How to Bake and Decorate in High Humidity
Wedding Cakes In Tropical Conditions
I would like to know how to bake and decorate in high humidity.
Question: Hi, I have moved a while a go to a country in the Caribbean. I am really keen on trying how my creativity and love for cake decorating will work here. However I find it very difficult as the heat and humidity is very high. There is no such thing here as room temperature.
Do you know any tricks to how I can win over the humidity. I have a wedding cake to make in a few months time and its a request for red velvet and 4 tiers.
I find that when I bake the cake it sweats, gets sticky on top and crumbles easy (do I need to bake it longer?) however it is cooked complete on the inside.
The question I'm really interested in is about fondant in this type of weather. How on earth do they do it, the other people that use fondant here. I tried to email a few to ask, but no reply. What fondant would hold in humidity? maybe Wilton? I don't know I have not had the chance to bring it here yet. I don't even know how I can dry gum paste flowers, figurines etc. Its all very sticky and melts as room temp is above average.
If you can help in anyway with baking and decorating in humidity I would appreciate it.
Sorry about the looooong question.
Lorelie's Response: Hi, The humidity in Connecticut sometimes gets high in the summer, so I have dealt with it a little bit. I have never had the baking issue that you talk about and would ask that anyone reading this help out with an answer if they can.
As far as brands go Satin Ice Fondant is one of the best. I do use Wilton in a pinch for smaller projects.
The only solution that I have found when working with the fondant in humidity is air conditioning and dehumidifiers. Also finishing your cakes with fondant at the last possible moment so that it doesn't have as much of a chance to melt down.
I do not refrigerate the cake after it has the fondant on it so I never put it on until the day before. The basement comes in handy sometimes in hot weather. I think you will need to get air conditioning in order to bake and decorate in such high humidity. In your situation it is not safe to leave a cake out overnight in that heat.
Some say that Satin Ice can be refrigerated. So why not give it a try.
Thanks for visiting my website and don't worry no question is to looooong :)
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help out here.