Cake Preparation Time Line

by Mandy
(Tucson, AZ)

How far ahead of time can I prepare my buttercream frosting without it losing any of its properties / flavors? How far ahead of time can I bake my cake and how to I store it (refrigerator / Tupperware)?


From the editor:

Hi Mandy,

You can make buttercream up to 2 weeks ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Re-beat the buttercream for a minute or two when you're ready to use it, so you get a spreadable consistency.

You can make the cake up to three days ahead of time and store, double wrapped in plastic, in the fridge.

This is the time line I usually work with:
2-3 days before the event - bake and cool the cakes, then tort, fill and crumb coat. Refrigerate overnight.

the day before the event - Top coat and decorate.

Finishing the day before gives you extra time in case, heaven forbid, there's any last minute disasters to contend with.

Michelle (editor)

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