Originally Posted by LovelyCakes4Us
This site is so dead now, it takes a lot longer for people to reply. Almost all the older, very experienced members have run off, and it is almost only newbies now. I would rather have no answer at all, than the wrong answer ;-) At the risk of sounding like an 80 year old, I will say, back in the day, you could get a reply in minutes, but that usually isn't so nowadays. Patience is a virtue we all need to practice when asking someone to help us.
I typically have 3-5 cakes a week, generally a single tier, a couple 2 tiers, and a couple 3 tiers or more. If I have about 6-8 tiers to bake, fill, decorate, I will get stared Wednesday, but if I have 8-12, I will get started Tuesday, and if there is more, then I will bake Monday. I always, bake, fill, crumb coat, then freeze overnight (or more,, if I had to bake sooner) I will then make fondant, buttercream, and tint what I need, and make anything that needs to dry, then the day I need to decorate, I will take out and thaw, in the wrapping. (I work at night, so you may want to thaw the night before, if you work in the morning.) Then decorate, each one, and put in the box, and set it up on the shelf for pick up.
Right now, I am really slow, so I wait until Thursday to bake, fill, freeze, and make decorations, and then do it all on Friday.