In The Wedding & Making The Cake! Help!!!!!

Decorating By ken Updated 19 Jul 2008 , 8:48pm by ken

ken Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 2:01pm
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OK....My older sister is getting married and I am her Matron of Honor. (YAY!) But I am also making the wedding cakes (hers and groom's cake). I'm trying to figure out how to fit in time to make the cakes as fresh as possible with everything that will be going on like getting my hair done, wedding rehearsals, etc.

Another issue I am having is the wedding cake filling flavors. My LOVING sister has given me FULL POWER on what cake flavors to have. Of course she told me what she and her soon-to -be husband did not like and I'm trying to figure out what would be good cake flavors/fillings for a cake that I may have to make a day in advance. The WHOLE cake may have to be assembled a day early (w/o fondant) so I'm worried about freshness and what possible fillings can sit all night, unless I wake up at 2 in the morning to assemble the cake with the refrigerated fillings. I DON'T KNOW!!!! icon_cry.gif This is frustrating!!! icon_sad.gificon_cry.gificon_sad.gif Please someone if you can read this and understand what I am asking PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ken Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 2:31pm
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BUMP!!!!!!!! PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!!!

ken Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 2:31pm
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BUMP!!!!!!!! PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!!!

indydebi Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 2:37pm
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Deep breath, darlin', you're going to be fine.

First, I ALWAYS bake my cakes on Wed or Thurs for a Sat wedding. I usually crumbcoat and ice the same day. If I can decorate it the same day, also, I do. It sits on my counter for a couple of days.

Once the cake is iced, the icing "seals" the cake (like bread wrapper/bag seals the bread) and keeps it fresh.

You don't have to make the cake the day before to have a fresh cake.

Dont' you remember mom and gramma keeping cake on the counter for a few days until it was finally demolished? It works. You'll be fine.

Cakepro Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 2:56pm
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You know you can refrigerate cakes, right? If you are filling your cakes with fillings that require refrigeration, either cover them with fondant and airbrush the cake with vodka, which will make the condensation on the cakes very fine and evaporate very quickly, or box and wrap your buttercream-covered cakes for a few days' nap in the chill chest. Refrigerating fondant cakes also keeps the fondant from hardening...bonus. icon_smile.gif

You'll be fine as long as you manage your time really well. That's half the battle right there! You must work sleep into your week or you will be miserable.

Sherri

grama_j Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:02pm
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Why don't you bake ahead and freeze them until Thursday, and decorate away ! It will be VERY fresh, and you will have the time you NEED for the wedding itself.........

leah_s Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:11pm
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Girl, relax.

I do 5-6 weddings a weekend. You don't seriously think that I'm up all night baking and decorating do you? I bake up to a week ahead, cool, level, torte, wrap and freeze. Bring the cakes out on Thursday for a Saturday wedding, fill, rewrap and let settle. Decorate on Friday. There would be no problem backing that schedule up by a day to have the cakes done and sitting all day on Friday. The key is to use fillings that don't have to be refrigerated. I mix my whipped bc with sleeved fillings. They come out a lot like mousse, but don't require refrigeration.

dinas27 Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:11pm
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i've made my own wedding cake and my brothers, you can do it!

For my own i baked monday/tuesday and froze the cakes, defrosting friday night and decorating - until 2:30am

For my brothers I baked wed/thursday and refridgerated, decorated friday night again -until 1 am and finished up saturday.

For your own sanity - do not use refridgerated fillings. You might not have enough fridge space, and the biggest issue is setting up the cake - you may have to do it Saturday morning before you start to get ready.

Choose a very simple design (my preference is for a stacked cake for more stability especially if you are unable to transport and set up the cake because of time commitments (getting ready, photos etc). I was not in my brothers wedding party (although of course heavily involved in the wedding hence the 1 am, so I set it up between the ceremony and reception. For my own - I stacked it in back of our wagon, in the parking lot at the hall, in my wedding dress and the groomsmen carried it in and my bridemaid stuck the silk flowers in the top.

Flavor wise, depending on the size of the cake and whether you would like to do different flavors I would suggest a chocolate, a vanilla and a fruit flavor.

For example

Chocolate cake with mint or mocha buttercream
Vanilla cake with french vanilla or vanilla caramel buttercream
Lemon cake with lemoncurd or raspberry filling or both icon_smile.gif

Just ice each cake with the same vanilla buttercream.

If you want to do all one flavor a light flavored cake (almond, lemon, vanilla) are always popular, safe choices.

