I am making a shoe box cake for a birthday and am freaking out a bit about the sharp edges on the cake. So, I was thinking about cutting out fondant to exact sizes for the sides of the shoebox and freeing them before sticking them on the cake to get a perfect finish. But I am scared a bit of freezing the fondant because my friend refrigerated her fondant covered cake once and it started sweating. Has anyone ever tried freezing fondant and has any tips?
There's really no point to freezing them, because once you take them out of the freezer, they start to accumulate moisture, which will cause the fondant to melt, or at least get all goopy, as you said. The only way to avoid this when you freeze them is to wrap them airtight, but you have to leave them totally wrapped until they thaw, so why bother? I would just air dry them for a few days and apply them to the sides of the cake. Better yet, why don't you do this with gumpaste instead of fondant? That will dry a lot faster and better and won't lose its stiffness when you apply it to the cake, so you'll get a more box-like effect.
I just used this method for a wood crate and found this tutorial : http://sugarsweetcakesandtreats.blogspot.com/2010/04/wine-bottle-in-crate-cake.html
I would to ensure it dries firm and is strong enough to stand on end. I can't remember the exact amount - I just added a little bit at a time until I noticed the color start to lighten, slightly. Once dry, I attached the panels to a fondant covered cake with a little buttercream. The panels stayed in place and remained firm. When it was time to serve, we just removed the panels and then began cutting.
the precolored fondants are so saturated with color, you can also add a little gumpaste to your black fondant without it affecting the color. Not sure what brand you're using, I'd used Satin Ice for this purpose as it will dry firm. I did for the panals on my shoebox cake and my Alamo cake - both times they were ready to use within 24 hours (flipping a few times during drying time).then measured the crumb coated cake and cut out the fondant panels with those measurements adding about 1/3" on both the front and back panels (cut the two sides exactly as measured).The panels dried for 48 hours (they were still a little flexible, but stiff enough to work with). then cut out four strips of black fondant and put them on the four corners of the cake (wrapped around the edge). it helped because any small gaps between the sides of the panels were largely disguised by the black underneath instead of white BC showing through.
I didnt have to re-cut/re-size the panels once appllied to the cake. I found that with the black fondant underneath and by simply applying or scraping off BC where needed to make it fit, it all worked out. Oh ya, I applied gumpaste/tylose glue to the fondant corners so that the panels fit nice and tighltly.
I'm writing this so it helps someone else. I decided to freeze my fondant because I didn't have time to air dry the fondant like @Sunishtha Singh suggested. I didn't want the fondant to become too dry either by adding the tylose/CMC powder or use the gum paste/satin ice because personally, I prefer the flavour of fondant better than gumpaste.
So, I found this link and this one and decided to follow the instructions. But I did add a bit of guess work and common sense and instead of freezing the fondant panels for 15-20 minutes, I only froze for 10 minutes and didn't open the fridge/freezer until the 10 minutes were finished. I also put the panels in the freezer at the same time and worked very quickly to attach the panels once the 10 minutes were finished. Once I attached the panels, I switched on the aircon but not for more than 15-20 minutes and it seemed to be fine, even considering that it had been raining all day.
I don't know what role does the fridge play in this but I have a frost free fridge. I also used black fondant for the panels and even though I personally find it much more moist than the white fondant, the panels attached nicely and the shoebox looked very smooth, at least from the sides.
I hope this helps someone and I give the fondant freezing a thumbs up :)