I noticed on the Cake Challenge that a dehydrator was being used to speed up (I'm assuming) drying of fondant and gumpaste. Does anyone here use one with success?
Hi, I have one and always wondered if it could work but i never tried it. at the moment i have no flowers to make but when i do i will try it out and post about it. I hope someone else has tried it and can tell.
i wondered the same thing
please i would love to know also
the contests use it b/c of the time limits. for the rest of us, I think as long as you plan ahead you should be fine. it dries pretty quickly as is. you also can speed it up by putting items in the oven with must the light turned on. But even a good size lump of gumpaste (think base for a large rose) dries rock solid overnight
My flowers are really thin. I made them Friday and they still are not hard. They are soft and lose their shape if I take them out of cups I have them in. I'm dying to use them on a cake, but I'm having to wait and wait! Frustrating.
P.S. might be the really nasty humidity we are having here is So. Calif.
LOL That is funny you posted this I just finished watching it on our DVR and I rewound it to see if it was really a dehydrator she used and thought I would give it a try to when I got the chance
I also was really taken with the idea of marblizing the fondant but I would use more of a pastel color scheme not so dark.
I don't know about a dehydrator but I have a dehumidifier running in the art room while working on the royal frosting, gumpaste flowers and 50/50 items. It really is helping tremendously!!!
I am currently in the process of using my dehydrator on some very thin painted stars...Only been in less than an hour and I can pick them up and only move slightly, almost stiff :0) Super excited!
I use my little old dehydrator constantly for gum paste due to the high humidity in my area. It does *NOT* work for me with fondant - it actually melts the fondant and makes an unimaginable mess. I have an inexpensive round stacking unit that is at least 15 years old - something like maybe a Ronco? DH made a couple of "lifters" in different heights for me that fit just inside the lip of the drying rack to hold the lid up higher so that I can dry bigger/taller pieces. I simply could not get anything to dry without it.
I've never had gum paste not dry faster than I wanted it to. Are you using pure gum paste or fondant? The most recent cake I did at the last minute I decided to make a palm tree about 3 in the morning to put on the cake due the next day and it was dry enough to stand in the cake in a few hours. I use Wilton pre-made gum paste.