Can You Refrigerate Fondant?

Poured fondant that has not been applied to cakes can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks.

You can reheat it into its pourable form when you want to use it.

If you love to bake and decorate as I do, you probably find yourself with several cakes at a time.

Since your family cannot consume all the cakes in a single day, you will have to store them for future use.

Fondant is a sugar confection rolled into a flat sheet for placement on baked food products such as cupcakes and cakes.

It can also be poured on desserts.

When applied to cakes, fondant adds a smooth appearance to cakes and maintains cake moisture underneath.

Refrigerating Fondant Cakes

When you have fondant cakes, you may be wondering if you can store them in the fridge.

You can store the cakes in an air-conditioned room set at 20 degrees centigrade or 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

This will ensure that the cakes will remain cool by keeping the climate dry.

However, if you cannot manage to run your air conditioner all the time, you can refrigerate your fondant cakes.

But, you should know that the cake will dry out in the fridge.

When you remove the cake from the refrigerator, it will wilt due to condensation formed on the icing.

The condensation weakens the consistency of the fondant’s paste.

If you have to store a fondant cake in the fridge, wrap it with plastic wrap to protect it from cold air.

You can alternatively place the cake in an airtight container.

Once you get your fondant cake out of the fridge, let it adjust to room temperature with the wrapper still on. You can leave it for about one hour before you unwrap the cake.

How I Started Refrigerating My Fondant Cakes

I went to school to learn how to decorate cakes.

My teachers and all the books I read said that fondant cakes should never be refrigerated.

I lived with that knowledge for several years until I saw someone I looked up to as an expert in the field, refrigerating fondant cakes.

As you can imagine, I could not believe what I was seeing.

This person was first wrapping the cakes with plastic bags.

Initially, I thought plastic bags were for protection against odors.

I was later to learn that plastic bags prevent cakes from sweating while inside and outside the fridge.

I was doubtful about her theory until I decided to test it at home. In essence, fondant is made of sugar.

When it comes in contact with moisture, sugar melts, but it doesn’t melt when it is cold.

Therefore, fondant does not sweat because of the fridge temperature but because of condensation. Condensation happens when there is an extreme temperature change.

So, the fondant cake will start sweating if you take it out of a cold fridge into a warmer place.

Therefore, the plastic wrapper insulates the cakes from extreme temperature changes when you place them in the fridge and remove it from the refrigerator.

When I proved the theory, I now make fondant cakes several days before they are needed, enabling me to work at a good pace.

I also do not have to worry if there is leftover cake as I place it in the fridge to be eaten on another day.