dry. I went to put them on the cake and of course, one broke. I am kicking myself for not making extras, I always do and this time, the one time I had on break, didn't. Is there anyway I can have one dry by about 6:00 tonight, 5 hours? I made it quick and am kind of freaking out right now.
Please help, are there any tricks? Magic spell? PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!
What medium are you using? Does it have to be dry so it will stand up? Can you post a pic?
I don't know if I have an answer, but I do feel your pain/ panic! I've often wondered about speed drying myself.
I have dedicated a mini fan for drying gumpaste or fondant pieces faster than normal. Its worked great for me. I got it at Walmart. HTH
When I've used gumpaste, it usually dries within a couple of hours.
It's a big ear about 4 inches. It has to be really dry because the cake is the head and the ears are poking out of the side. I don't have any pics yet. It is the American McGee Cheshire Cat. Really scary
If its just a quick emergency 'patch-up" then I'd suggest getting a piece of acetate, cut to the shape you want and cover both sides with thin pieces of your gumpaste - it will allow it to be inserted into your cake, have strength and NO drying time - just mention to customer that it needs to be removed.
Thanks so much guys. I feel a little better. You guys have given me some great options. Thanks again!
It may not help you much now but maybe for the future...
I dry my pieces with the help of the microwave...microwave them about 6-8 seconds (look in the window to determine a more exact amount of time...remove before bubbling occurs...you can see it soften up...watch the thin spots you may have)...remove and allow to cool (fan helps). Carefully, turn piece over...microwave for 6-8 seconds...remove and allow to cool. Repeat one or two more times depending on the thickness of piece(more repetitions may be necessary).
If it's a piece that requires a form, make sure you have 2...makes flipping easier...use parchment and make sure to dust the parchment really good. HTH
ETA: This is how I do it when time is VERY limited...I don't always allow time for pieces ...procrastination is one thing I possess a lot of...