I'm doing two cakes this weekend - I stay at home with my two very young kids, so doing one cake is a huge ordeal - much less, two! I can only do them after they're in bed at night. Because of this, I need to do as much as I can ahead of time so that I'm not staying up till 4 AM Friday and Saturday nights!
The cake for Saturday will be (technically) 3 tier - 2 8" tiers and one 6" tier. Sunday's cake will be 10, 8, and 6" tiers. Saturday's iced in buttercream, Sunday's iced in buttercream and covered in fondant. Gumpaste toppers already made. Is there anything else I can do ahead of time? Can I go ahead and bake tomorrow, or make some batches of buttercream (recipe I'm using is 2 lb ps, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup milk, flavoring)? If so, how do I properly store it (wrapped in saran wrap in the fridge? freezer?) Space in my fridge is limited - I don't have room to bake, crumb coat, and put in fridge until time to decorate. Would appreciate advice from some heavy duty bakers! Thanks so much!