Baking/decorating In The Desert - Do I Change Anything?

Decorating By sarahcake32 Updated 28 Feb 2012 , 7:46pm by sarahcake32

sarahcake32 Posted 28 Feb 2012 , 2:52pm
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Hi Everyone!

I'm baking my first wedding cake this week, and I'm in a new location. I am usually by the beach, but am now in the desert. Should I change anything in my baking/decorating? I will be using fondant on the cake, should I be concerned about it drying out?


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QuebecGirl Posted 28 Feb 2012 , 4:09pm
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Hello there,

My experience is in Arizona, I pretty much live in the desert south of Phoenix.

What you can expect is gum paste drying really fast and maybe cakes baking a little faster - test your cakes earlier than later when you first start. I know that my cakes didn't rise as much when I as in Florida, here it seems to work out better for me. When I bake delicate things that require some humidity in the oven like a cheesecake, I add a pan with water in there ahead of time.

Also, you may need to adjust how you wrap your unused fondant as everything dries fast here. Fondant on a cake should be alright as it gets humidity from the medium underneat (BC or ganache).

sarahcake32 Posted 28 Feb 2012 , 7:46pm
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Great! That's actually where I am! South of Pheonix icon_smile.gif Thanks for the tips.

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