Need To Dry Fondant Decorations- Fast!

Decorating By Chef Miriam Updated 28 Sep 2013 , 1:25am by erin2345

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Chef Miriam Posted 27 Sep 2013 , 11:35pm
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Hello everyone!  I haven't had a chance to post anything since my broken marble rolling pin fiasco.  Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions.  I want to post pics, but keep getting distracted by all the great stuff here!


Okay, so here's my problem.  I'm working on a birthday cake for delivery TOMORROW, with a cute flat palm tree that I cut out of 1/4" thick fondant mixed with a bit of Gum-Tex five days ago.  It was supposed to stand up on the cake (I used a lollipop stick).  I set all my decorations on a folding work table in my den to dry.  Life was good.  They were dry enough to stick upright into a piece of foam in preparation for a quick spray of pearl "paint".  Enter The Vacuum.  While vacuuming the carpet, I accidentally tapped one of the table legs very lightly.  I leaned down to straighten the leg, and my head hit the table top- causing the table legs to fold and the whole table collapsed.  What didn't break in the fall, broke when everything else on the table fell over.  Tears!!!!


So, before I move onto Plan B (Total Panic), anyone have any ideas what I can do to dry the decorations I need overnight?  I can make them again quick enough, I have both fondant and gumpaste from a batch I made last night for another cake, I'm just worried about getting them dry enough to stand.  I have Tylose powder, but have never used it.   I would appreciate any ideas!!! 


Thank you thank you thank you

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JuliSchulze Posted 27 Sep 2013 , 11:42pm
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APut in the oven with the light on or at the lowest heat possible. Or if you have a lamp of some sort you could place the decorations under the light at close range? I've never placed items in the oven but have used the lamp on several occasions..

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Chef Miriam Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 12:39am
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Juli- the lowest setting for my oven is 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Is this good or is it too high?  I'm flashing back to my "rinky-dinks" days...  Thank you so much!

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BrandisBaked Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 1:05am
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ADon't turn the heat on, just the light. If you have a piece of foam handy, place your pieces on top of it to dry so there is some air circulation underneath - otherwise it could dry a bit uneven and warped.

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erin2345 Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 1:25am
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You can try painting the backs of the pieces with chocolate - the chocolate will dry hard and support the fondant.

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