Hey guys, I'm about to deliver a cake, and had to redo a gumpaste figure that needs to stand up by itself (with a toothpick for support)
How can I speed up the drying process? Freezer? Hairdryer? Air Vent??
Someone here or on the Wilton boards had mentioned (sorry, I can't recall who) to use a food dehyradtor to quickly dry gumpaste and fondant....just a suggestion, I know that most ppl don't have these laying around the kitchen
I have dried a gumpaste figure quickly by using a hairdryer. Stand about 1 foot away from the figure for a few minutes. I moved the hairdryer slowly right to left on a low setting. Do this again to the other side of the figure and the back side. I found this works best when you then allow a few minutes for the figure to "rest" (no dryer) before you do the above "rotation" again so that the gumpaste does not get warm. Keep doing the dryer rotation and resting for about an hour and the gumpaste figure will be firm enough to stay in position on your cake. Good luck!
I had to dry my "teapot cake" handle quickly yesterday as the first one I made broke I popped it in the oven on the lowest heat for a couple of hours, let it to completely cool and then glued it to the cake. It worked a treat
I use the trick of putting the piece in an oven with just the oven light on now. My lowest oven setting is 170 degrees which melts everything but the oven light brings the temp to around 100 degrees so it works well.
I put mine under an angle poise lamp, if need be i set it up on something higher... so its closer to the warmth of the bulb