I’m planning on baking a cake for my friend’s bridal shower, but I’ll have to make the fondant on a separate day from the cake itself. Can you freeze fondant? I’ll need to leave it for about 24 hours before using it.
Fondant is a great kind of icing to use on cakes because they’re tough enough to cut up into different shapes, you can really smooth them up and make them look tidy and neat. The dough-like consistency is really easy to work with.
More often than not, you’ll find yourself with more fondant than you’ll actually need, so freezing fondant may seem like a good idea. But is it? The answer is a complicated yes and no.
Can You Freeze Fondant?
Fondant is usually made of confectioner’s sugar, gelatin, glucose, glycerine, cornstarch and some flavoring. Once it’s done, it becomes a malleable sheet of icing that you can easily turn into different shapes.
It’s tough enough to stand, and soft enough that you can simply use your fingers to shape it. Freezing it however hardens it up and makes it harder to work with. And leaving it in the fridge only gives you a few days, and will sure to accumulate moisture and destroy the cake’s design.
When you use fondant, you usually give it different colors or flavors, and it creates a good-looking cake because of how versatile it can be.
You can use really bright striking colors or tone it down with a pastel look. You can use it to cover up the entire cake or cut them into shapes like flowers, footballs, or whatever you fancy.
When you freeze fondant, it becomes tough to reshape, and sometimes, the coloring droops and melts with the moisture that builds around it.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t freeze fondant. You certainly can, and it can even last for several months, granted that you do a couple of things first.
How to Freeze Fondant
If you know you’ll be freezing fondant, the first thing you should do is to make sure you won’t put elaborate designs on it. The fondant will definitely gather moisture around it, so it might droop if you put too much coloring. If you know for sure that you’ll be freezing it, stick to a basic cake instead.
- First off, when you freeze fondant, you will definitely need the cake to be ready. You’ll need to put the fondant on the cake already and freeze the entire thing.
- Wrap it in plastic tightly. Make sure the entire thing is air tight, and cover it with several layers. A frozen fondant cake can last up to several months, even a year.
When defrosting fondant cakes, make sure to do this slowly. Let it rest in the fridge overnight with the plastic cover on. Then, take it out and leave it in room temperature for a couple of hours before taking the plastic off. Once you take it off, let it air dry and make sure you don’t touch it so the design and colors stay the same.
Recipes with Fondant
Mini Fondant Cakes
Fun-looking and colorful mini cakes that is sure to have the sweetness of the icing and moistness of the cake with each bite.
Cupcakes are great for those who want a balance between the cake itself and the icing. Plus, they’re cute looking and easy to eat.
Carrot cupcakes are full of flavor and are often covered in cream cheese. But fondants also make great accents for carrot cupcakes, especially when used as little decors on top.