Drying Fondant Figures...

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gdkerplunk Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 8:46pm
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I made the fondant figures for my baby girl's Pooh birthday cake today (for her party on Saturday). Am I correct in thinking that all I need to do to dry them is to let them sit out to dry? They wont split in half or anything crazy overnight, right? icon_smile.gif I'm not really looking to have people eat them. Some of them need to be dried or else they wont stand up properly.

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icer101 Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 8:52pm
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i always put my figures on a cake board.... little powder sugar dusted or cover in foil.... place in front of a small fan that i use only for drying fondant , gumpaste, candy clay, etc... if i make people , if i make animals, etc... that is how i dry them... hth

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LeckieAnne Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 8:58pm
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I put mine in the oven with the light on -- no heat. Just don't forget not to turn the oven on for cooking!

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Ariginal Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 9:02pm
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Yes you can leave them to dry in the air... i personally add a hardening agent before making them so as to help rusht he drying process along and place them in the hot water cupboard if needed.

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summernoelle Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 9:03pm
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I always just let them sit out and dry. Never ever had a problem!

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CristinaB Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 9:10pm
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I haven't had any problem drying fondant figures as long as it's not humid. I just recently made bride and groom figures for a groom's cake for my cousin's wedding AND had to take it to Maryland. Well, that's humidity central! I made them about a week in advance and mixed in some tylose powder with the fondant. I was able to assemble them all at once instead of waiting for the parts to dry, which was great! They dried perfectly, and all in one piece!

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mad11 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 12:05am
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So you're suppose to let the pieces dry and then assemble?

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Ariginal Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 12:27am
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Hi again no not always necessary i dont unfortunately i am a last minute person so mine dont get that opportunity i have to when making my motorbikes etc.. but not with figures... its a personal preference

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beachcakes Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 12:07pm
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I always add tylose to fondant to help with drying. And keep them out of humidity! Trust me on this one icon_smile.gif I have figures for a cake tomorrow that have been stored in a bedroom w/ a window AC all week. They would never have survived the week with out it! icon_smile.gif

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jess85 Posted 11 Jul 2008 , 1:44pm
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air dry and add tylose. you can make alot of figures in one go but sometimes you need to dry pieces to get the right result. like handles and shoes. sometimes its good to let your models dry before"dressing" them too.

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Tona Posted 12 Jul 2008 , 1:36am
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I leave mine out to air dry as well and have had no problems with them.

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1cey Posted 28 Jul 2017 , 3:13pm
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How long dose fondant take  to dry? Plz

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CupcakeLissa Posted 29 Jul 2017 , 5:58am
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Depends on the size really. If you are making small designs that are created using the stamps then not long, about an hour? However if it's a model I tend to line a tin with a layer of rice and then place a sheet of baking parchment on top. That way you can sit your models on the parchment and put the tin in a cool dry place. The rice will help to absorb the liquid from the fondant and I find that leaving them overnight does the trick! Hope that helps 

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SandraSmiley Posted 29 Jul 2017 , 5:24pm
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I use gum paste for figures that need to dry and stand, but fondant with a good dose of Tylose added would work, as well.  For elaborate figures, I use modeling chocolate, which does not require a drying time.

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