Like many of us, the only time I have to bake and decorate is from about 9pm to 6am. Yes, there have been many sleepless nights for me. I'm trying to reduce that by doing as much as possible ahead of time, but I also run in to problems with things like taking hours to let the cake settle. I think I can use those breaks to my advantage, but I worry that the time between when I'm done with that step and when I have a chance to do the next one might be too long. I've searched the forums and can't find an exact answer, so I hope you can give me some feedback on the steps I'm hoping to try.
1. Bake and cool the cakes.
2. Once completely cool wrap in saran wrap and freeze overnight.
3. Take out of freezer and immediately level and torte
4. Fill and thin crumb coat with a crusting buttercream
5. Wrap with Saran Wrap
6. Place ceramic tile on top to help settle at room temperature overnight
7. Unwrap and apply another thin crumb coat to adress any bulges/settling.
8. Cover with fondant and finish decorating.
I usually do steps 3 through 8 all in one night, but I've never done the ceramic tile step. I do have bulges in my cakes though, and am hoping to fix that by adding that step. I have a few questions that I would especially appreciate feedback on
1. Do I need to let it completely defrost prior to wrapping in saran wrap in step 5?
2. Is 24 hours too long to let it settle? If it is, can I maybe torte, fill, and crumb coat, put back in the freezer for the night, then take it out in the morning and place the tile on top so it will defrost and settle during the day and be ready to decorate at night?
Hope that's not too confusing. Thanks in advance!