I have a situation that I could really use some expert advice on. I am getting remarried in a week and we have decided to do everything for the wedding ourselves. We are combining children from our two sides and everyone wants a part in making the special day happen. We have decided to tackle one of the toughest jobs for the wedding and that is, baking the wedding cake.
My stepdaughter-to-be loves baking and really wants to make the cakes. We are thrilled to let her do this and each trial run has turned out very well. Our issue is that we have no experience in cake decorating. Actually, I take that back, my fiancé took some Wilton classes with his ex years ago so he knows a little something.
We want the cake to be covered in fondant and have experimented with the marshmallow recipe which turned out fine. I need expert advice from you all on what type of icing to use on our pound cakes (store bought buttercream is awful) and how would you recommend that we assemble, transport and reassemble this 3 tiered cake (12, 10, 8 inches) at our beach destination 3.5 hours away from my home. We will have a beach house with a full kitchen so we can assemble the cake there and roll out the fondant at that time.
To make this less confusing, my questions are:
1. What is a good icing to use on the almond flavor pound cake?
2. Would you share some recipes for that icing? Nothing too sweet
3. Should we bake the cakes ahead of time and freeze them so that they are moist?
4. What is the best way to store the cakes?
5. Should we transport the cakes in coolers iced or without icing?
6. How far in advance before the reception should we assemble the cake and cover with fondant?
7. Is it ok to leave pound cake, icing and fondant out without refrigeration after assembled? The cake doesn't contain sour cream or cream cheese.
I have so much respect for all of you who do this for a living. I knew it would be a big undertaking to do this, but its only for 35 people and I really want to support my stepdaughter in her love of baking and her excitement for this. Any advice and step by step time lines that you all can offer would be so greatly appreciated!!
Thanks so much!