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How far in advance can you bake & decorate?

post #1 of 62
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I think I know the answer to this questions but I have a hard time with it. I have a cake that I have to deliver on Sunday for 12:00. I feel like I cannot decorate until Saturday........ but this is not true, right? If I decorate and finish the cake tomorrow will it be ok until Sunday am when I deliver it?

I still do not have my "time management" skills perfected when it comes to cake baking and it seems like I am always running around like a crazy person at the last minute. I have yet to deliver a cake all fresh and come home to an already clean kitchen. I usually throw a clean shirt on (clean = no icing or powder sugar) and run out the door with the cake and then come home to a kitchen that looks like a hurricane went through it.

Would appreciate any advice. icon_biggrin.gif

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post #2 of 62
Hey BJ,
I think that it would be fine to bake and decorate it Friday for Sunday.
I am sure it will be great.
~Sweet~ icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 62
HI BJ,
I totally agree with SweetCreations, I have decorated Thursday night for a Sunday delivery and so far never a complaint!! (knocking wood!!)
Happy baking!
Gina
post #4 of 62
I do my icing on a Monday, bake my cakes on Tues & Wed., ice the cakes on Thursday, & decorate on Friday. Deliver on Saturday. I could never do all that in one day. There is no fun in it that way. So take your time & do it stretched out some. You'll be much happier that way I assure you! icon_smile.gif
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post #5 of 62
I agree with turtle.I never do it all in one day .I bake on 1.Make icing on 2 and decorate on 3.Then deliver on 4.That way you don't have the hurricane.lol.
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post #6 of 62
God i'm sooooo glad she asked this question!!! i never thought to ask it b4.i just assumed i was a little scattered icon_rolleyes.gif when it came down to getting the cake done. i do usually plan all my cakes for weeks(if i have that long)but am always worried that the cake won't be fresh enough if i start to early. thanks for setting me straight on time management!!

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post #7 of 62
my secret: When I have a free day I make my buttercream 30 qts. at a time and store it in big plastic reusable ice cream containers. They all go in the freezer and last for months ..... just set on the counter overnight to thaw and you're good to go if I had to make icing one batch at a time I'd quit this business in a heartbeat
post #8 of 62
Hello Liz Ann, I have never herd of this before !! Would you mind sharing your recipe of your butter cream icing. I also wanted to ask you if you didnt finish the icing can you put it back to freeze??? Or can you freeze any butter cream icing??
post #9 of 62
I have 4 cakes due in the next two days. I made all my frosting up last Saturday and went ahead and mixed all my colors so they are ready and waiting for me. On Wednesday I baked and frosted two of the cakes (they're for Saturday) and I decorated them last night. Today I'll bake and frost the other two cakes. One will get decorated today for tonight and one will get decorated tomorrow. I did my patterns on Monday and they are ready and waiting for me. I work a full time job so I try to do something every night so I'm not stuck being up until the wee hours of the morning. Anyway, I've never had a complaint about taste, freshness or how moist a cake is by baking ahead of time.
post #10 of 62
several times. If I have small amounts of leftover colored icing, I put it in the little Blue Bunny yogurt containers that have the sturdy tight-fitting lid and freeze them also. This is such a lifesaver for me. I've been operating this way for 16 years and have had no problems with the freezing, thawing, refreezing of my buttercream. I use the basic Wilton recipe using all shortening and add butter flavoring, almond extract and Mexico vanilla. I always get rave reviews for my icing.
post #11 of 62
the first part of my post got cut off icon_cry.gif I freeze, thaw, refreeze, thaw, refreeze, any number of times and have no problems whatsoever.
post #12 of 62
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone! I feel ssssssooooo much better about this now. I needed the confirmation from all you experts. icon_biggrin.gif

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Kind words are like honey, sweet to the taste and good for your health. Pr 16:24
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post #13 of 62
Thanks for your reply Liz Ann!! Great info to know!!
post #14 of 62
LizAnn ~ I would have never thought to do that with my buttercream. (I guess it's all those years of being told to never refreeze something once it has thawed). I noticed though that you use the all shortening recipe for your bc; do you think the freeze, thaw, refreeze, etc would be ok with bc that has real butter in it?
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post #15 of 62
Yup. . .
For Sat. cake deliveries = Bake Thursday, Trim & Glaze Friday, Decorate Sat (if it needs to be delivered/ready EARLY on Sat, then everything is moved up a day. If it's a noon and later delivery, then I just wake up early on Sat and get my boogie on decorating)


Time management is very important. Always give yourself extra time, no matter what. What you think might take you 15 mins can easily turn into a 1 hour process (or longer) if something goes wrong.

Good Luck & HAPPY BAKING!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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