Refrigerating Fondant Covered Cake

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momma28 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 7:06pm
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I told a friend I would make her daughters bday cake 2 months ago. Her daughters bday is 2 weeks after my daughters but she called me this morning to tell me that she is having her daughters party the day after my daughters, "remember you said you'd make her a castle cake?" as her daughter is in the background saying "Im having a castle party!!" Mind you this is for THIS WEEKEND. My daughters is Saturday and now her daughters party is sunday. Now to my question.

Because I wont have time to decorate on Saturday being that I will have a house full of people can I refrigerate the castle cake after I have decorated it with fondant? I know some people dont but why? Does it melt or something?

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alcotth Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 9:21pm
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I've heard that it will get water spots and basically sweat once it comes to room temp after being refrigerated. I have done a buttercream cake and did fondant zebra stripes on it and refrigerated it with no problems. But it was not completely covered... If you can keep it in the fridge until delivery I'd say go for it! But they would have to eat it shortly after to avoid having it sweat. I have made a cake and covered it in fondant and left it out for 2 days before delivering it, in fact that was just this weekend and it was delicious. So you could try that too. Just make sure to wrap it in plastic wrap once it's covered. Hope this helps! icon_smile.gif

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Jenni2383 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 9:33pm
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I have put a cake in the frig with just fondant decos. and the were sticky and soft when I took it out. I have heard that covering in fondant seals the cake enough that you don't have to put it in the frig. it keeps it fresh. You never see Duff put cakes in the frig, but the Cake Girls do...........wonder how the keep their fondant from getting sticky?

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lparnaby Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 9:33pm
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The fondant can have issues after putting it in the fridge. You can just keep it in a cool room and it wont be a problem. I make cakes, ice with buttercream then cover with fondatn and they are fine for a few days not refrigerated.

If you make it Friday, it will be perfectly OK for sunday as long as there is no fresh cream etc in it.

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momma28 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 9:34pm
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I can't leave it out because I will have a house full of 50 people (more than half of them kids) the day before I have to deliver the cake. I won't have any counter space to spare and I wouldn't want that cake "competing" with the cake my daughter is so excited about. Im actually kind of annoyed. I told her about my daughters party via email 2 weeks ago and she never said anything about having hers the next day.

If anyone has good experience with refrigerating fondant cakes please let me know. Is there a trick to it?

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leah_s Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:18pm
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I'd put the cake in a spare/unused room and lock the door.

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bashini Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:19pm
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I never put fondant covered cakes in the fridge. But once I saw one member mention that she does put fondant covered cakes in the fridge and if there is any condensation, she uses the hair dryer to get rid of it.

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momma28 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:23pm
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would covering it in a box make it sweat? I guess I could keep it in my bedroom and lock the door.

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Sandy2008 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:36pm
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Ask her if you can deliver it on Friday, due to your party situation with your daughter.

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momma28 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:39pm
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she will be here saturday for the party. I huess I can tell her to take it home with her but she is coming late (3 hrs late ugh) to my daughters party so its not even like I can stick it in her car and be done with it.

I think I need to grow a backbone and say no next time. I kinda feel taken advantage of and like she doesnt care about my daughter only hers

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mmdiez10 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:43pm
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I'd say stick in in a spare room and lock the door too. Fondant does fine for a day or two unrefrigerated.

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Sandy2008 Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 10:46pm
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Probably better to lock it in a room away from everything then, as previously suggested. With all that is going on with the party, don't let her stress you out. Enjoy the kids and forgo her request next year. It will be fine.

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Nicolle711 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 1:57pm
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I guess I am the only one in saying this but I too used to keep my cakes out after applying fondant until I had to do a cake with fresh fruit filling and I just didn't know what to do. A few members on cc told me it would be alright if I put it in the refrigerator. So I put my cake in a cardboard box, wrapped the box in seran wrap and left it there overnight until I had to deliver the next morning and the cake had no problem. It did not sweat or get soggy or nothing. I use Satin Ice and I think the type of Fondant you use will determine if it can handle the fridge or not. Just my opinion.

Good luck with your daughters birthday and your friend's daughter birthday. icon_biggrin.gif

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calicakequeen Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 2:14pm
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I have refrigerated fondant cakes..... The only thing I have really noticed is that the fondant will begin to harden.... I tell my customers to peel the fondant off anyway before the cut it.... at the bakery we also refrigerate fondant cakes as long as they are in a box because the box will absorb the extra moisture.....Good luck!!

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lapazlady Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 2:14pm
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In my experience, putting a fondant covered cake in the refridgerator is fine. The problems start with gumpaste decorations or if the cake is air brushed. The gumpaste will melt and really be ugly, and cakes that are air brushed for color will sweat as they come to room temperature. The sweating will reabsorb, if you have time to wait for the cake to dry, this still could cause streaking and blotching. A cool, locked closet will do the trick. (Not a first choice, by any means, but can you close and lock your bedroom?)

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forthwife Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 2:24pm
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I made the gumpaste misstake this weekend. The butterflies I made were a 50/50 gumpaste, fondant mixture. Once out of the refrigerator, they were floppy within about 10 minutes. Thankfully, the cake was for a friend. I sent her with 25 extra butterflies and she said the original ones were fine since they cut and ate the cake straight from the fridge anyway

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lutie Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 2:24pm
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I put a buttercream cake with fondant and gumpaste figures in the walk-in for six hours at my church, as the kitchen area was really warm... the figures got really sweaty.

I would have her come pick it up on Friday, telling her that you are busy with your daughter's birthday. If she throws a fit, tell her you had her scheduled on her daughter's actual birthday, so her re-scheduling conflicts with your family's celebration.

Do not stress. Let her know that is the way it is. No exceptions!

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momma28 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 5:37pm
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I can lock my bedroom. I was also thinking I might be able to keep it in the pantry if I clear a shelf (I have a big pantry).

I think this will be the last time I offer to do her kids cakes (I made her other daughters cakes a month and a half ago). I do them for free because we used to be really close but we are not as close as we used to be.

I am happy to make cakes for people I love but have never had anyone take advantage in this way. Usually they are thrilled and understand the time involved.

Oh well. lesson learned.

I think I am not going to chance it. Room temp it is icon_smile.gif

Thank you so much for all your responses. I think if I wasnt making gumpaste figurines to go on it I might try the fridge.

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ladyonzlake Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 4:39am
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Looks like I stumbled on this after the party but for anyone who'd interested...I ALWAYS refrigerate my fondant cakes...fully covered fondant cakes and also BC with fondant accents. I also airbrush my cakes and put them in the frig with no problems.

In the summer when it's hot out they will sweat when you take them out but it will evaporate with no issues. Its the change in temperature from the fridge to the outside temp. that makes them sweat.

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kiwigirly Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 7:10am
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I made my cousin's wedding cake, it was a large 16, 12, 8 stacked covered with fondant. When I delivered it to the venue it was placed in a cooler room overnight. It looked perfect the next day and tasted great. Definitely didn't ruin anything. Also, for my mum and dad's 40th wedding anniversary I had ordered a cake with a printed image on it (them on their wedding day) but unfortunately my dad got MRSA and was in hospital and we had to postpone their party. The cake was already ready so we put it in the freezer, covered with glad wrap but so it didn't touch the icing. When he was well enough for the party, we took the cake out the day before and let it defrost in a cool room. It did sweat a little but it didn't make the colours run or anything.

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