How far in advance do you bake cakes? I love doing cakes but I'm really getting tired of working all night long to get cakes done. I really need some help
I usually cook my cakes 1 or 2 days before decorating. I make mud cake though so not sure if it makes a difference with different types of cakes....mudcake usually stays fresh for ages
I have baked them a week in advance and frozen them (well wrapped of course)
I usually do them the same day if they're simple, but up to 2-4 days in advance if they're complex. Sometimes I'll use a simple syrup spray on them to keep them moist, or a liquor. Usually I'll just wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge. I honestly find that they're moister and sturdier after refrigeration.
I just decorate for family and friends but I usually bake one night and decorate the next morning. Depending, of course when I want it done. I may bake in the morning and start decorating later in the afternoon depending upon my schedule.
I do a lot of baking and freezing ahead of time. I might bake the weekend before, make the fondant another day (has to cure overnight anyway). Icing I like to make the day I'm putting it on the cake because it usually goes on smoother when its freshly made. If I'm really pressed for time, I'll put my icing on one night and lay the fondant and decorations the next. Because I work full time besides my cake thing, I just have to work this way.
I do mine in this order lol..
1st night I make my bc and bake my cakes..
next morning... I fill my cakes.. that night (after settling) I trim sides (to get the bulge out THANKS SHARON FOR THAT TIP ) and ice..
next morning I'll decorate and either deliver or wrap and deliver next day.. sooo...
2 to 3 days for me
I have always just baked everything Thursday and decorated Friday. We just have too many orders for that any more. Do you think I can get away with baking on Wed then decorating Thursday and Friday for a Sat cake. Maybe spray the cake with "cake spray" (simple syrup) and put in the fridge.
If you are working on a wedding cake....good lord girl get some rest and bake ahead!!I always start baking on Wednesday for a Sat wedding!! Nothing wrong with freezing well wrapped cake for a day or two. As someone said they will be moist and more sturdy. Just make sure and let them thaw before icing them!!
Definately bake on Wed, if not Tues, for a Sat cake.
When you have so many orders you cannot handle baking the same day or even the night before there is *nothing wrong* w/baking a day or two ahead! As everyone else said, wrap well (I use food grade plastic bags) and pop into the fzr for a day or two. You will be very surprised how wonderful those cake will taste
I usually bake the weekend before and freeze for a few days. It saves so much time. I only have a few hours at a time to bake/decorate (wait until my 2 yr. old DS is asleep) so if I didn't bake and freeze ahead of time, I'd never get any cakes decorated.
I ALWAYS freeze my cakes, sometimes up to 3 or 4 weeks. As long as they are well wrapped and you thaw them properly, you will be fine. I also make a ton of BC in advance- that to me is the most time-consuming and messy job for me..........
I bake Sunday and Monday for the following Saturday and freeze them. Monday I make the BC, MMF and prepare fillings. Tuesday I fill them and cover in fondant. Wed, TH and Fri I stack and decorate! (they are in and out of the fridge from Tues forward).
I have a 1 yr old and a 3 yr old so I don't work on cakes until about 9:30-10pm (I sit on my butt for a bit) and try to get to bed by midnight.
I use creamer for part of the water and make damned sure that they don't bake too long. Everyone raves about my cakes, so I see no reason to stress out by trying to finish a cake in 2 evenings.
I agree with everyon else. Bake everything a few days ahead of time and freeze. You will find if you do a little bit each day it doesn't drain you so much when you go to put the cake together.
great ideas!!! thanks for sharing.
question: what is a mud cake? sounds interesting.
I see a lot of people freezing...well wrapped cakes...can any of you just go through how you wrap your cakes? What are you using to wrap? How long do you let them thaw before decorating? And do you crumb coat before you freeze???
For a Sat. order i usually bake on a Wed. and wrapped in saran wrap very well...then on thurs. i level, fill, and crumb coat the cake. Also on thurs. i will make the frosting if i feel up to it...on Friday i will frost and decorate. I find this alot easier for me, rather than trying to do everything in 2 days. By the way, anyone have any suggestions on how to keep my cake moist? The last cake i did it was sorta dry..everyone loved it, but i wasn't thrilled with it...I use the Almond Sour Cream Wedding Cake recipe that has been posted here and there on cake central..What can i do to keep my cakes moist????? Help!
how long does it take a BIG cake to thaw?
What do you mean by big? 12 x 18 cakes thaw in about an hour or two at the most. They thaw pretty quickly...it isn't like frozen meat that takes many hours.
The most I like to bake in advance is one week. I haven't been able to do that recently, so I'll bake Tuesday or Wednesday, wrap in plastic wrap and foil and decorate Friday night. I have a full time job, so I bake when I get home from work. - Yeah, my family hates me during the summer!
Does anyone else have some great advice about freezing the cakes. Like how to go about wrapping them. Thanks
plastic wrap, and if it fits into a ziplock, put it in there. If not, I usually wrap another layer of plastic wrap. Longer than a week or two....aluminum foil and/or freezer paper.