Refrigerating and Freezing Fondant Covered Cake:
I love your page. I wonder if you could leave in the refrigerator a rolled fondant covered cake, and how you have to do it. I did once and the cake came out with something like little water spots over the fondant, but I have a friend who says that she always put the cake in the ice box even with fondant in it. I don’t understand. Thanks a lot for your help.
Refrigerating: First I need to say that fondant dough (before it is placed on the cake) can and should be refrigerated. After it is on the cake I do not suggest that you refrigerate it.
You should not refrigerate a fondant covered cake. The condensation that can occur when you defrost or bring to room temperature can destroy the finish of the fondant. Yes, you are right about the water spots that is caused by condensation. Leave a cold glass of water on the counter and the surface of the glass will get the same kind of water spots. Water condensation. It is a physics issue.
Your friend has been lucky about putting the cake in the refrigerator. Someday probably when it is most important the cake will get spots. If you live in a humid region your problem can even be greater and you can have drip line and puddles on the cake plate.
I do not guarantee this next technique. This is a trick you can use IF YOU MUST!
If the cake has been refrigerated, put the cake in a cardboard box (not a cake box) while it is coming to room temperature. The cardboard collects the atmospheric moisture and helps to protect the fondants surface.
Freezing: Fondant does not freeze well at all, as a matter of fact, downright lousy! The condensation that can occur when you defrost or bring to room temp can destroy the finish of the fondant.
Now, if you are going to freeze the cake, as many folks do until the first anniversary, yes go ahead and freeze. The cake will not look as beautiful as it did originally but you just have to keep the idea in mind that it was perfect on the day of the wedding.
· 1 decade ago