Damn you rainy humid weather!
, Jan 24 2013 09:44 AM
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:44 AM
Desperately seeking advice!!
I make fondant toppers for $$ on the side and have just finished my daughters 1 st birthday toppers- all made with fondant and added tylose powder (cmc) this rainy weather we are having in qld has made everything that was once hard, now soft and sticky!! I'm having a freak out - have a cake due in a week and the toppers are soft :-/ help help help! What do I do?????
Have tried air con room, and the oven light trick- and I really don't want to fork out big $$ on a dehumidifier.
Is there something I can do?
Any replys would be helpful!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:21 PM
Bicarb absorbs moisture. You could try bicarb in a container with a rack over it, fondant on the rack. Lid on.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:56 PM
the oven didn't work? That's a worry
What sort of aircon?
What brand of fondant?
Add more tylose
Buy some closet hippo's
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:06 PM
Put them in the fridge? I am only a noob with fondant but I made my son's cake topper several days before his birthday and was having similar problems with the horrible heat and humidity here. Once kept in the fridge it was the fondant was hard and perfect.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:11 PM
Eat them and make new ones closer to the day?
Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:41 PM
What about Miss_E's idea but with raw rice instead of bicarb?
Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:12 PM
I've used a heat lamp when desperate
Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:16 PM
Cornflour.... put it in a stocking or similar and dab it to soak up the moisture. Don't put it in the fridge.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:21 PM
Fridge is your worst enemy! It will sweat.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:21 PM
Fridge is your worst enemy! It will sweat.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:02 PM
Crisis averted for now- kristyannb we have split systems and I use my suppliers own brand, that I've never had a problem with, I guess with all the floods and rain etc- that's what's caused it!
I put them under a bedside lamp, and turned the ac right down.
And i bought hippos today. :-) Thanks again everyone!!
Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:09 PM
I ask about air con because refrig cooling can help but evap cooling will add to or even be the source of your problem. Not sure what category split systems fall into?
Glad to hear all is good now
Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:26 PM
Split systems are usually refrigerated, aren't they?
Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:22 AM
Kristy- how much tylose should I be adding to say 500g?? I keep thinking I'm adding too much?!
Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:32 AM
I think its 2 teaspoons to 500g. Except I don't mix up game paste in advance any more.
I just sprinkle a little on the paste as I use until it feels right, You'll find you need more in a colour like black or red then white. I might make up a bit if I knew it was going to be used it fairly soon (few days, week) otherwise I found I would go to use it for the next cake and it would be to dry and had to be thrown away.
If I was going to make a batch I'd say do 250 g.
The other thing your could try if you are still having problems is flower paste. I know some decorators prefer flower paste even for modelling but they can vary between brands / recipes
Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:27 AM
I loose my cool trying to do black or red so I buy it pre- coloured. I just use the tylose by feel, generally a pinch or 2. Haven't tryed flower paste yet, I was told its really not very nice tasting?
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:04 PM
I use the precoloured too but I find it usually needs a little more tylose added to it then white.
There are different recipes for flower paste so I imagine they vary in taste, I use a simple recipe using pettince. I don't eat it but the kids have never complained
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:40 PM
Here is a recipe I have just come across. Haven't tried it but it's meant to be humid conditionsGum paste recipe
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:07 PM
Thanks kristy :-)
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:24 PM
I've just done a wedding cake in this heat and humidity.
Gum paste with a little extra tylose added. Kneaded well to avoid cracking + air con room and closed windows to keep the moisture from the rain out. I kept my figures in a bowl of flour to keep shape while they dried as it can take longer in this weather- just dusted the figures off with a soft paint brush. Once fully dried store them in an airtight container with one of those moisture absorbing sachets. You know the ones they put in pill bottles or shoe boxes?
Avoid putting them on the cake until the very end and keep the cake in air con if you can while it has the decorations on it otherwise the moisture from the icing will soften them and make the figures sticky.
A week should be fine to get them dry, mine only took about 2 days.
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