Refrigeration And Cake Batter Questions - New To This! :)

Decorating By LindzerBee Updated 16 Aug 2011 , 2:22pm by cakeastic

LindzerBee Posted 11 Aug 2011 , 11:03pm
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I am making a cake for my niece's birthday party, which is on Sunday. I wanted to assemble the cake Friday, as I will be gone most of the day Saturday.

My first question is if the cake batter contains cream cheese, does the cake have to be refrigerated? It's not a cream cheese frosting, just an ingredient in the cake.

Also, I am covering the cake in fondant. Am I right that fondant doesn't do well in the refrigerator? I have a new kitten and don't want to risk leaving the cake out on the table for too long.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Marianna46 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 8:03pm
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The cake itself doesn't need refrigeration and you're right, fondant doesn't do well in the fridge. You could finish the cake on Friday and box it up to keep it away from your kitten. Some people refrigerate fondant with no problem, but at least in the climate where I live, the condensation that forms when you take it out of the fridge is enough to ruin it.

ShandraB Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 8:43pm
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I always refrigerate my fondant cakes - although I know some people are not fans. I live in a really humid area. The trick for me it to set the cake out (it will develop condensation) - allow it to come to room temperature and don't touch it until it dries by itself. If you touch it while it's clammy it will leave prints, etc...

Marianna46 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 9:28pm
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ShandraB, my problem is that it's SO humid here that the condensation never dries, even when you put a fan on it, and the fondant starts cracking on the surface. It was a really neat look for an antique-looking cake that I made the first time I refrigerated my fondant (thank goodness it was on that cake and not another design!), but it wouldn't look good at all on the other ones I've done!

ShandraB Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 9:40pm
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Wow - does condensation form on the ones you just leave out?

Marianna46 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 9:53pm
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No, although on the worst days it starts to get kind of shiny- (make that slimy-) looking after a while. I also have to keep whatever I put under it - buttercream or ganache - to a minimum or else the humidity from my crumbcoat is enough to melt the fondant. Ain't life in the tropics grand? (Well, what can I say? It usually is!)

ShandraB Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 10:00pm
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Well, LindzerBee, I hope you don't live in the tropics! At least for cake things. icon_lol.gif

carmijok Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 10:05pm
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One of the ways to defeat the condensation issue even in humid climates is to put your finished cake in a box and wrap that box with plastic wrap or even a garbage bag and put in the refrigerator.

Take it out and let it come to room temp while still wrapped. There should be minimal, if any condensation issues.

You might also put some cornstarch in the box to help absorb any moisture that may be there. I've been putting bowls of it in my refrigerator and it seems to have helped.

Marianna46 Posted 15 Aug 2011 , 8:06pm
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I knew about the box, carmijok, but not about the garbage bag or the cornstarch. Thanks for those tips, in case I ever actually do have to refrigerate a fondant cake. There's NEVER enough room in my fridge for a boxed cake, but one in a big ol' plastic bag would fit!

tiptop57 Posted 15 Aug 2011 , 8:27pm
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You can also buy silca gel packets and build it into your cost.

Marianna46 Posted 15 Aug 2011 , 9:06pm
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Yes, and I've been looking for those, not only for refrigerator condensation, but also for my isomalt bling and other things. Where in the world do you get them? I'm not in the States, but I'd be happy to look for them on a visit back there. I haven't been able to find them locally.

carmijok Posted 15 Aug 2011 , 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

I knew about the box, carmijok, but not about the garbage bag or the cornstarch. Thanks for those tips, in case I ever actually do have to refrigerate a fondant cake. There's NEVER enough room in my fridge for a boxed cake, but one in a big ol' plastic bag would fit!




No, no, no! Don't put in a plastic bag if it's not in a box! The box is to keep it dry...and the bag is extra assurance to keep the humidity out. I wouldn't wrap a fondant cake in plastic! icon_surprised.gif

Marianna46 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 3:48am
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Well, drat, just when I thought I'd found a new and wonderful solution to this problem! Thanks, carmijok. You've kept me from making yet another blunder!

tiptop57 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 12:33pm
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Marianna46 can you order from Amazon? As they have the silca gel packets. I use them for my gumpaste flowers. Also, Ebay is always a good choice for finding the unusual.

tiptop57 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 12:34pm
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Marianna46 can you order from Amazon? As they have the silca gel packets. I use them for my gumpaste flowers. Also, Ebay is always a good choice for finding the unusual.

tiptop57 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 12:35pm
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Marianna46 can you order from Amazon? As they have the silca gel packets. I use them for my gumpaste flowers. Also, Ebay is always a good choice for finding the unusual.

Marianna46 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 1:58pm
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I can order books from Amazon, but they won't ship anything else to Mexico - or at least that's been my experience with them in the past. But no problem - I think I'm going to see family in the US pretty soon, so I'll stock up on them while I'm there. Thanks for the info, tiptop57!

cakeastic Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 2:22pm
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I dont know why everyone doesnt like to refrigerate fondant cakes. I always put my fondant cakes in a box and refrigerate them with no problems. And ive never seen condensation form on any of my cakes even with refrigerating.

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