You may wish to prepare decorations ahead of time to utilize on a cake later. It significantly reduces the stress of executing tasks at the last minute.
There are a few methods for keeping manufactured fondant decorations soft and malleable for weeks so theyre ready to use when it comes time to design your cake.
In this article, I discuss why you may want to keep fondant embellishments soft and why you might not. I’ll also go through how to accomplish it and address some often asked questions about dealing with fondant embellishments.
I’ve discovered techniques to make cake decorating simpler via trial and error. For example, I was once requested to construct a cake with a lot of fondant scrollwork on it.
- The problem:
- The experiment:
- What worked:
- What are ways to keep fondant decorations soft?
- How do I keep fondant decorations from drying out?
- How do you soften fondant decorations if they’ve gone hard?
- Can I freeze fondant decorations to keep them soft?
- The most important tip:
- Other posts you might like:
- How do you store fondant so it doesn’t get hard?
- Can fondant decorations be made in advance?
- Will fondant decorations dry hard?
- Why is my store bought fondant so hard?
- Will fondant stay hard in the fridge?
- How long can you pre make fondant decorations?
- How far in advance can you decorate a cake with fondant?
- How far in advance can you decorate a Christmas cake with fondant?
- Will fondant soften in the fridge?
While I was actively accepting cake orders, I received an order for a huge wedding cake with a lot of scrollwork on it.
I had a full-time day job and realized there was no way I could shape that many scrolls AND get them on the cake in the time I had available.
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This was a two-sided cake, so it was somewhat complicated, and they had also bought cupcakes to go with it. I needed a strategy.
I knew I’d have to pre-make the majority of the fondant pieces, so I devised a method to keep pre-made fondant decorations flexible and malleable for later usage, since I wouldn’t be able to work with them if they solidified. So I decided to do some tests.
The molds I used to produce the majority of my scrolls and miniature flowers are listed below. A similar scroll mold may be found here. (The Wilton one I used seems to have been discontinued.) The rose mold may be found here.
I considered using modeling chocolate instead of fondant since it did not set as quickly, but the color of the modeling chocolate was a little whiter than my fondant, and they needed to be the same color. Modeling chocolate also did not remain as malleable as I required.
Then, I made some fondant scrolls and placed them in a plastic container coated with wax paper before closing it. It didn’t work since they still toughened up too much.
I even tried placing them in ziplock bags and then into a container, but it didn’t work. I wanted something that was completely airtight.
Suddenly I got a flash of insight. My family is well aware of my obsession with press-n-seal. I use it for almost everything, from wrapping my cake layers to freeze them to covering bowls of frosting or ganache.
In fact, my youngest step-son remarked the finest Christmas present he could think of was an econo-sized box of Press-n-Seal.
You can find my suggestions for freezing cakes and cupcakes here. It’ll very much demonstrate how much I like that things.
I eventually got it to work by pulling off a strip of press-n-seal and laying it on the table, sticky side up.
I cut enough scrolls to cover half of the rectangle and layered them on top of the press-and-seal. I made careful to allow ample room between each item and around the borders of the press-n-seal.
Next I folded the other end of the rectangle over the fondant things.
I squeezed the top layer of press-n-seal into the bottom layer with my finger to adhere them together. This was done first between all of the fondant items, and then the edges were sealed.
This totally prevents any air from entering the fondant bits. While you’re sealing around them, take care not to crush them. The press-and-seal creates a bubble around each component.
I took these little packages and stacked them in a plastic container. You may fill your container with them (as long as they aren’t massive, heavy pieces) and then cover it with a lid.
Keep them away of direct sunlight and in a cool part of your home. I have a tiny closet where I keep my fondant. You can even put them in the freezer and they will be OK.
This worked well for me! I prepared these weeks in advance and they remained exactly the same as when I placed them in the container!
All I had to do the day I made this cake was rip apart the press-n-seal and use a little water to glue the scrolls to the cake. Everything worked flawlessly.
Oh, and if you want to see the backstory, go here.
I won’t claim that this strategy is ideal for every scenario, but it worked for me. If you have non-textured ornamental things, this may not work for you.
As you seal around each item, it produces a small bubble around it to keep it secure, however if the press-n-seal becomes a little wrinkled beneath it, you may have a little texture imprinted on your things from the press-n-seal.
It will work well if your things are textured and do not need to be incredibly smooth.
The thing about this strategy is that it is not limited to scroll work. It may be used for a variety of purposes.
You may need to add a plaque to your cake, but you don’t want to do it on the day of decorating. If you have a circular cake, the plaque will have to be curled around it.
