I was just complaining to my husband about how the thing I dislike about cakes is that you can't do them in advance! I have nothing going on this week accept for a Sunday cake. For cakes delivered on Sunday I try not to bake them until Friday evening. I don't like doing the freezing thing - I have just had a lot of bad luck doing that. My husband was mentioning that Duff spends a week decorating a cake and it must stay fresh. So my question is . . . how far in advance do you bake a cake (without freezing it)?
Hi, I always make sponge cakes and they would stay fresh upto 7 days. And I have baked cakes 4 days before as well.
I always make my cake orders 1-2 days before as I simply couldn't get them all done on time.I have even started wedding cakes on a wednesday for a Saturday wedding and they are fine!! Cake will keep for a good 4-5 days.I bake on Tuesday for my orders and refidgerate them until I decorate on Thursdays and Fridays! I have never had a complaint about freshness!!
Why don't you like fzing cakes? What kind of 'bad luck' have you had? If I didn't fz I'd never get done! Just think of the work involved when you have 3-5 wedding cakes in one wknd!
In the baking world, the freezer is the baker's best friend!
Freezing aside, I ice/decorate my wedding cakes on Thursday for a Saturday wedding. Used the same schedule when I made my daughter's baby shower cake. Had a piece of cake when the cake was a week old ... tasted just great!
Baked goods are not as fragile as you think. (How old ARE those Oreos you have in your pantry? )
Thanks everyone for your input. It really helped!
Cake making is a hobby for me, not yet a business, so I don't often have 5 wedding cakes in one weekend Maybe someday!! In the past, when I have froze cakes, I find the plastic wrap sticks to the cake and peeling it off makes a mess of my cake! I have done it before successfully but have had a few issues so I just don't like to take a chance!
I will bake and decorate this Sunday's cake on Friday morning/afternoon. It should be fine.