Sunday, 1 December 2013

How to Harden Fondant Quickly

   Hello everyone! I stumbled across something recently while making a cake for my crafting challenge, and I needed my fondant to harden quickly. I read that, for the most part, you should add tylo powder to the fondant as you kneed it and that'll help it set faster. Of course, I had read this only after painstakingly carving out what I needed, and I didn't want to redo it all, and I don't have any tylo powder anymore anyway. So I was a bit stuck. But then I stumbled onto a few forum posts.

   To harden fondant quickly after you've shaped it, you'll need the help of your oven, especially if you live somewhere humid. First of all, it needs to be said that heat will soften and even melt the fondant, so you don't ever want to put the fondant in an oven that is on. Instead, turn your oven on to a low setting and preheat it for 5-10 minutes. I have a gas oven, so I go for about half a gas mark at most and heat it up for 5 minutes. Once the oven is warm, I turn it off, then put the fondant in and set the timer for 10 minutes. The heat from the oven is dry, and it'll rid the fondant of moisture, and though the fondant is still soft when it comes out, it doesn't lose shape and it hardened up when it was allowed to cool for a few minutes. I've tried this with small and large pieces of fondant - small were my G.N.E.R.D.S. and large was the topping for a cake - and it's worked well, but the larger piece definitely took more time in the end.

   If you're making a fondant flower or something with lots of bits, I'd dry the petals and leaves separately in the oven before attaching them together. Dry fondant can be stuck together with tylose powder and water or some royal icing which effectively makes an edible glue, or into some soft fondant that will be hidden in the centre.

   I've heard other people say that turning the light on in the oven, but leaving the oven off at the same time, will also help. I don't have an oven like that, so I can't say for certain, but this pre-heating method works just fine for me.



16 comments:

  1. You have literally just saved my butt-ercream! I made a perfect rainbow to go over my cakefor this weekend and it snapped when i picked it up to place it last night... there were no tears Iam proud to say. I got to making another one, added tylose to the fondant and left it overnight to dry. BUT, it was still too soft to stand on its own when I got up this morning. Pulled your trick and BAM! Dry and stable rainbow!

    I have an electric oven. Did this once at 75degreesC and then again at 100degrees, leaving it in for about 10 minutes the second time.

    I so appreciate your help. There will be one happy 4 year old in Australia as a result.
    - Sam, Tasty Art Creations.

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    1. Awesome! I'm so glad I could help! In truth I tried it out because I was impatient but it's good to know it's saved an emergency! I hope there was a VERY happy 4 year old! :D

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  2. Thank-you so much. You've saved my 6 years old bday cake. I made a fondant monster high doll for my daughter and this worked great. Her party is today and I just finished the cake due to your help so thank you again.

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  3. Hello kim! Quick question, The fondant won't start melting once you put it in a warm oven? and do u make ur own fondant? 😊

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    1. Hi Olgita! No, I've never tried to make my own fondant. But as for melting the fondant, this is why the oven should be set to the lowest possible heat: not so hot that it will melt it, but just warm enough to evaporate the water in the fondant.

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    2. Spent ages making an Iggle Piggle. Put it in the oven and it melted and I had to throw it away. The oven had been on but was off when I put the figure in. Guess it was still too hot. Be careful!

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  4. I am rolling my fondant on a texture mat. Will this have any effect on the design?

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    1. It really shouldn't as long as the heat is low - the fondant shouldn't move, melt, smear or anything so you should be just as fine as the rest of us ^^

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  5. Hmmm. I made dozens of stars to thread as a garland round my daughter's wedding cake (with tylose). They hardened nicely, but then I stored them in an airtight tupperware with kitchen paper between the layers and white bread to wick up the moisture. I've checked them a week later...and they are soft again :( How should I best store these 'flowers' for the next few weeks to keep them hard please?

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  6. Found this thread while looking for an answer for something (I didn't find it) lol but I notice wild swimmers comment about storing it, I'm no expert but iv been told not to store it in a airtight container and just a cake box to help them dry , possibly why yours were soft again , just thought I'd add the comment of my knowledge I'm off in search of my answer now haha happy baking x

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  7. Fondant holds up best if left to air dry, they won't soften again if left in the open, that's what I do. In a different note, I'm going to try this now, I'm making fondant camping chairs and I need them to be firm enough to hold fondant people. Thanks!

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  8. Hi, i am new to this. i was wondering if you could give me tips on how to make a spout and handle for a teapot cake using the same method? any bit of advise would be truly helpfulx

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    1. I'd love to be able to help, but I've not made anything like that before - have you checked the tutorials and forums on Cake Central? There's a whole forum dedicated to cake decorating, and a lot of that revolves around fondant: http://www.cakecentral.com/forum/c/9/cake-decorating

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    2. That is no problem at all, thank you for the reply. i will try this way and see how i go :) thank you x

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    3. You can get a clay extruder from the hobby store. Extrude a perfect line and shape your handle from that. Make sure to put a little cisco or coconut oil in the extruder first.

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  9. Thanks so much. I have to cover a cake board tomorrow. .. forgot to do it today. But want the fondant to dry up asap.

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