So, I'm NOT a professional but like to make cakes for fun. I have two 60th birthdays coming up two weekends in a row- and both weekends involve trips out of town where the celebrations will be- therefore I will be busy with planning and packing my family as well. So, planning ahead, I think I will bake similar cakes (with different decorations) .. bake all the cakes at once- with the same batter (a couple of weeks ahead??)- freeze, and make the fondant at the same time as well (?)... Then finish them each the week before the parties/trips out of town.
Do you think that will work? Trying to minimize the time spent on them...
Second question... I want to make chocolate cakes, fruity filling, white buttercream crumb coat and white fondant... will that be ok?
Third question... I want a fruit filling- last time I did a jam, it soaked into the cake and I didn't like the way it turned out... Is there a good brand of jam or filling that doesn't do this or a trick to it?
I always put buttercream icing on top of each cake layer than I add the fruit filling on top of the icing. This protects the cake from being soaked. Maybe others here can give better advice seeing as how I only do cakes as a hobby.
Do you mean you finish the cake a week before I'll be served? Personally I find that way too long. Rather bake, fill, frost, decorate and freeze. Or freeze the cake without deco and thaw and finish the day before.
I reduce fruits and thicken with corn starch. It won't soak the cake that way.
In order to have a nice fondant finish (no bumps) and to make it stick properly, you wanna use more frosting than you would for a crumb coat.
Oh no, lol, I meant freeze the bare cakes and then defrost and do the rest the day before we leave.
Yea, idk why I said crumb coat, I normally do a full layer of buttercream...
hmm, ok, is the whole fruit reduction thing time consuming?
Ok, lol. Got it!
No, not time consuming at all. But very effective. If I do strawberries just as an example, I puree them, deseed most of the time, broil then simmer until reduced with vanilla sugar and in the end I add a small amount of corn starch (dissolved on a tsp of lemon juice or water).