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Best time to decorate my cakes?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone,

 

I have two cakes due for Saturday, one buttercream and the other fondant. I already baked them and put them in freezer two days ago. Can I take them out of the freezer on Thursday night and put in fridge and then decorate the cakes on Friday morning? When do I need to take them out of the freezer, fill them, crumb coat and decorate them? Is it better to fill and crumb coat when they are still cold? If I do decorate the cakes on Friday, do I cover them or just leave them uncovered? Sorry for all the questions but I am new at this. Any comments are really appreciated. Thank you

post #2 of 16
Depending on how long it takes you to decorate, complexity of the design, etc. I'd take them out tomorrow morning and let them sit on your counter while you make your BC. They should be wrapped while defrosting, I like to torte/level while partially frozen-this makes the cakes easier to cut. So I only let them defrost a little bit, the time it takes to torte my cakes-this way most of the condensation forms on the Satan wrap and not on my cake. Keep in mind, this is how I do things, feel free to do whatever you want icon_smile.gif

I stack each cake on foamcore (cake round), layer, fill, crumb coat then I let my cakes settle overnight. This is a very important step! It helps avoid buldges in your finished cake. If you don't have time to let your cake settle overnight use Leah's tile method-place a lightweight object on top of your cake, you don't want to crush it, but the object should be large enough so the weight is evenly disbursed-I will do this for a few hours.

You can do your final coat the same day or leave this for Friday, cover with fondant and decorate. I would have them finished Friday night if delivery is Saturday or at least the majority of it.

If you have any fillings that are perishable you'll need to refrigerate. You can refrigerate your fondant cake if you want, it's a great debate around here, so that's a personal preference. Cold cakes make deliveries much easier.

Please don't take offense, but is this for a customer?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Smckinney07,

Thank you for your reply. This is not for customer but for two of my friends. I want to learn more about making and decorating cakes before I start charging. I just started with all this cake decoration and I love it.

So you think I should take my cakes out of the freezer today (thursday morning) then when still half frozen cut, fill, crumb coat and leave out in counter top for tomorrow (friday), then finish decoration and leave out in counter top for saturday? Wont the cake taste old for being out that long? Do i need to cover my cakes while sitting out?
post #4 of 16
Yes, exactly but you can store them in the fridge too, they won't go stale. You can do the first days work & the second the same day but you'd need to let them settle for a few hours before you put the final coat of bc on.

Two cakes (depending on the design of course) due on the same day is a lot of work, some of the steps look easier then they are. Icing a smooth cake & covering a cake in fondant can take a while if you've never done them before.
post #5 of 16
thekitchn.com/expert-advice-how-to-wrap-stor-151924

Just make sure your cake is safe from dust, etc.

Good luck on your cakes!
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you Smckinney07. I have decorated once with BC and once with fondant and they turned out nice but when I covered the fondant in a plastic container it turned humid...don't know why.

 

I am just taking the cakes out of freezer now (5:30pm) and I will cut, fill and crumb coat tonight and back to fridge. Tomorrow morning as soon as I take them out of fridge, I will put the final BC coat in one and the fondant in the other one. Maybe after they're done I can place them down in the basement in the cold room or in the fridge if they fit.

post #7 of 16
You'll have to post pictures when you're finished. You'll be fine just remember to have fun with it!

When you put your cakes in the fridge make sure they are in a box (for decorated fondant cakes I box and put them in a large or garbage bag) it helps with condensation and smells from other items in your fridge. If your fondant cake does get tacky, you'll notice it looks shiny just let it sit on your counter-don't touch it! Just wait until it doesn't look shiny anymore.

Or store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight (this can make fondant fade).

There are many links debating putting cakes in the fridge vs leaving them to sit out. Do whatever you're comfortable with, I've done both without issues.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Do I have to put a second coat of buttercream before putting the fondant?
post #9 of 16
Nope
post #10 of 16
Yes most times you will need to. Unless your cakes dont crumb.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for your replies. I am learning so much from this forum.

 

I will post pictures of my cakes tomorrow so you can see my work.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

These are some previews ones that I've made to practice but over Styrofoam

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post #13 of 16
Awsome work
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just made two cakes, a male torso (abs) and a female torso (boobs). They are almost finished but I would like to make the male torso shinny. Can anyone tell me how to before I take them today? Please
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

Ok my two cakes are finished. So proud of my self lol. This time they are gifts but for next time, how much could I charge for each? Male torso is about 16 by 10 1/2 and female is aprox 12 by 11. I know the plating is not nice but I still need to buy so many things for my cakes.

 

 

Hope you all like them.

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