Hi. Boy, was I lost without CC today! Anyway:
1. I just made the sheet cake for my football cake I'm decorating tomorrow and wondered if I should store it in the frig over night? Or not?? I'm waiting to hear your opinion before I close up the kitchen!
Also, the cake is due Sunday but I'm decorating it tomorrow. Did I bake it too soon??? I always hate to bake the same day as I decorate but then again I hate handing over a 3 day old cake. what do you think?
PS: Thanks to all of your help, I was able to fiddle with Indydebi's BC recipe and it is perfect now! Thanks soooo much for all of your help! Yippie!
I don't put my cakes in the fridge after they are baked. You can do do a couple of things. Leave in pan and cover with a kitchen towel. Take it out tomorrow before you decorate. (Heat oven to 200, put cake back in for 3 minutes comes right out). Or if you've already taken it out of the pan cover it with a kitchen towel and decorate tomorrow. I have found that cakes are easier to work with when they have rested overnigt before decorating.
I leave mine in the pan and cover with a kitchen towel. If you are decorating it tomorrow, you did not bake it too soon. As long as you keep it covered and then decorate it asap, it will stay moist! Have fun decorating!
With sheet cakes, I cover my board and flip the cake onto the board after I level it. I leave the pan on it as a cover until I'm ready to decorate. Most of the time that is hours later if not overnight. I do not refrigerate it before OR after I decorate it. And it will be fine to eat Sunday. Cakes are way more durable than people would think.
I pop my cakes onto a cake board and double wrap in saran wrap and put them in the freezer, even if I am decorating them the next day (allow to defrost before decoratoring) I just think it keeps them moister (is that a word?)
I hardly ever put my cakes in the fridge. I usually just cover them and leave them out on the counter. If you are going to decorate tomorrow you definately didn't bake too soon... no worries it'll be fine.
Thanks everyone! I just came out of the shower and my dear, dear husband had already covered my cakes in plastic!!!!! Is that okay???? He was so pleased he "helped" that I don't wanna burst his bubble!!!
They are on a board covered in cling wrap?? !!!!!!!!
That sounds perfect... say thanks to the hubby.
I got a great hubby actually. As I type he is washing all my mess in the kitchen.
just wish he could help me all the decorating I have to do tomorrow. I have a sick 2 year old, I'm just getting over a flu and I have 2 nephews staying with me tomorrow!!!!!!! Yikes! So, I will most likely be piping, stopping, piping, stopping, wiping my daughter's runny nose, washing my hands, piping, comforting my daughter, washing my hands (I'm a germ phob)!! piping, stopping...you get the idea!!!!!!!!!! She only wants "mommy" when shes not feeling well. Guess I'm getting up early tomorrow! At least my nephews are 11 and 13 so they are old enough to get their own everything!!!
Thanks again guys! You all rock!!!
Hubby did fine. I do as Lorimoms, freeze --even if it is for overnight. That being said, it's also not required... just a preferance. If you worry about the cake being moist, go with the pros trick and use a simple syrup to crumbcoat before frosting. I always add that as the long term "yum factor."
just learning about simple syrup...does is need to be made with alcohol?? I don't have any in the house and it's a cake for kids so that seemed wrong to me?
simple syrup=1 cup sugar + 1 cup water and boil....I also add some flavoring after it's cools some...like vanilla extract
I also freeze my cake even if it's over night....seems to be moister when I do that
Ditto what Spoonfulofsugar said. If you have leftover syrup, it can store in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you need to make less just make the ratio of water to sugar the same. Ex: 1/2 sugar to 1/2 cup water, boil until sugar dissolves, stirring in between. Any flavoring that compliments your cake can be added. Alcohol and liqueurs are not mandatory additions but do provide over-the-top results. A favorite of mine when available is rum (just a spoonful is required)... awesome with chocolate cakes!