How Early Can A Cak Be Made?

Decorating By toodles78 Updated 23 Jul 2008 , 9:03pm by edith123

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toodles78 Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:27pm
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Hi... I am used to making cakes the day of or the day before an occassion. But does anyone know how soon a cake can be made to the occassion? I just got engaged and thought I would try making my wedding cake. But I am not sure if I can do it the day of or the day before icon_smile.gif I wasn't sure how early one can be made.

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mcdonald Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:35pm
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I have put mine in the freezer weeks in advance.. undecorated. I know others have frozen decorated cakes but I haven't tried that. I always wrap mine up real good in saran and then in foil

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SUELA Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:35pm
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Bake them, wrap well and freeze. I think for baked goods the rule of thumb is about 3 months in the freezer.

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sunnybono Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:37pm
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I have baked and frozen cakes (pre-decorating) without any problem. So I think you could definitely get cakes baked and wrapped and frozen a week before.

But here's a side question that may be related to this long is a cake good once it is decorated in buttercream and left in the fridge? I have a cake due on a Saturday but need to get it to them on Thursday morning. Will it be ok if refrigerated?

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janelwaters Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:39pm
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I am like you, I always bake day before and stay up all night to finish (really the only time I have to decorate anyway!). So I really don't know how early you can bake, BUT - I think trying to make your own wedding cake is going to be very stressful! Being the bride is enough! Good luck with whatever you decide to do!!

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tiggy2 Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:44pm
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Cakes can be decorated 2 or 3 days ahead of time with no problems. I don't know of anyone that bakes and decorates a wedding cake the day before or the day of the wedding.

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gateaux Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 8:59pm
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I have made several cakes the day of or a a few days ahead.
I have made many cakes for us where the cake was just too big and we ended up freezing 1/2 and then eating 1/4 for a few days.
I had once I place in a tupperware in the fridge and we ate it for almost a week. ---- It was a whole lot of cake!
The last one I did for my 4 year old. 7 guest outside of us 5 and I had to freeze 1/2 of it. We will see how it turns out. It's b/c with fondant accents. I will try and let you know what happens.
I have decorated cupcakes before and as long as you let them thaw in their container in the fridge so it's a slow process they did just fine. I would just suggest no red/black or anything that will bleed really easy!

Good Luck.

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edith123 Posted 23 Jul 2008 , 9:03pm
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I posted the same question a few days ago! I'm getting married in 2 weeks and also making my own wedding cake I'm going to try and star working on it like 2 days before because I want it to be as fresh as possible.

I wish you the best of luck! please wish me the same! When are you getting married?

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