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What order do I work in?

So you may have all these tips and processes that you are learning about and now you are wondering, what order to I do them in? Here is a little checklist that I use for my own timeline:

3 Months to a week in advance Mario cake

  • Plan the cake – Draw up a little sketch showing colors, sizes of cake tiers, square vs round etc.
  • Shop for your ingredients and materials (or at least prepare your list of everything!). There’s nothing worse than having a cake ready to go but no cake box that it fits in!
  • Bake the cake(s) – Once cooled, wrap them twice in cling wrap or saran wrap and put them in the freezer. They can be stored there for up to 3 months.
  • Prepare your buttercream or ganashe – Again this can be frozen for quite some time. Freezing is optional as some people like to make it fresh when they are assembling the cake.
  • Make 3D figurines or flowers – If you are working with fondant instead of gum paste, you will need several days or even a week for your figurines to dry out and set.
  • Cover the cake board – It needs time to set hard. Give it at least 2 days or more if you are in humid conditions.

Day before

  • Defrost the cake(s) – About 24 hours before you want to begin decorating.
  • Defrost the buttercream or ganashe – at least 4 hours before you want to begin decorating.

On the day

  • Level the cake(s)
  • Cover the cake(s) with your buttercream or ganashe
  • Cover the cake(s) with fondant
  • Decorate the fondant with all the fresh fondant decorations – eg if you are adding stripes or buttons they are easier to apply to the fresh fondant as fresh soft fondant.
  • Place the cake on the cake board
  • Stack the tiers if you are doing so
  • Seal off the base of the cake – with piped buttercream or royal icing, ribbon or fondant decoarations.
  • Add your dried 3D figurines or flowers or any other finishing touches
  • Place it in your cake box and cover it with cling wrap or saran wrap if it is too tall to fit in
  • FINISHED!

Well done!

Please keep in mind that this is my way of working and you may be the person who can whip up a cake, ice it and decorate it all in one day! I would love to be that person but I have had too many incidents where I have used a wrong quantity of something in my cake batter so the whole cake flops and I need to bake again or the figurine is too soft and gradually shrinks itself down to nothing – it is simply too risky for me!

 

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