Fondant And The Refrigerator

Decorating By DaisyP32 Updated 7 Nov 2010 , 10:51pm by elliespartycake

DaisyP32 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 2:45am
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So I was in the middle of a Cake Boss marathon (via Netflix on my Wii) and it hit me that Buddy was using fillings that had to be refrigerated but was also covering them in fondant. How is it that his fondant doesn't turn into a sticky mess? Is this the magic of tv? Is there a trick to it? Do you refrigerate your fondant cakes? icon_confused.gif

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CakeDiva101 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 2:58am
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Well, I just put my last cake in the refrigerator/freezer overnight and did not have any problems. I do understand that if is humid out the cake can sweat. My didn't. Also, I did not touched it after I took it out. Most of my fillings need refrigeration. I would love to hear what tricks there are out there for fondant on the fridge.

Jeep_girl816 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 3:01am
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I "fridge" all my cakes, fondant and all. I think it greatly depends on your refrigerator though, if I use my main fridge everything fine no stickiness or sweating, however if I use my small garage fridge(that I actually bought to store cakes) a few minutes after they're out they start sweating all over. So now the little one has become my DH's "man-fridge" for soda, beer, etc and when I have a fondant cake, everything in the main refrigerator has to be rearranged to make room, it's a small price to pay for dry cakes though!! Oh FYI; my main(good) fridge is a pretty basic frigidaire, with the freezer on top and single doors, not the French door/side by sides.

mommynana Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 3:18am
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we just cut a fondant cake thats been in the fridge since monday and had no problem with it not a bead of water on it. i also have a fridge in the garage but its a big fridge.

Tacy09 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 3:18am
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I fridge all of my fondant cakes, the only time I really run into any problems is when the house is too warm. If the house is at the right temp though I have no problems with seating at all! maybe Im just lucky thought!

Tacy09 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 3:20am
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I fridge all of my fondant cakes, the only time I really run into any problems is when the house is too warm. If the house is at the right temp though I have no problems with seating at all! maybe Im just lucky thought!

cakesmart Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 5:42pm
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I also fridge all my fondant cakes and have had no problems with sweating. But I do keep the temp in the house cooler when I baking and using fondant.

DaisyP32 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 6:21am
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Interesting. So it seems this really shouldn't be a problem for me. Maybe I have my fridge set too cold? Or my house too warm? It's not really very humid where I live but I don't have A/C so the house can get pretty toasty. I haven't tried it since summer so maybe i'll be brave and try it with my next cake.

Thanks for your input! icon_biggrin.gif

erimsy Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:35pm
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yes i will like to know how he does it because mine turn into a mess

NatalieC923 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:48pm
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Hmm Jeep_girl, I wonder what the difference is between your refidgerators? I'd like to add one to my garage, but obviously it would be better if I bought the "right" kind...the one that doesn't cause sweating. Is there is such a thing as a low-humidity fridge?

Crazboutcakes Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:54pm
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I also have never had any problems with my fondant cakes. I made the Hooters cake in my pic and kept it in the frig over night anf the customer took it for a 2 hour drive in FL, she said she stuck it in the frig when she got there and took out again about an hour before eating and it was finem, actually got great praise from alot of 1st time fondant eaters. Give it a shot!

DaisyP32 Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 8:23pm
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Well I tried it with the cake I made this week and I had no sweating of my fondant! The problems before must have been because my house was too hot. I guess i'll have to get A/C before next summer!

luddroth Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 8:46pm
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Lots of other threads on this topic here. The issue is condensation -- if the air outside the refrigerator is warmer and, most importantly, more humid than the air in the fridge, humidity can condense on a cold cake -- just as it would on a glass of ice water. You can prevent it by storing the cake in a box or wrapping it in plastic so that it comes to room temperature without the humidity of the room temp air hitting the cake while it's still cold. Store the cake in the fridge, wrapped in plastic or in a box, and don't uncover the cake until it's had time to get to room temp. No problem.

Kitagrl Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 9:06pm
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I always refrigerate all my cakes no matter what.

I suppose it may be a problem in the very deep south in the summer...but otherwise its fine.

kaylynndo Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 9:31pm
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i never had a problem placing my cake in a fridge/freezer. I dont have my fridge on too cold so when i take it out to work on it my heat in my house wont make it sweat

Chef_Stef Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 11:36pm
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I have to say, I have always refridgerated all fondant cakes, even painted ones.


Since building the bakery, the Delco (I think) commercial fridge I use is WAY, WAY too humid, and the only way I can put fondant in there is IN A BOX, so it doesn't get condensation on it. Also have had nightmarish problems when I put a cake with royal icing on it, in the fridge before the royal was pretty much dry--the royal bled and wept down the side of the cake. OW!

BUT in my lovely Frigidair at home, either the kitchen one or the garage one, any cake, any icing, no problem without any boxes.

Very frustrating, now that I have a bakery and have to plan around a humid fridge. Maybe I should get a dehumidifier. Or, if I win the lottery, a low-humidity fridge.

So, yes, generally speaking, you can put them in the fridge, it appears. Just not commercial, humid fridges.

-K8memphis Posted 6 Nov 2010 , 11:56pm
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ChefStef--I had a refrigerator that sweated inside and the repair man put a 'dryer' in it. It was a flat aluminum coverd little flexible dealio --kind a like a hot pad I guess. I wonder if something like that could help you with that box.

Then my boss once took over the florist shop next door, she expanded the bakery. The florist's friges were way too wet for decorated cake. So there's a definite difference in the workings of a frige. They've got to be able to adjust that somehow.

If you've got a nice shop now I hate to hear you saying you have to work around anything!

costumeczar Posted 7 Nov 2010 , 12:17am
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I refrigerate everything becasue they're easier to deliver and less likely to shift in transit if they're cold. The only time I have cakes sweat is when it's really humid outside, and they will usually dry otu after a while as long as you ust leave them alone.

But I've noticed that Buddy seems to steam his fondant cakes, which is very strange, but could be a way to disguise the sweating/shiny surface when they're taken out of the fridge. All I know is that now that people have seen that show, they seem to think that it's normal for fondant to be shiny, so when it does sweat and get that shiny surface it's no big deal!

DaisyP32 Posted 7 Nov 2010 , 10:27pm
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I have steamed a couple cakes (after seeing Buddy do it) and like that look. Interesting thing is the steamed part stayed shiny for hours but the cakes that had the humidity problem went back to matte finish once they dried.

elliespartycake Posted 7 Nov 2010 , 10:51pm
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When I remove my fondant covered cakes from the fridge they get "shiny" almost every time. However, once they have been out of the fridge for an hour or two, the shiny goes away. So I never mess with it and just let time fix the shiny problem.

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