We are having another lousy summer here in the UK, and judging by the comments on the news, there's not much to cheer about weather-wise around the world either. People are either baking or flooded out, no happy mediums. It's all very worrying.
However, in spite of the lack of sunshine, there has been plenty of warm humid weather here the last couple of weeks, and it plays havoc with the sugar paste. As all sugar artists know, humidity is the enemy of cake art. To make the sugar paste harden up so that you can create 3d designs with the pesky stuff, you have to add gum (tragacanth or tylose) which helps the paste to hold its shape when you are making models or sugar flowers, BUT the awful humidity just makes it flop. All this at the time of year when you are expected to make elaborate wedding cakes with loads of decor on them.
I thought it was just me, but my cake dec tutor Allan told me he was having problems as well, all kinds of fondant just go saggy when the weather is warm and sticky like this.
I was trying to put together a dummy wedding cake as a display for an event I was doing yesterday and try as I might, I just couldn't get the flowers to hang together properly, I even tried sticking it together with royal icing, which didn't work. The paste was so soft and the petals just kept falling off. I ended up with a pile of pink mess, so I gave up and just took the cake without any flowers on it.
Maybe I'll get some air con in my cake studio.
Edit: We are now having a heat wave and apparently it will continue for some time. This is good after such a long cold winter, but terrible for cake decorating. However I am going to the seaside in a week, so I don't really care.