I had a brainless moment yesterday that resulted in the total decimation of all of my fondant cupcake toppers.
My mom had asked me to make up some cupcakes (only a dozen) for a friend's 60th birthday, and I got full creative license. They're for a gentleman, so I decided to do a fairly simple topper that would sit on top of my buttercream swirl. I still wanted them to be jazzed up though, so I had decided to hand paint a chevron pattern, and then set the "60" on top of that. I spent most of the weekend working on making the MMF, cutting out the pieces (numbers are a pain!), painting, and putting things together.
I live in an apartment with cats, so I can't ever leave anything sitting out. I put my tray of toppers in the cold oven to keep them safe (or so I thought). I bet you can tell where this is going...
Yesterday afternoon, I was prepping things to make the actual cupcakes, and turned on my oven to preheat it, totally forgetting the toppers were still inside. They melted (and slightly burned) into a giant mass. Sad panda! Luckily for me, its my mom and friends and they don't care as long as they taste good, so I made up some much more simple toppers instead. At least my buttercream is still pretty.
Aw, so sorry that happened to you.
I store things like that in my oven also. I will turn on the light to dry Roy Icing flowers, however, put a sticky note on the oven button and this will remind you not to just turn it on. I relay this hint to my students in course 2.
I am always afraid that is going to happen to me. I double check my oven even when I don't even have anything stored in the oven.
Oh no. Glad it wasn't too bad of a flub since it was for family but I can't imagine!
Oh, the sticky note idea is brilliant! I wish I had better storage space.