Fondant Decorations? When Should I Start

Decorating By Yoann26 Updated 14 Aug 2011 , 4:38pm by Yoann26

Yoann26 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 4:18am
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So, I have a cake due on friday and was asked to make a checkered board for one of the tiers. When can I start cutting the shapes? I have lots of small squares to make so I would like to make them in advance if is possible.
Is it okay to start cutting them tomorrow?
Wouldn't them be too hard?

Thanks alot.

Yoann

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heartsnsync Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 5:22am
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If you cut your squares ahead of time you would need to make sure they are 100% "square" or they will not fit together nicely later when they are dry. Do you have "the mat"? If so, perhaps you could cut the squares and place them under that so that they would not dry out. Just an idea.

glendaleAZ Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 5:28am
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Are you making a square or round tier?

I would think that if you are doing a square cake you could make the square cut-outs a few days in advance. But, if you are doing a round cake you would need to wait until you decorate the cake because the cut-outs wouldn't bend around the cake without cracking -- but I guess it would also depend on how small the cut-outs are.

Will the squares be eaten? If yes, I'm not sure I would cut them out more than 3 or 4 days in advance. I usually decorate within a few days, so I'm not real sure how the fondant will tastes if it's left out in the air for 6 days. Hopefully someone else will chime in and help you out.

Hope this helps,
Tammy

MacsMom Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 6:07am
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Fondant will still be soft enough to trim if necessary when made even weeks ahead, especially if you cover them with a silicone mat. Plastic wrap may leave marks on the fondant that will difficult to smooth if it dries too stiff.

Fondant has an amazingly long shelf life.

Yoann26 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 4:31pm
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Originally Posted by heartsnsync

If you cut your squares ahead of time you would need to make sure they are 100% "square" or they will not fit together nicely later when they are dry. Do you have "the mat"? If so, perhaps you could cut the squares and place them under that so that they would not dry out. Just an idea.





Ohhh!! I don't have "the mat" but I am planning to get it. I have another regular baking mat. Do you think i can put themm there and cover the squares with clear wrapping paper??

Thanks

Yoann26 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 4:36pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by glendaleAZ

Are you making a square or round tier?

I would think that if you are doing a square cake you could make the square cut-outs a few days in advance. But, if you are doing a round cake you would need to wait until you decorate the cake because the cut-outs wouldn't bend around the cake without cracking -- but I guess it would also depend on how small the cut-outs are.

Will the squares be eaten? If yes, I'm not sure I would cut them out more than 3 or 4 days in advance. I usually decorate within a few days, so I'm not real sure how the fondant will tastes if it's left out in the air for 6 days. Hopefully someone else will chime in and help you out.

Hope this helps,
Tammy




I am making a square cake.
I think i am going to wait and start cutting the squares maybe tomorrow or tuesday.

Thanks

Yoann26 Posted 14 Aug 2011 , 4:38pm
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Thanks everyone for the advices!

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