So you bought too much Fondant for a party and now you just have no idea what to do with it all because you didn’t use it. It’s a common problem. At this point, most people would just throw it out, but you don’t need to go that far.
There are plenty of ways to store leftover fondant icing so you can use it another day and save a little bit of money and time and effort.
Ready to roll icing AKA fondant is basically entirely sugar. So yes, you can freeze it. It won’t be damaged by the freezing process and will still be good to eat. It should also remain pliable once defrosted.
You just need to make sure you wrap it very tightly with plastic wrap and put it inside freezer bags. You might also consider oiling the Saran Wrap slightly with butter before wrapping. this will make it easy to deal with later on.
Following these steps will give it an extra layer of protection against the absorption of other fridge flavors and smells. It’s definitely not what you want the fondant to taste like.
This goes for commercial fondant or homemade fondant depending on how you made it and what ingredients are in it. You can also put fondant decorations in the fridge and you can freeze fondant cookies without issue. They will remain crunchy and delicious by the time they are ready to eat.
However, you should know that when you put fondant In the fridge instead, it may absorb some moisture and become more pliable than desired. It may lose some of its stiffness so keep that in mind, but the same thing doesn’t happen when frozen, only when it’s placed in the fridge.
Fondant doesn’t need to be placed in the freezer though. Because of its high sugar content, its shelf life is extremely long. It’s remarkably shelf-stable because of that same sugar. So while it might be more convenient for you to put it in the freezer, you can actually put it in your pantry as well and it will be just fine for up to 8 months.
The same instructions apply. Wrap it up in (none buttered) plastic wrap and place into a sealed plastic or glass container for best results.
Of course, the shelf life will vary based on what ingredients are in the fondant. Most brands will contain gelatin, corn syrup, powdered sugar, and other types of various sugars as well as shortening or butter.
If your fondant has shortening or butter in it it is unwise the store it in a pantry. The butter can go rancid without refrigeration or freezing. This type of fondant Is best placed in the freezer wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a sealed freezer bag.
Thawing frozen fondant
Assuming several months have gone by and suddenly remember oh crap I have a bunch of fondant In my freezer, which let’s be honest you’re going to forget about within 24 hours of placing it there, you’re going to need a thaw it to use it.
Defrosting Frozen fondant Is very easy, simply remove it from the freezer and place it while it’s still in its bag onto the countertop. you should do this the night before you plan on using your Icing to make sure it’s completely thawed by the time you need it.
There are different consistencies and thicknesses of fondant, Quick pour, and rolled. If yours is meant to be poured over the cake or other desserts/cookies then you should let it completely thaw out before warming it up to a pouring consistency.
Doing this will make it easier for you to heat it up to the pouring consistency you want. If you try to heat it up from a frozen state, you may end up overheating it, making it too thin. Repairing your overheated fondant is not an easy task and requires a lot of work. So it’s easier to avoid any problems, to begin with.
Yes, you can freeze your leftover fondant, fondant cookies, and decorations. In its frozen state fondant will last up to 8 months. You can also place it in the pantry as it’s extremely shelf-stable. It comes down to personal preference.