HTH and please ask all the questions you need to!!

dinas27 Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:20pm
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ok I just took a look through your photos and noticed that you havent done any tiered cakes yet - please practice at least a couple times before the big day.

Or alternatively you could do a floating tiers cake with each cake on seperate stands, this would be easy for someone else (cousin, aunt) to set up.

If you do decide to do the stacked - look into getting a good support system. Leahs recommends the SPS system, search for threads relating to SPS.

chillysmommy Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:21pm
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Cakepro: you mentioned refrigerating a fondant covered cake. Should it be covered somehow? I'm assuming not with plasticwrap, so with what, if nec.

Leahs: you mentioned mixing the BC with sleeved fillings to not need refrigeration. Do you think the fruit spread from Smuckers would be a ok to mix with BC and not need refrigerating. Also, I thought that being "buttercream" automatically meant it needs refrigeration... icon_confused.gif
(can you tell I'm a newbie...)

thanks.

indydebi Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:25pm
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Originally Posted by dinas27

ok I just took a look through your photos and noticed that you havent done any tiered cakes yet - please practice at least a couple times before the big day.

Or alternatively you could do a floating tiers cake with each cake on seperate stands, this would be easy for someone else (cousin, aunt) to set up.

If you do decide to do the stacked - look into getting a good support system. Leahs recommends the SPS system, search for threads relating to SPS.




The push-in pillars make any cake a no-brainer, too! thumbs_up.gif

Cakepro Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:32pm
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Originally Posted by chillysmommy

Cakepro: you mentioned refrigerating a fondant covered cake. Should it be covered somehow? I'm assuming not with plasticwrap, so with what, if nec.
thanks.




If the cakes are only in the fridge for 24 hours before delivery, I just put the cakes, either singly or stacked, in the fridge unboxed/unwrapped. If they are going to be in there for more than a day, I box them and wrap the boxes in plastic wrap. icon_smile.gif

bethola Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:35pm
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I make sure all my wedding cakes are decorated one day in advance. I even do a practice assemble to make sure the day of the wedding all will go smoothly.

I HAVE completely assembled the wedding and groom's cakes and wrapped them in Saran Wrap overnight and then just uwrap them on the day of the wedding. Had to, no choice since I was going to be busy the day of the wedding. Of course, this was at MY church and I had the permission of the brides to do so. Since it IS your sister....maybe you could get away with that too!

Beth in KY

leah_s Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:50pm
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No I think the Smuckers stuff is a)WAAAY to sweet and b) more expensive than the sleeved fillings.

Also, jams and jellies do have to be refrigerated after opening.

And if this is your first cake, then you really need to look into using SPS. See my signature.

Cakepro Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 3:57pm
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Originally Posted by bethola

I make sure all my wedding cakes are decorated one day in advance. I even do a practice assemble to make sure the day of the wedding all will go smoothly.

I HAVE completely assembled the wedding and groom's cakes and wrapped them in Saran Wrap overnight and then just uwrap them on the day of the wedding. Had to, no choice since I was going to be busy the day of the wedding. Of course, this was at MY church and I had the permission of the brides to do so. Since it IS your sister....maybe you could get away with that too!

Beth in KY




The way you wrote that makes it sound like there is something wrong or deceptive about decorating/storing cakes more than one day in advance. icon_confused.gif

bethola Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

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Originally Posted by bethola

I make sure all my wedding cakes are decorated one day in advance. I even do a practice assemble to make sure the day of the wedding all will go smoothly.

I HAVE completely assembled the wedding and groom's cakes and wrapped them in Saran Wrap overnight and then just uwrap them on the day of the wedding. Had to, no choice since I was going to be busy the day of the wedding. Of course, this was at MY church and I had the permission of the brides to do so. Since it IS your sister....maybe you could get away with that too!

Beth in KY



The way you wrote that makes it sound like there is something wrong or deceptive about decorating/storing cakes more than one day in advance. icon_confused.gif




OH NO NOT AT ALL! That wasn't my intent. I just meant that SOME brides wouldn't want that to be done OR you couldn't do it because of the particular venue one was using.

OOPS! Bad communication!! Sorry! Not enough coffee this morning when I wrote the post!

Beth in KY

ken Posted 19 Jul 2008 , 8:48pm
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Thanks so much! I knew the gang here would help a sista out!!! I can't remember who it was but they mentioned that I haven't done any stacked cakes. Well constructing it and doing it isn't the problem. I've done quite a few while working at a GROCERY STORE BAKERY (HINT - WHY THEY AREN'T POSTED ON HERE). So I'm not worried about doing a stacked cake at all. But I appreciate all of your responses.

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