How Long Does It Take For Gumpaste To Harden?

Decorating By we2texans Updated 20 Feb 2009 , 9:00pm by kakeladi

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we2texans Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 5:49pm
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Once I've make my shapes, flowers, etc., how long does it take for the gumpaste to harden to the point where it will stand upright? I'm making a rainbow that will span from one cake to another.

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msmeg Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 8:02pm
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It depends on the thickness when I make wired flowers if I do not let them dry for several days they will break where it is thicker next to the wire. and flowers are very thin

I would hazard a guess anything large enough to span between two cakes would need a couple of weeks.... I would also put some sort of support inside it.

This might be a great time to use a Duff trick and make it out of styrofoam covered with fondant.

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kakeladi Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 9:00pm
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It depends on how warm. humid etc it is and as msmeg said, how thick and big. Also depends on the recipe you are using. Drying it on a bed of cornstarch helps hasten things. I still would give it 3-7 days, but most of the time overnight has worked for me.

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