I have to do a cake for saturday, but I am going out of town so I have to do the cake on Friday for saturday. What is the best way to do this without the cake going dry? I am doing the cake in buttercream. And can you decorate with buttercream with the cake being frozen?
Actually, the frosting preserves the cake so you can leave it out in the open...just cover it with a box.
You can leave it out.
I do most of my Friday orders on Saturday because it's just me and I have a glass front cooler that I put my buttercream iced cakes in. I put them in their box and then in the cooler.
I used to leave them out but then once my black ran and the cake didn't look as good on Saturday as when I did it on Friday, bummer. so now I chill them and tell my customers to take them out a couple of hours before the party or leave them out if party time is close to pick up time. I tell them, and I believe, that cake tastes best at room temp.
I frost frozen cakes in buttercream about 90% of the time. I usually bake on Thursdays, freeze and decorate on Friday. I bake and freeze even earlier if it's an excessively busy Saturday.
I never freeze buttercream though. Just cake.