Okay, I have never worked with fondant before and I want to make some jungle figures for my son's birthday. Can I make the figures three weeks in advance and freeze them?
And also, if I'm covering a dummy cake with fondant do I need to put something under the fondant?
Thanks for all your help!
No need to freeze the fondant figures. You can make them well in advance and just store them in a cardboard box until you need them.
You can use piping gel under the fondant so it will stick. You might want to get some tylose powder to mix with your fondant to make it more like gumpaste so they hold up its not easy to make things with fondant if you want them to stand or keep the shape. Tylose will make your fondant stiffer but not as hard as gumpaste. i get mine @ cakesbysam.com they ship really fast. I have never froze fondant i don't think it even needs to be refrigerated just make them and keep them in dry area or box like jillfcs said. Youtube has good tutorials for these. Good Luck!
I usually use 1/2 fondant & 1/2 gumpaste for my figures. As stated b4, they should be fine in a clean box, no need to freeze. Good Luck!
Definitely just let them dry, you want them to firm up. Fondant doesn't spoil, at least not for months or even a year.
Thank you all for your replies and help.
I will buy some tylose tomorrow. But how much of tylose should I add to the fondant, I'm using Satin Ice fondant?
Use just enough tylose powder so the fondant feels a little "rubbery" -- I am not sure of the exact proportions, but you do not need to use very much tylose powder.
I mix tylose with fondant for all figurres. Works great. Gets hard after a couple days. My question is, can you still eat them after they get hard?
yes they are still edible. My son loves it even after weeks! It is hard, and most people don't like them....but if they like fondant, they will. I took a cake to a church gathering, and people were going after the fondant figurines.
I used the tutorials on you tube when I made my animals for a baby shower cake. I also put the tylose powder in my MMF. I believe on one of the you tube tutorials it says to add about a pinch of tylose to about a 2" ball of fondant. hope this helps
So the fondant figures will "taste" better (not as hard) if I do them few days ahead instead of weeks?
If I freeze them will they be softer?
Ummm, are you talking about 3D figures or flat pieces that you adhere to your cake? My comments were in reference to 3D figures.
do not freeze!!!!! seriously, step away from the freezer. they will not truely harden, so you risk disaster - as in suddenly things will sink, get fatter, move.
if you are doing flat cut outs, stroe them betweek two layers of clingfilm in an air tight box, they wont dry/ harden at all.
if you are doing figures (which i assume you are), to some extent they need to be dry/ harder. (attatching head to soft body = squished body) to be honest a few days vs a week or two, i dont think will make that much difference, it certainly wont matter to the kind of person the likes eating fondant figures!
Hehe okay, now I will stop thinking of the freezer, thank you
I am talking about 3D figures
I usually do mine about a week ahead of time. As somebody else said, you want to give yourself plenty of time, so the head doesn't squish down onto itself. Good luck.