Need To Dry Fondant Decorations- Fast!

Decorating By Chef Miriam Updated 28 Sep 2013 , 1:25am by erin2345

Chef Miriam Posted 27 Sep 2013 , 11:35pm
post #1 of 5

Hello everyone!  I haven't had a chance to post anything since my broken marble rolling pin fiasco.  Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions.  I want to post pics, but keep getting distracted by all the great stuff here!

 

Okay, so here's my problem.  I'm working on a birthday cake for delivery TOMORROW, with a cute flat palm tree that I cut out of 1/4" thick fondant mixed with a bit of Gum-Tex five days ago.  It was supposed to stand up on the cake (I used a lollipop stick).  I set all my decorations on a folding work table in my den to dry.  Life was good.  They were dry enough to stick upright into a piece of foam in preparation for a quick spray of pearl "paint".  Enter The Vacuum.  While vacuuming the carpet, I accidentally tapped one of the table legs very lightly.  I leaned down to straighten the leg, and my head hit the table top- causing the table legs to fold and the whole table collapsed.  What didn't break in the fall, broke when everything else on the table fell over.  Tears!!!!

 

So, before I move onto Plan B (Total Panic), anyone have any ideas what I can do to dry the decorations I need overnight?  I can make them again quick enough, I have both fondant and gumpaste from a batch I made last night for another cake, I'm just worried about getting them dry enough to stand.  I have Tylose powder, but have never used it.   I would appreciate any ideas!!! 

 

Thank you thank you thank you

4 replies
JuliSchulze Posted 27 Sep 2013 , 11:42pm
post #2 of 5

APut in the oven with the light on or at the lowest heat possible. Or if you have a lamp of some sort you could place the decorations under the light at close range? I've never placed items in the oven but have used the lamp on several occasions..

Chef Miriam Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 12:39am
post #3 of 5

Juli- the lowest setting for my oven is 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Is this good or is it too high?  I'm flashing back to my "rinky-dinks" days...  Thank you so much!

BrandisBaked Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 1:05am
post #4 of 5

ADon't turn the heat on, just the light. If you have a piece of foam handy, place your pieces on top of it to dry so there is some air circulation underneath - otherwise it could dry a bit uneven and warped.

erin2345 Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 1:25am
post #5 of 5

You can try painting the backs of the pieces with chocolate - the chocolate will dry hard and support the fondant.

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%