Hello - I'm fairly new here and new to cake decorating, so far I'm loving it, but I'm learning as I go!
My biggest question right now is about how long a cake should last for me, based on how I make it and decorate it...here's an example that would be typical for me;
If I start the process Wednesday night, baking my cake, filling it with my BC filling (I just use a butter/crisco BC so no refrigeration needed) and crumb coat my cake. Then I finish it Thursday with decorating, and the event that I need the cake for is on Friday, would it still be good at this point on Friday?
And...would it last into Saturday too? I'm just not clear on how I should time out the making of my cakes...thanks!
Yes, your cake will be fine on Friday and Saturday. And several days thereafter.
It will be fine. I always start my baking my cakes 3-4 days before the order and they are fine. You can even bake cakes ahead of time and freeze them without the icing on them.
Your timeline sounds good - I always bake on Mondays - double wrap and freeze. Tues. and Wed. are for making the decorations and bows or whatever needs to dry. Thurs. is filling and frosting the base layer - and Friday is final decor. for weekend cakes. Works smooth for me - and with 2 little boys, I need a timeline like this!
The bakery I worked for (and now me) would bake everything on Tuesday. Freeze them and then take them out to fill, frost and decorate the day of or the day before delivery--usually it was a Friday or Saturday. The fully decorated cake would stay in the fridge until time for pick-up or delivery.