Fondant is a rolled frosting that is draped over a cake and also formed into decorations. Fondant cakes can be incredibly beautiful, but if you want your cake to stay that way, you need to store it properly. Luckily, learning how to store cake and fondant are pretty simple.
Storing a Pre-Made Fondant Cake
If you ordered a fondant cake from a bakery, it will probably be at room temperature when you pick it up. Keep it at room temperature.
While you may store a cake with buttercream or whipped cream icing in the fridge to slow spoiling, this is not necessary with fondant. The fondant protects the cake and fillings so they won’t dry out or spoil. Refrigerating the fondant cake may cause condensation to form on the fondant when it warms up again, which might make the colors run.
Just leave the cake in the boxes it came in, and keep it on the counter until you’re ready to serve it. If it’s a warm day, make sure your air conditioner is running to keep the room below 75 degrees F.
What if it’s hot outside and you don’t have air conditioning? Then, the best solution is to put the fondant cake in the fridge. You will need to wait to remove it from the fridge until just before you’re ready to slice it. This way, the cake won’t have a chance to warm up again and develop condensation.
Storing Slices of Fondant Cake
Since the cake and fillings are now exposed, it is best to store the slices in the fridge. Put them in a covered container, and eat them within 5 days. The fondant coloring may run a little, but usually, this does not bother people when the cake has already been sliced.
You can also freeze slices of fondant cake. Place them in a covered container, and freeze them for up to 3 months. To thaw, take the cake out of the freezer and put it in the fridge for 6 – 8 hours before you plan to eat it.
Making and Storing Marshmallow Fondant
If you know how to make marshmallow fondant and recently prepared a batch, how should you store any leftovers? The best way is to form your marshmallow fondant into a disk, cover it with a little shortening, and wrap it with plastic wrap. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 months. With this method, you can double your marshmallow fondant recipe and keep extra on-hand for a day when you feel like baking.
Making and Storing Traditional Rolled Fondant
If you followed a more traditional rolled fondant recipe with corn syrup, you can cover your leftovers with a little powdered sugar, and then seal it up in a Ziplock bag. Store the traditional fondant at room temperature for up to 1 month.
Knowing how to make fondant is just the beginning. Knowing how to store it is important, too! Whether you buy your fondant cakes or make your own at home, the guidelines above will keep your delicious desserts fresh.