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Inserting dowels before transport & cake stacking

post #1 of 20
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HI

 

I am making my 1st ever wedding cake. I have covered the two tier cakes separately with fondant. I would like to prepare to stack the cakes a few days before transporting the cake to the wedding venue. I am thinking of inserting plastic dowel into the base tier today so that in 4 days time I can stack the cake on site. I have never stacked a cake before!

 

Will this damage the sponge in anyway by making it less moist if I insert the dowels now?

 

Also my friend has just told me there are now more guests! I need to make some cupcakes in advance so there is enough cake. Does anyone have a vanilla/victoria sponge recipe that will last and still be moist 3 days after baking?

 

Please help!

 

Thanks :)

post #2 of 20

Is the wedding on Saturday? Why have you already covered your cakes? Will they be OK by the wedding?

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by scarletfee View Post

HI

I am making my 1st ever wedding cake. I have covered the two tier cakes separately with fondant. I would like to prepare to stack the cakes a few days before transporting the cake to the wedding venue. I am thinking of inserting plastic dowel into the base tier today so that in 4 days time I can stack the cake on site. I have never stacked a cake before!

Will this damage the sponge in anyway by making it less moist if I insert the dowels now?

Also my friend has just told me there are now more guests! I need to make some cupcakes in advance so there is enough cake. Does anyone have a vanilla/victoria sponge recipe that will last and still be moist 3 days after baking?

Please help!

Thanks icon_smile.gif

icon_eek.gif I admire your proactive stance and your inclination to get it done on time but you're a couple of days too early. A fruit cake I can understand but the sponge cakes are already covered in fondant now? So they would be about 1 week old by the time they're eaten? Are you going to store the cakes in the fridge/freezer? What's your plan to keep them fresh over the next 4 days?

To answer your question, I add the dowels (bubble tea straws actually) just before I stack, and I tend to stack as close to the event as possible.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

Yeah they will be fine. I followed and spoke to a Lindy Cake representative (a UK cake making company) and I am following there madiera cake and sugar paste recipe. Also we did a tester cake and left it for 5 days and it was fine.

 

I am just wondering if I can insert the dowels beforehand too?

 

Many Thanks

post #5 of 20

I wouldn't. I'd do that part as close as possible.

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by scarletfee View Post

Hi

 

Yeah they will be fine. I followed and spoke to a Lindy Cake representative (a UK cake making company) and I am following there madiera cake and sugar paste recipe. Also we did a tester cake and left it for 5 days and it was fine.

 

I am just wondering if I can insert the dowels beforehand too?

 

Many Thanks

 

wow cake completed 4-5 days before event left to just sit out?? interesting...
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post #7 of 20
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its not just sitting around its  a box...If you have nothing useful to say then maybe don't respond!

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

Okay thanks

post #9 of 20

Madeira cake has a longer shelf life than a sponge cake, but I would put the dowel rods in just before transporting on the day.

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

Okay Thanks.

 

It is a professional cake recipe and a Madiera sponge moistens over time. I have followed the advice of a professional cake making company and we also made a test cake beforehand which was fine. Here is the link for the blog site:

 

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/2009/12/17/baking-the-perfect-madeira-cake/

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much. Yes Madeira cake does and this is why I have used it as the wedding is a long journey away so it has to be made in advance.

 

Its a 'favour' cake for a friend who has a small budget wedding so we are doing our best...

 

Thanks for some useful advice!

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much for the advice

post #13 of 20

Oh agree,   I would put in the dowels right before you transport it or at the event....:)

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Many thanks. I will add them the night before the wedding.

post #15 of 20

Have any US bakers made a madeira cake before?   They have always been so interesting to me, but I have not made on before.  

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