How Many Days In Advance Can I Make A Wedding Cake?

Baking By minicoopermel Updated 30 Apr 2015 , 12:19pm by minicoopermel

minicoopermel Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 5:08pm
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Sounds very stupid I know but I'm not sure! :)  

Making my 1st wedding cake and I am so nervous because I have 2 other small cakes to make to be ready the same day as the wedding cake. The brides sister needs to get the cake Friday at 6pm so Am I able to bake the wedding cake Monday.. frost it with buttercream and cover with MMFondant Tuesday and decorate with the flowers Wednesday?   I need to bake and decorate the 2 smaller cakes Thursday and Friday. 

So i guess what I'm asking, Will the cake still be good and moist on Saturday evening if it's covered with fondant on Tuesday?


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Frank68 Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 5:14pm
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Personally, the earliest I start my cakes are 2 days in advance. I bake my cakes a week or two in advance, defrost the day before I'm going to torte/cover in fondant and that gives me 1-2 days to decorate. I would think it also depends on how moist your recipes are. Most of the recipes I have are very moist and hold up well. 

I believe I've seen a general rule that your cake will be 'fresh' for about 4 days but anything after is probably pushing it. I manage my schedule pretty well and try not to have more than 1 cake due per day (I do this as a side business).

Hope that helps,


LizzieAylett Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 5:34pm
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I've heard that mudcakes are actually better after sitting for a few days, so yu could try using them for the wedding cake (if the bride agrees)?

But for the future, is this not something you should have worked out before agreeing to do all the cakes for the same time?

minicoopermel Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 6:19pm
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Thanks!   Well the 2 other cakes are both 8" rounds 2 layers tall. So not that big but they only have buttercream with no fondant so I didn't want them to sit too long. 

LizzieAylett Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 6:21pm
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Then is it possible to do them in advance and freeze them so that you can focus on the wedding cake in the days immediately before it's due?

minicoopermel Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 7:14pm
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Ohh I've never froze cakes before when they are completely decorated.  How many days/hours do I take it out of the freezer so it's back to room temp?  

CWR41 Posted 29 Apr 2015 , 9:42pm
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Can you bake them all on Monday (freeze), BC (and MMF) on thursday, decorate (and add flowers) on Friday?  You'd have all day and night Friday to finish smaller cakes if they aren't needed until Saturday.

minicoopermel Posted 30 Apr 2015 , 12:19pm
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Yes that sounds much better! Thanks for the help everyone!

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