Decorating cakes with fondant gives them a smooth, elegant finish. If you decorate with it, you will want to know how to store a fondant cake overnight. Fondant can be delicate to work with, so proper storage is vital to ensure that it remains in its prime.
Whether for a wedding, birthday party, or formal event, fondant cakes are a popular choice. Since baking and decorating a cake takes several hours, bakers commonly have it entirely prepared by the night before. However, if you don’t properly store your cake you can potentially ruin it, which would be an absolute disaster.
What Is Fondant?
Fondant is a type of icing that is used to decorate cakes and other baked goods. It is very different than other icings and comes in two forms: rolled and pourable. Rolled fondant is the more common out of the two varieties.
Rolled fondant has a thick texture that is similar to clay. A rolling pin is used to roll it thin and it is then draped onto cakes. It is ideal for making elaborate decorations and designs that you could not make with buttercream.
Fondant is made with sugar, water, and corn syrup. In some cases, it contains gelatin or glycerin to help make it easier to work with when sculpting and shaping. In addition, it can also be made from melted marshmallows and sugar, though this method is less common.
Fondant is completely edible, however, some people are not a big fan of the taste or texture. It can be made in just about every color, which is great for elaborate decorations.
Bakers apply it to cakes after frosting them with a layer of buttercream. The buttercream acts as glue, allowing the fondant to stay in place.
How To Store Fondant Cake Overnight
It can take hours to decorate a cake with fondant. After decorating your cake, you want to make sure to properly store it to maintain the freshness of both the cake and fondant. Fondant is sensitive to humidity and heat, so proper storage is key.
Fondant dries quickly and is prone to cracking. To help prevent this, cover your cake tightly with plastic wrap. This can work for short-term storage or even overnight if need be.
For best overnight results, store your fondant cake in an airtight container at room temperature. Be sure to keep your cake in a cool, dry area that is out of the sun. You can store it at room temperature for two to three days.
If you live in a hot, humid environment, you will want to store your cake in the fridge overnight. However, fondant can become hard and dry out in the fridge, so only place it in the fridge if need be. In addition, it may also crack in the fridge.
You should also store cakes with any perishable fillings such as mousse, cream cheese frosting, jam, or custard in the fridge. Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container for up to three to four days.
Can you freeze a fondant cake?
You can freeze a fondant cake, but it must be done correctly to prevent the fondant from collecting moisture and becoming runny. When properly stored, your fondant cake can last up to one year in your freezer.
To start, wrap your cake in two layers of plastic wrap and then cover it with a layer of aluminum foil. Place the covered cake in a cardboard cake box and seal it tightly before placing it in the fridge.
If you have any fondant decorations, place your cake uncovered in the fridge for one hour so the fondant will freeze. Then, take it out and cover it with your plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in a cake box and returning it to the fridge.
Fondant cakes should be carefully thawed out as colors may blend in the thawing process. To thaw, transfer the cake from the freezer to the fridge and let it sit there for at least a few hours or overnight. Then, let it sit on the counter in a cool, dry environment until it reaches room temperature.
How To Store Leftover Fondant
So, how do you store fondant that is leftover from decorating? Well, if you have any leftover fondant from decorating your cake, you can store it for up to two months. To store, roll the excess into a ball or log and then cover it with a small amount of shortening to prevent it from drying out. Then, cover it in plastic wrap place it in a Ziploc bag or airtight container for proper storage.
Store your fondant at room temperature in a cool, dry location. Avoid keeping it in a humid, warm environment and keep it from direct sunlight. Do not store your leftover fondant in the fridge or freezer as this will dry it out and make it difficult to work with.
You can also store rolled sheets and cut-out decorations. Simply cover them with a thin layer of shortening then carefully cover them with plastic wrap and place them in a Ziploc bag.
Storing Fondant Cakes
Fondant cakes make beautiful cakes for weddings, birthdays or any big celebrations. They have an elegant appearance and you can even create elaborate decorations that are completely edible. Even though it is thick and has a clay-like consistency, it is still totally edible.
To store overnight, place your cake in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool, dry environment. You can even cover it with a layer of plastic wrap before putting it in the container to keep it from drying out. If you live in a hot, humid environment, then you will want to place it in the fridge wrapped in plastic and in an airtight container.
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