I'm making a 2-tier wedding cake, and a single layer grooms cake for a wedding on Friday Evening. I need to decorate them ahead of time because I work another job full time too. Do you think it would be to early to decorate one of them tonight since they are not going to be eaten until Friday evening?
can you not decorate them tomorrow night? (thursday)
I was originally planning on doing all of the decorating tomorrow night, but I'm afraid I'll run out of time and be up half the night.
Maybe I'm just stressing myself out!
I feel ya.
Are you pretty confident in your abilities? I know that when i first started doing this seriously, it took my a while to decorate a basic cake. Now, i can whip out cakes in a decent amount of time. I'm not trying to go fast, so it's not that i'm rushing myself, I just get into a rhythm and knock out cake orders the night before.
I used to bake wed, torte fill frost fondant thursday, decorate friday for a saturday event, but i'm finding that i'm totally okay doing it on friday.
I think your cake will be fine if you work on it tonight and tomorrow as long as there is no refrigeration required. The frosting/fondant should seal in the moisture & freshness
If you've ever watched Ace of Cakes it looks like they bake their cakes and crumb coat them early in the week for saturday weddings
Thanks for the help. If I do decorate one tonight I was going to put in in the refrigerator. Is that a bad idea?
I'm pretty confident with my decorating, but I am making lilacs, which I've never done (only practice) and drop strings, which are pretty new to me too.
I definately like working with fondant more than buttercream, and these are all buttercream!
Can you refrigerate them once you decorate? If so, then decorating 24 hours in advance shouldn't be a problem at all. I do it all the time and still get raves about my cakes.
Beth in KY
Thanks for the tips!
I love CC!!
I decorate on Thursdays and sometimes the cakes are only eaten the Sunday afternoon.....I don't think you will have a problem. No-one has complained to me to date.
As long as you have no perishable fillings, your cake will be fine if you decorate today, serve on Friday. I've done it many times. I just put it in a box, tape it up and wait for the customer to pick it up. I don't really like to put my cakes in the fridge. I've heard (could be wrong!) that it can dry out your cake. JMO
cakes in the fridge are fine - the icing will stop moisture loss on a cake that's not cut. Bakeries are required to keep their cakes in a refrigerated case, and they are fine once you get them home and warmed up!!!!
I often decorate mine in advance, but im not a professional, I just make them for friends and family. I have baked tues or wed, buttercreamed the next day, put sugarpaste on and decorated over the next one or two nights. I work too like you so have to do it all in the evenings. You probably already know this, but don't put the cakes in the fridge if they have any sugarpaste (is this the same as fondant - sorry am in the UK and I think there are different names for some things here), on them as it will go soggy. Like someone else said, I find cakes are fine if left in the box as long as they are covered in buttercream or sugarpaste as it sort of seals in the freshness. Hope that helps. good luck!
I don't want to hijack this thread but,,,can you use some of the cream cheese fillings and not refrigerate......I wanted to try some of the mousses but they all seem to have cream cheese in them???????
Thanks everyone! I did all of the baking last night, so tonight I'll work on the decorating.
As far as the cream cheese filling, I honestly don't know, but it would seem logical that they would need to be kept in the refrigerator. IMO
I have the exact same issue for next friday... I guess I can start decorating Wednesday...