Monday, September 19, 2016

Cake Decorating Timeline

Cake decorating is a task that requires preparation well in advance. At least four days are required in carrying out the cake decorating task in a proper manner, and making the delivery. Here are some of the things that you require doing to avoid last minute rush.

Day 1:
Make frosting, filling as well as fondant.
Bake cake, let it cool completely and wrap it well with cling wrap and store in the refrigerator.
Dress the cake board - if you are using Royal or fondant icing on the entire board.

Day 2:
Remove the cake, frosting and filling from the fridge to acquire room temperature.
Level, fill, tort and crumb coat the cake.
Place the cake in fridge for about 15 minutes, remove it and cling wrap and leave to stay in fridge for 3 to 6 hours. This will assist the cake to settle.

Day 2 - for Butter cream cakes
Apply the second and third coating – allowing time to chill in between the coats.
Return the cake to the fridge to rest.  

Day 2 – for Sugar/Fondant paste cakes
Remove cake from fridge and leave at room temperature for an hour.
Novelty cake become shaped and curved at this stage.
Cover the cake with Fondant.
Leave it at room temperature or refrigerate if at all you are using perishable fillings.

Day 3:
Bring to completion decorating as well as design details, which include doweling the cake and setting up the tiers.
Decorating the cake board and adding details such as sugar flowers and setting up the figures.
All decorations need to be completed at night and the cake left to rest overnight.

Day 4:
Check whether cake is free from last minute hi-cups such as burps or bulges.
Take a photo and pack the cake for delivery.      

Note 1:
This is the normal schedule that I use. I would alter the rules if I have a wedding cake or a novelty cake that requires more time to decorate, and start a day or two earlier.

Note 2:
In an effort to save time, there are several things that you need to do before you bake the actual cake.
Standard size cake boards can be bought or made well in advance.
Sugar flowers and figures can be made even two weeks earlier.

Frosting and cake filling such as fondant and butter cream can be prepared ahead of time.

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