Just wondering how soon others start their cakes when freezing and carving is required? I am making a cake for an easter party that will take quite a bit of carving and shaping. So it will be frozen most of the time. How far ahead would someone start without having to worry about the cake tasting stale?
I've started them before about a week ahead since I can only work on it for an hour or two at a time after my day job.
an important factor is what is already in the fridge and freezer -- cake stored in either for any length of time can take on the 'ambiance' of spaghetti sauce for example even though both are covered/protected -- i like to clean out my fridges and discard any possibly offending food stuffs and wrap my cakes like mummies -- two layers of plastic wrap and then into a reynolds cooking bag for triple protection -- y'know the kind for cooking turkeys that are foodsafe --
with all that said and done i would not go over two weeks myself for a paying client, maybe 3 -- for family, eh two months --
even from fridge to freezer if it has both in one
i mean foods in the fridge can influence foods in the freezer of the same unit and vice versa
I've done them two weeks ahead and they were still moist and delicious. I had extra lemon cake leftover in the freezer for like three months. I didn't have anything planned for breakfast one morning, so I pulled it out, warmed it in the oven and dusted it with powered sugar. I was amazing. I've heard a couple months stored correctly is fine, but don't think I would do them that early, myself.
I have used cake - yes for customers- that had been in the fzr for as much as a month (maybe even 6 wks). But it was a dedicated fzr - only my cake stuff was in it. To a small degree even the type of fzr can make a difference. An upright do not do quite as well as a deep chest but is oh so much more accessible if it is a dedicated one :)
It is best not to put cake in the frig as it dries out......but then I have eaten cake that I kept in the family frig (well covered) as much as 6 weeks and didn't find it dried out.
Thanks so much for the tips!