New to this site and I´ve got alot of great tips and ideas from reading your posts.
Now to my "problem":
My youngest will be 1 soon and on the day of her b-day I have to work. I´ll be home about an hour before the party starts so I need to make the cake the day before. Can I decorate the cake and keep it in the fridge until the party starts? I guess it will be for about 20 hours.
And my second question; I´m gonna use fondant to make a dress on the teddy bear cake I´m making. Can this be put on the day before as well or should I prepare the fondant pieces and keep them sealed and cool and put them on the cake at the last minute?
I hope I make sence. And pardon my English if it´s wrong (I´m from Sweden)
If your cake isn't covered in fondant, you can definitely keep it in the fridge. You could even make your cake and ice it ahead of time and freeze it. Just make sure it is completely thawed out before you decorate it.
As for the fondant decoration, my experience is limited with fondant. It needs to be applied before it dries up. I tried making a chair out of fondant. I let the pieces dry and then tried to glue them together using buttercream icing. It didn't work because the fondant had dried.
I was told that fondant shouldn't go into the fridge because it gets soft. However, if it's a dress for the bear, then maybe you will be okay. My mother-in-law has placed in the fridge and hasn't noticed a problem.
Hopefully, someone with more fondant experience can help you out.
If you are going to put fondant over the icing you are decorating your cake with you need to apply the fondant before the icing crusts over so it will stick. Think about using ingredients that don't need to be refrigerated and you can decorate the cake and leave it on a counter in a box until the party. I've been using buttercream (with no real butter so it doesn't have to be refrigerated) and covering in fondant and leaving the cakes out until needed. Don't store the cake in a air tight container or the fondant will absorb the moisture from the icing and get "mushy". The icing and the fondant will seal the cake and keep it fresh.
hope this helps!
Thank you so much for your answers.
Alot to learn