I am freezing pillow cake layers for a baby shower that is happening on Friday at noon (first time freezing). Is it ok to freeze them wrapped really well ON the cakeboards? Thank you for your help.
(long time reader, first time post-er)
oops, sorry for the caps in the subject line
I assume you're freezing undecorated cakes...which if that is the case, why would you need boards?
Stability maybe? I'm just afraid of them crumbling somehow. Guess by your reply I don't need them? Did I mention this is my first request for a cake from a friend/co-worker? Before this I only made them and gave to family, friends and took them into work just "for fun". So, I am a little bit nervous about it. Not only will my entire dept of 40 be there but she is also inviting her family so there is alot of potential for future requests.
They shouldn't crumble. Just wrap each tightly with a couple of layers of Saran Wrap. I wouldn't stack them on top of each other in the freezer. Lay them flat. When ready to decorate, take them out and unwrap. You don't necessarily have to let them thaw completely before filling and crumb coating...but if you're going to cover with fondant I would make sure it's at room temp when you do. Better to avoid condensation when possible I would think when it comes to fondant. (I don't cover my cakes with fondant...this is just my opinion on that!) HTH!
It helps a great deal! Thank you very much for the advice and for making my first posting experience a pleasant one.
Is it ok to freeze them wrapped really well ON the cakeboards?
Yes, it's okay to freeze on boards. I use boards with all layers for easier handling. You can get away without them for smaller diameter cakes (6" and 8"), but, for larger layers, it's highly recommended to prevent cracking during handling.
When we shipped frozen layers, everything 10" and larger were on corrugated cardboard.
Well, I ended up freezing them without the boards (one was 6" and one was 10") double wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in ziplock freezer bags. Guess I'll find out how well I did on Thursday when I take them out to thaw-decorate.
I always freeze on boards. Easier to handle.