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Dehydrate fondant and royal icing?

post #1 of 9
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So I've got a couple of cakes this week that will have some royal icing decorations and one with fondant cutouts that need to be pretty solid. I can go ahead and work on them today, but it is a precarious thing to have anything sitting out to dry for days with my two toddlers running around and no vehicle to go anywhere. So I was thinking maybe I could wait until closer to date, use tylose in the fondant, and maybe stick them in my oven on my dehydrate setting for a few hours or more. It's basically a very low temp with the convection fan running to keep things nice and dry. Do you think this would work? I didn't know if the heat (i can turn as low as 105) would have the opposite effect and make it softer. Opinions?
post #2 of 9
I tried this once in my oven on a very low setting and it had the opposite effect. It wasn't a convection oven though.
Can't you put them 'up high' somewhere out of the way of traffic and toddlers?
post #3 of 9
I've read of people using a dehydrator to dry fondant/gumpaste faster. If your oven has a setting specifically for dehydrating, I think it would work. But I would try it first on something different just in case it has the opposite effect. That way you have time to air dry everything before you need them. Good luck!
post #4 of 9
I know people have tried to put stuff in the oven, the oven is off, but turn the light on. the light lightly heats the gumpaste and speeds the drying time.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'd love to be able to put them out of my kids reach, but they are surprisingly tricky and my house is rather small. Putting even a tray on the countertop takes up precious kitchen space. I have a dehydrate setting and a proofing setting on it. It's a snazzy oven. icon_smile.gif Proofing is 85-140, Dehydrate is actually 100-140, then there's a Warming that starts at 160 which I know is too hot. I know the royal will dry out fairly quickly since it will just be white and piped into a couple of simple spiderwebs. I know I can do it tomorrow during naptime, then it will have a couple of days to dry out. The other I will try tomorrow, and hopefully the oven can help dry it out enough I can put it in a ziploc out of sight.

I could always keep them on a tray in my oven i guess, but I know either me or my hubby will likely turn it on to preheat and forget everything is in there. Unless I crockpot meal it all week. Hmmm...

Thanks for the input guys!
post #6 of 9
I would think it would work fine. Take a piece of fondant now and try it. If it doesn't work then try placing your things that need to be dried on the top of the fringe while kiddos aren't looking. That what I do. icon_wink.gif
post #7 of 9
I would think it would work fine. Take a piece of fondant now and try it. If it doesn't work then try placing your things that need to be dried on the top of the fringe while kiddos aren't looking. That what I do. icon_wink.gif
post #8 of 9
I agree with putting them in the oven with the light on, oven off. I do this all the time for royal icing. AND I put a sticky that says NO over the control panel to warn everyone that there is something inside!!
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by SammieB

I'd love to be able to put them out of my kids reach, but they are surprisingly tricky and my house is rather small. Putting even a tray on the countertop takes up precious kitchen space. I have a dehydrate setting and a proofing setting on it. It's a snazzy oven. icon_smile.gif Proofing is 85-140, Dehydrate is actually 100-140, then there's a Warming that starts at 160 which I know is too hot. I know the royal will dry out fairly quickly since it will just be white and piped into a couple of simple spiderwebs. I know I can do it tomorrow during naptime, then it will have a couple of days to dry out. The other I will try tomorrow, and hopefully the oven can help dry it out enough I can put it in a ziploc out of sight.

I could always keep them on a tray in my oven i guess, but I know either me or my hubby will likely turn it on to preheat and forget everything is in there. Unless I crockpot meal it all week. Hmmm...

Thanks for the input guys!



Put yourself a note on top of your stove to remind you to remove the items before preheat.
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