Hi all...I'm sure this has been posted before, but how far in advance can you bake a cake and still have it taste fresh? I have to do a wedding cake for a Saturday wedding, I want to have the cake finished on friday so I figure I'd bake them Tuesday and Wednesday, do the crumb coating, then frost it Thursday and decorate on Friday. My filling is just going to be buttercream frosting so it doesn't "have" to be refrigerated.
Oh, and all of this will be done at night after I get home from work.
Thanks for the help.....
Keep the cake in a cool dry place. If you baking early in the day one Tuesday, put them in the freezer for awhile. I bake one-two days ahead of time. Good Luck with your wedding cake!!!!
Refrigerate or freeze the cakes wrapped in plastic, then aluminum foil. You'll be fine. I've frozen cake for over a month and it still tastes as delicious as the fresh ones! Just make sure to wrap it well to keep out air as well as funky flavors it can carry.
Thaw in the fridge.
Also, make sure the cakes have cooled "completely" before wrapping in plastic wrap. I would let them sit in on the cooling rack for at least a hour, maybe more depending on the sizes, before wrapping.
Condensation is not your friend..
You might also consider making them even earlier, if you are freezing them, so you don't feel so rushed.
Hope this helps,