I am in the process of making my daughter's 1st birthday cake. We will have more cake than we need but I wanted to go all out! I am having her 1 year pictures taken next Friday and want a smash cake for her photos. I was thinking of saving the top tier of the cake for the photos but I am wondering if it is safe to feed her a week old cake. I could put it in the refrigerator but it is buttercream with fondant decor and will have a fondant "drape" on the top like the cake below. I didn't know if I could refrigerate it without ruining the fondant part. Any suggestions? Should I just forget this idea and make another smash cake for the pics?
Since it's just for a photoshoot and you don't need to feed it to her, you could consider making a dummy cake.
If you go with the refrigerator, and it gets condensation, it will eventually evaporate. If damage shows, you could make it the back of the cake as any damaged areas probably wouldn't show in the portrait anyway. Your daughter would be the attention of focus. I think a dummy cake for the prop would be the easier, less stressful choice to transport.
She will actually be eating the cake at the photo shoot! They set them up and let them go to town on the cake while they snap away! I just worried that the moisture from the refrigerator would make my fondant decorations sweat and possiblyy slide off my cake.
They set them up and let them go to town on the cake while they snap away!
In that case, I guess it really doesn't matter what the cake looks like at that point! No need to hide any flaws!
Would you consider freezing it? I've frozen many fondant cakes without any problems - I just let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then let it dry at room temp. without touching it.