How Far In Advance Do You Start To Decorate Wedding Cakes

Decorating By sweetcakesII Updated 17 Sep 2009 , 6:04pm by sweetcakesII

sweetcakesII Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 7:23pm
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I have never done a really huge wedding cake before, so how far in advance do you start to bake and assemble the cakes? How do you store them while in the process of decorating them. It just seem's like too much work to do a 5 tier cake two days before the wedding.

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Rylan Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 7:30pm
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I've never done a wedding cake but I've made tiered cakes that look like wedding cakes. I guess the design will affect the process. Is it time consuming? How big are the tiers?

I personally start fondanting 2-3 days before the event and then decorate until the event date.

Texas_Rose Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 8:35pm
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You can bake the cakes ahead of time and freeze them. You can also make the fondant in advance (assuming you're making your own), and any decorations that need to be dried before they go on the cake, like fondant or gumpaste flowers, can be made and stored.

indydebi Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 9:10pm
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I did a 5-tier cake last weekend (Sat). Mom (friend of mine) came over Tuesday and we baked the cake and put it in the freezer. I pulled it out on Thursday and did the crumb coat ... let it sit and settle overnight (on my counter ... I don't refrigerate my cakes). Iced it Friday. Had I been able to do any decorating on Friday, I would have done it then, but I had to wait and decorate after assembly on sat. Delivered it 4:00 on Saturday, added the cherry blossom design (took less than 30 minutes to set up, add borders, add cherry blossom design). Mom tells me she got TONS of compliments on the cake's design and taste! (YAY!)

audrey0522 Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 9:29pm
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Can a wedding cake that has to "travel" be totally finished on Wed for a Fri. wedding??

sweetcakesII Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:36pm
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Thank you for your help. That helps answer some of my questions. I have always been confused as to how long a cake will stay fresh while you decorate it.

MissRobin Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 4:41pm
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Originally Posted by audrey0522

Can a wedding cake that has to "travel" be totally finished on Wed for a Fri. wedding??

Absolutely, In fact, I think they are more stable if the do set for a couple of days!!

sweetcakesII Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 6:04pm
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If they are decorated that far out, they do not loose the moistness? Thank you to everyone that has replied. It really helps to get everyones opinion.

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