How long in advance can I make a fondant covered cake?

by Janene
(Brisbane, Qld Australia)

I have a basic chocolate cake recipe,then covered in buttercream, then covered in white chocolate fondant, needed in a couple of weeks.

How long in advance can I make it, as I'm attempting a two tier.

I was told that up to four weeks if I use chocolate mud cake, I'm not sure if that was correct.

Thank you so much for any advice, I look forward to your reply.


From the editor:

Hi Janene,

It's so nice to get an e-mail from my old home town, Brisbane.

I wouldn't recommend four weeks ahead for any cake, except fruitcake really. Usually four or five days ahead is enough time for multiple tiers.

Here's a time line that may help:

four days before party - bake cakes and refrigerate overnight.

three days before party - tort, fill and crumb coat the cakes and refrigerate overnight.

two days before the party - top coat in buttercream, refrigerate one hour, cover in fondant and stack tiers. Make sure to add 5-7 cake dowels on the bottom tier for support. Do not refrigerate the cake after it's covered in fondant.

day before the party - finish decorating details.

I hope this helps.

Michelle (editor)

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Oct 05, 2015
Chocolate Mud Cake - Will it last? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi There,

I'm hoping to get some advice; I baked a two tier chocolate mud cake last Friday night, the next day I covered and filled it in chocolate ganache and then used Satin Ice fondant and covered and decorated. I was told a fondant covered cake would last a week no problems kept in a cool dry place.

I'd made this in advance so I could experiment and make sure the cake turned out for my daughter's 1st birthday and if it didn't I'd have plenty of time to make another cake. However, my daughter's fallen ill with a virus and it looks like we'll be postponing her birthday party and now I really don't know what to do! If we postpone it to next weekend, the cake will be 2 weeks old.. will it still be edible? your advice is appreciated :)

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Apr 15, 2010
Thank you, Michelle
by: Anonymous

The timeline was exactly what I need. I look forward to giving it a go within the next few days.

I'm so happy I found your website, awesome information and I've learnt a lot from it. I appreciate your professional advice.

Wishing you all the best, Happy Baking.

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