Fondant Not Drying.... Help!!!!

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cakedoc88 Posted 30 May 2009 , 11:17am
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hi everyone... i am a fondant newbew. just started decorating 3 months ago. i have 2 engagement cakes for my cousin due tom. but as luck would have it, its has been raining constantly in my part of the world today.

i am making a 2 layer cake (6 and 8 inch). the fondant recipe is okay since i made a big batch and used it to cover the dummies (the 8 inch part) 2 days ago and they look wonderful. my problem is my 6 inch cake. i was able to cover both cakes but they still look soft and squishy. im not sure if its the buttercream underneath the fondant although i only did a thin layer of crumb coating

never had this happen with my dummy cakes since i have been doing a lot of practice designs prior to this. but this is the first time i did it on an actual cake. i was able to put my designs on the cake since i have made them previously but i think the fondant looks soft.

is there any way i can speed up drying or decrease moisture. use a fan? blow dryer? im afraid of melting my gum paste attachments.

sorry i cant upload a photo. havent figured out how to do that yet. any help really appreciated...


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ylil Posted 30 May 2009 , 1:51pm
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I'm not sure if this will help or not, but I'm making fondant decorations and I have them placed on a tv tray, sitting over the ac register...they have dried really well, maybe that will help? We've had high humidity/rain lots here as well.

hth some,

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mom2rascals Posted 30 May 2009 , 2:16pm
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I have heard of people using the blow dryer to dry their fondant. I wouldn't use the hottest setting. If the humidity is that high, the fondant may get soft again.

ylil's idea sounds good, but what if you don't have an a/c register?

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Bluidgurl06 Posted 30 May 2009 , 2:24pm
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Hi...Hopefully you have a food dehydrator. I had the same problem here in Louisville KY with my fondant and gumpaste. Someone gave me the idea to use a food dehydrator overnight and it worked fabulously!! Good Luck!!!! icon_lol.gif

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cakedoc88 Posted 1 Jun 2009 , 4:52am
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to all those who replied.... thanks!

as an update, the ribbon topper was a goner. it slid all over the place. fondant dried semi soft but luckily my cousin and fiance loved the cake anyway. i'll look into getting a food dehydrater for the next time

thanks for all the help!


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Annabakescakes Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 5:30am
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I tried a food dehydrator for a mmf caterpillar cake topper and had it swell up to huge, mushy proportions. Think marshmallow in microwave.

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heavenlybaked2 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 5:59am
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i use my food dehydrator and open it up to the largest setting on it, and have had great success with it. my flowers, and bows dry in no time!

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cindysmithbrennan Posted 11 Jun 2009 , 2:57am
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Hi - I'm making a cowboy hat cake and the instructions said to roll the fondant 1/4 of an inch thick for the rim of the hat. It's been 48 hours and it's still not dry!!! Dare I use a blow dryer on it?

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