I'm making this optimus prime cake tonight and it needs to be dry for tomorrow. I cut out the shapes for the side of his head out of 50/50 gum paste/fondant. Do you think this will dry fast enough? And will it be hard enough to keep its shape?
AUummm hummmm......well im not sure if they'll be completely dry to stand like that....I have read on here where people put things like that in there oven with just the oven light on for warmth and it dries quicker.....now dont go and do that without someone else here saying it will work because im not 100% sure its right and if you do put something in your oven make sure no one turns it on and ruins them...
AI have an over the range microwave and put my pieces in there. Usually having the surface light on makes it really warm in there ! I have found though that when placing them on wax paper in there when the moisture starts to come out of the pieces it wrinkles the paper in turn wrinkling the gumpaste/fondant pieces. I now place them on a corn starch dusted silicone mat.
I always put my fondant pieces in the oven with the light on, and they dry fairly quickly. I set them on a wooden cutting board dusted with cornstarch. I usually flip the pieces over halfway through the amount of time I have. I set them further away from the bulb rather than close to it. If too close (or if the bulb is clear), it can be too warm, keeping them soft.
Another question: The birthday party isn't until Sunday but the mom is picking the cake up today (Friday) for some reason. Should I get her to refrigerate it until Sunday? My concern is that if she puts it in the fridge, the tall thin pieces will begin to curl/fall with the condensation. But I've also heard a cake can only last on the counter a couple of days and this cake has already been out overnight. Thanks for all of the feedback!
There is a very good chance the dried pieces will soften and bend/curl. Unless the cake has ingredients that require refrigeration (cream cheese, fruit, etc), I'd have her not refrigerate.
You could add a cake pop stick on the back of the long pieces.
Thank you guys! I'll do the pop stick.
How do I adhere the pop stick? I don't want it to be super obvious.
You can wrap the stick with the colored fondant that you used for the piece. Use some glue like piping gel or made out of tylose to stick the fondant wrapped stick to the back. I think this will make it look as part of the piece since all pieces will have the same thing. Of course this is in case it does not hardened. But if you mentioned that they need to refrigerate I would not hesitate to put the stick because it will get soft in the refrigerator.