I'm making a 2 tiered mosaic cake (6" and 9" - white cake w/ BC and modeling choc) for my friend's birthday next Saturday. Also, I have a 1 year old daughter and can only work on this at night after she goes to bed. The following is my game plan and a few questions. This is my first large decorated cake, so please let me know if you see any blaring mistakes!
Sunday night: sketch my design and create printed templates (I'm a graphic designer so hopefully this won't be too difficult)
Monday - Wednesday nights: dye the pre-made fondarific modeling chocolate with gel dyes, roll it out, cut it and lay out the design on wax paper over my templates
Questions: Do I need to store the shaped chocolate in airtight containers in the fridge? Should I put shortening or something on the wax paper so it will stick?
Thursday night: bake cakes (2 - 9" rounds and 2 - 6" rounds) FYI, I'm using FS's Better Vanilla Cake recipe which sounds pretty foolproof…fingers crossed.
Questions: I've heard it's good to let cakes cool in their pans and then store them in their pans in the fridge. True?
Friday night: shape, frost and decorate cake…long night ;-)
Questions: Should I put simple syrup on both sides of each layer? Should I decorate each layer before putting the cake together with dowels? Will I be able to lay the wax paper with the chocolate directly onto the BC without everything falling off? I'm using Brite White Icing (no butter), so do I still refrigerate the finished cake?
Hopefully this will work out!