How far in advance can I decorate a fondant covered cake and it still remain fresh?
I usually try to decorate the night before it's due, but I've just had a customer move her date and am trying to see if it's possible for me to fit it into my schedule.
partly depends on the cake. mine are good after 5 days, but i prefer to aim for 3 max.
I usually do mine two nights before. (Thurs night for a Sat am pick up/delivery)
That is good to know. HOpefully it will be possible for me to decorate 1 tier on Tuesday, one Tier on Wednesday, and the other tier on Thursday. Would they still taste good on Friday? They'll be WASC variations with BC or ganache under fondant.
The ganache is my main concern. Any advice? I know it's Friday, but hopefully someone out there is not too busy to share their knowledge!
Ganache can be left on the counter for 2 days, so it sounds like you will need to place the cake in the fridge. When you take it out of the fridge, set it on the counter and don't touch it for at least an hour so the condensation can evaporate. Good luck!
The main thing I"m worried about is cake shrinkage. I've had problems with my cakes shrinking in the fridge, even once they've been iced. I've already informed the client that we may need to nix the ganache and go with all bc under the fondant.
if it suits the cake flavour, I'd go ganache under the fondant, not the buttercream.
I'm not sure what sort of cake you're using, but I use a mudcake, here in Aus we've been told some mudcakes can be left out for 7-10 days. I don't like the idea of 10 days, but I do take mine out of the freezer about 3 days before the function date, and I finish decorating it 2 or 1 days ahead of time.
My cake peaks its flavour around the 3rd day. I've eaten it right up to 8 days.. but I like the flavour anywhere before the 5th day.
Perhaps its even worthwhile you offering a different sort of cake like mine for these scenarios.