I'm making my nephews wedding cake for June 1 and am adding gum paste flowers. I've made a bunch but the weather here is so humid I'm afraid they are going to melt before I need them. Any suggestions as to what might help keep them hard will be greatly appreciated. I need to make more but want to make sure there will harden. Please help!
My house stays humid as it warms up. I bought a small fan from Walmart and set my flowers in front of that until I need them.
Many products- including prescriptions & some powdered foods come with small packets of drying agents Have any around? In the future keep them on hand :)
yeah called silica gel packs —
but also add some extra tylose or cornstarch to your gum paste brew — will make it set up faster but — it should hold fine in air conditioning — it’s nothing but quite humid here for months in elvistown — never had my gp or fondant flowers wilt
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are you in the u.s.?
I feel a story coming on -- if I recall correctly somewhere in ohio like twenny years ago there was a cake competition or display or something where tons of lovely work was brought into a tent in the summer for viewing -- yeah, it was a competition because I remember one of my friends won something -- well it rained like crazy the dew point exploded and all of the gorgeous creations including the hand made flowers in that tent wilted like under whipped whipping cream in a hot kitchen --
but that was an extreme thing to have happen -- should not happen in air conditioning -- so i'm also wondering if you have too much water/liquid in there if in fact you are in air conditioning
KSJ, Where do you live? I live in Florida and I have to keep my flowers in an air conditioned room! I was working on a project and came home one day to find all of my rose petals on the table, I was horrified to say the least.
If you do not use it already, the best gum paste that I've used and holds up much better than any other to humidity is Nicholas Lodge's recipe. It is much stronger than most commercial pastes and rolls thinner too. Under very humid conditions, however, I would probably leave my petals slightly thicker than otherwise, just for extra strength. The only think I do differently that the recipe shown is to add one extra egg white. Just use your judgement and the consistency of the mixture.