I am making my brother in-laws High School Graduation cake the graduation party is on June 11th. and want it to be a 2 tier cake. I have to help with the food for the party so i was wondering how far in advance i could make the cakes and decorate them with the butter cream before that saturday arrives?
I usually bake my cakes on Monday and wrap in saran wrap and foil then freeze. I decorate on Thursday and Fridays (depending on when the cake is due). I've yet to have a problem with moisture or taste.
If you prefer not to freeze, the longest I will go from baking until the cake is cut is 4 days. So, if the party is Saturday, the earliest you should make the cake is Wednesday. That's the longest I will go. Usually, I am 3 days from baking until it is cut.
I worked for a bakery and their schedule was always baking on Tuesday and freezing the cakes and decorating them the day they were due--usually Frid and Sat. Since you have so much going on that day you could easily decorate the day before and keep in the fridge overnight. Your cake will be protected by the frosting and won't dry out. If you cover with fondant just put your decorated cake in a box and wrap with cling wrap to keep moisture out. When the cake starts to come to room temp it may get sticky-looking but it will eventually dry and be fine if you don't mess with it.
thanks guys!! this really helps alot!! i was starting to stress! When I am ready to thaw out the cake do i simply sit it out on the counter or in the fridge? Do i leave it covered in the saran wrap and foil while thawing?