If it dries flat, it won’t appear good when attached to the cake. You could just dry it on a foam cake dummy the same size as the cake you’re about to make, but what if you don’t have one on hand?
This suggestion could be your best bet. Create the plaque and keep it malleable by sealing it in a press-n-seal pocket. Let it to hang out for a few minutes if it needs to solidify somewhat so it doesn’t become deformed when you attach it to your cake.
Let us now look at some frequently asked questions.
What are ways to keep fondant decorations soft?
- You can pre-make fondant decorations and then seal them in press-n-seal wrap as described above.
- Fondant decorations can also be stored in an air tight container to keep them soft, however smaller and thinner decorations may still harden up even in a container. (It’s best to seal them in plastic wrap first as described earlier.)
- You can also store fondant decor in the freezer. It will become firm when frozen, but will soften once it’s defrosted.
How do I keep fondant decorations from drying out?
- Make absolutely sure that you don’t leave them out to air-dry. That is what causes your fondant to dry out and become hard.
- You must keep your decorations in an airtight container.
How do you soften fondant decorations if they’ve gone hard?
You may try microwaving the fondant at 50% power and then kneading it in between microwaving periods, but there is no foolproof method.
It may never be perfectly smooth after hardening. But keep in mind that if you want to soften little fondant decorations you prepared, don’t microwave them since fondant melts rapidly and might destroy your design.
Can I freeze fondant decorations to keep them soft?
Fondant decorations may certainly be frozen. You should ensure that they are tightly packed and in an airtight container, and that they may be frozen for many months.
If you have the room, you may even add your décor to freezer bags and freeze them flat. As long as you didn’t allow the fondant solidify before freezing the decorations, they’ll be soft and malleable when they thaw.
It’s also worth noting that there will be some moisture when you thaw the fondant embellishments. As a result, if you have really elaborate patterns that are deeply colored, you may experience some degradation.
The most crucial thing is that you do not touch the decorations while they are wet. It will ruin the texture.
The most important tip:
If you’re baking a cake for a truly important event and can’t afford to have anything go wrong, try out a couple of the ideas above and see what works.
If you wish to use the freezing approach, prepare a little test fondant decoration, freeze it, and then thaw it to check how it turns out. If it succeeds, you’ll know what you’re capable of.
If it doesn’t work, you know you’ll need to do some more trying, but it definitely beats discovering something didn’t work when you’re in the midst of decorating a cake.
I really hope these suggestions assist you with a future project and that you will be able to plan ahead of time. I love sparing myself stress, and I hope these suggestions do the same for you.
Other posts you might like:
- Tips for Making Your First Fondant Cake
- How to Store a Cake
- Common Cake Decorating Terms and What they Mean
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How do you store fondant so it doesn’t get hard?
Cover fondant with a thin coating of shortening, wrap it securely in plastic wrap, and keep it in an airtight container. Keep it at room temperature.
Can fondant decorations be made in advance?
Making fondant and gumpaste decorations or figurines is a great way to get a head start on cake decorating. They may be produced anytime from a day to several months before your cake’s due date.
Will fondant decorations dry hard?
When fondant is exposed to air, it hardens, but the rate at which it hardens depends on the humidity and temperature of the air. It takes longer to dry in humid settings. When you make cake decorations, you need them to solidify so that they keep their shape.
Why is my store bought fondant so hard?
When fondant becomes too stiff, it is mainly often due to the fondant being left out for too long before being placed on the cake.
Will fondant stay hard in the fridge?
In the refrigerator, fondant hardens up rather than drying out. When it reaches room temperature, it will stay unchanged and will still need time to dry. Marshmallow fondant is a unique beast; most marshmallow fondant recipes are soft and sticky.
How long can you pre make fondant decorations?
Fondant decorations can be made up to 3-6 months ahead of time if stored properly in an airtight container away from extreme temperatures or humidity. Fondant decorations exposed to air can dry faster, so keep them in a tightly sealed container.
How far in advance can you decorate a cake with fondant?
I mean, you may cover your cake board with fondant or add more components to it. Cake toppers and decorations – Sugar flowers and figurines may be produced up to two weeks in advance.
How far in advance can you decorate a Christmas cake with fondant?
Icing a Christmas cake may be done a few weeks ahead of time, so do it early and you’ll have one less thing to worry about on the big day. If your decorating talents are limited, you may easily make a basic frosted cake appear magnificent with only a bit of ribbon and some holly.
Will fondant soften in the fridge?
Fondant-decorated cakes are not typically kept in the refrigerator because the fondant absorbs moisture and softens.