What type of cake is best to use with fondant? I have just been using mixes but they seem to either dry out or cause a big ripple in my cakes.
Also, do you think that baking on a Thurs for a Sunday party is too early? Will the cake stay fresh if it gets Fondant on Fri?
Your first question probably doesn't have an answer, people use whichever suits them.
Baking on a thursday and putting fondant on a friday is probably perfect. The fondant will seal in the moisture, and it will probably improve by sitting there a couple of days - perfect.
do you have any pitures? i think the ripple will be due to the cake settling and filling moving, not because you used a box mix. although its possible, some box mixes are very soft. anyway, you might want to damn your filling, and give the cake longer to settle.
as for will the cake be ok, it depends on the cake. try it your self and see. as long as you dont leave the cake exposed to air, it should be fine.
Cakes need to settle after frosted before fondant, preferably over night. I would bake on Thursday, fill and frost on Friday and fondant and decorate on Saturday. Most likely ripples are from settling and dry cake may be from overbaking
How exactly do you dam the layers? Is that just a super thick version of your filling around the edges?