Hi... I wanted to know how far in advance should I start baking/freezing my cakes, and can I put fondant on a frozen cake? Thanks!
Genereally, if my wedding cake is due on saturday, I'll start baking on wednesday/thursday, then decorate on friday... I don't freeze my cakes, but I'll wrap 'em tightly and refridgerate them... I'm not sure about the fondant on a frozen cake thing.. from what a few people say, it will defrost and cause all kinds of condensation problems, but some people have had great success... either way, it only takes a short while to thaw an undecorated cake..
At first I was not big on freezing my cakes but now I do it all the time and they are actually better...more moist.
I bake on the Sat or Sun before and then cover in about 3 layers of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil and freeze. I always let them defrost before I ice and fondant...if not I think it can cause some issues. They only need to defrost for about 30 mins.
Congrats on your first wedding cake! I've only done a few myself, but had bad luck when i tried to fondant a cake that wasn't completely thawed. Condensation made a mess of it!
I make my cakes ahead of time and freeze them. If I have a lot of baking do do, as for a larger cake, I will start about a week ahead and freeze the cakes. I don't ice the cakes before I freeze them. I also would not freeze fondant. It will not look nice after it thaws. I also make my buttercream ahead of time and keep it in air tight containers in the refrigerator. I do as much ahead of time to save time for decorating the day before the wedding.
You can freeze ahead of time, but make sure you bring the cake to room temperature before you ice or fondant. I've seen a few condensation disasters because water gets in between the cake and the icing and everything just slides right off.