AI made my first fondant covered cake for my sons 2 year birthday and stored it in the fridge over night. I just pulled it out and the fondant is hard. Will it soften in time to serve in a couple hours? Is this normal for the fondant to get hard?[IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3052159/width/200/height/400[/IMG]
From what I have read, you definitely should NOT put a fondant covered cake in the fridge.....the fondant will sweat as it comes to room temperature. I dont work with fondant much but when I have I have noticed that it becomes quite firm even at room temperature so I would guess that it would be even harder when put in the fridge....it should soften up as it comes to room temp.
It should soften back up once it comes to room temp!
AIt will soften up again, but you might want to take some precautions against it "sweating" and having the colour run. Place it somewhere where it can come up to temperature slowly and place a fan nearby. This should help to keep it from getting sticky. In the future don't put fondant covered cakes in the fridge. :)
ANever put a fondant covered cake in the fridge!!!
OK, just to clear it up, you CAN put fondant covered cakes in the fridge. I know it's a source of debate between bakers, but the always or nevers have a lot of variables. If you live in a hot/humid climate, the fondant might sweat when it comes out of the fridge and comes to room temp...if it's mmf, that can be very, very bad, but some of the firmer fondants do better. If it's NOT hot/humid, you won't have any problems. I prefer to keep my mmf cakes in the fridge in the winter, I can't use MMF at all in the summer, it's just tto humid here. I agree with the fan to speed drying, you can also put your fondant covered cake in a box, double wrap with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge, let it come to room temp in the box before unwrapping. It's supposed to help with the sweating, but again, it depends on the climate where you live.
OP, you'll be fine, your cake will be fine and the fondant will soften when it comes to room temp!
I have used several different types of fondant....mostly homemade. I have also refrigerated fondant cakes and it really depends on the type you use and the temperature/humidity in your area. Mostly what sixinarow said but I haven't have tried the plastic wrap idea. In my experience when the fondant warms too fast then it sweats causing colors to mix ect.. But when to take it out of the fridge just like the BC it should warm up and soften.
AThank you everyone for your help. It did soften nicely in time and I didn't have any colors run. The fondant did not get too sticky either just slightly and no one noticed :) so it was safe to refrigerate maybe i got lucky. thank you again for your comments. :)