i have a bride who wants me to deliver a cake 3 hours before the wedding (wedding and reception at same place). I am a little concerned about delivering so far in advance.
Generally, I deliver an hour or so prior to the reception. If the wedding is in the same place I come an hour-1/2 hour before guests are to arrive.
3+ hours seems like a long time. I do usually refrigerate up until delivery (which is a hour away this time).
Am I worrying for nothing? What do ya'll think? I want to tell her I would like to bring it about an hour or so before.
I don't think thats a big deal unless its an outdoor venue. And even if it was,to me its always a bad idea to have a cake outdoors. The only risk I see is that it gives more time for the cake to get messed up by someone else. Have them sign off on it.
Definately have her or a person designated by her sign off on that the cake is in perfect condition after you set up. Also, take pictures with a date and time stamp to prove this in case of a catastrophe.
As I tell 'em, "It sits on my counter or it sits on yours. Makes no difference to the cake."
When I do caterings, the cake is often set up 2-3 hours before it's actually cut (because of the time we have to arrive to set up the catering). D&R cakes I'll set up anytime they want me to.