How long?

by Enza
(New York)

I am making a cake for my daughters 13th birthday and I would like to bake the cake 4 days before her birthday (I need some time to decorate it). Will the cake still be good and/or should I freeze or refrigerate it. Then, I would like to start decorating it 2 - 3 days before with fondant would that be okay. Thank you for your time.

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Making A Cake 4 Days Before The Party
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Enza,

Four days would be the maximum I would recommend for baking a cake ahead of time. Once you bake it:

1. Cool completely, refrigerate for an hour then tort (split the layers).

2. Fill between the layers and crumb coat. Refrigerate overnight to allow the filling to settle. This will prevent any ridges forming under the fondant from seeping filling.

3. Top coat with buttercream and refrigerate for an hour or so to let the frosting firm up.

4. Cover the cake in fondant. Do not refrigerate after this step or you risk condensation spots forming on the fondant.

Happy decorating.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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