How long in advance can I make a wedding cake
I have been asked to make a vanilla three tiered wedding cake with Italian meringue buttercream icing covered with fondant. The cake is simple and has royal icing piping on it. My problem is that the bride and groom want to collect the cake from me at the end of November and travel with it in 30'C heat about 900km to the wedding venue only to eat the cake on about the 7th December! Please help!Lorelie's Response
This is a risky and tricky situation. You didnt give an exact date of pick up. I will assume it is the last day in November, which means the cake would sit for a week, or 7 days.
That would be ok as long as the cake is well wrapped, boxed and kept in the freezer or refrigerator. You say the cake will travel 900 km which according to my calculations is 559.2 miles and in 30 degree celcius heat which means 85 degrees. That's pretty warm and a long distance.
Are they driving straight through? This would be about a ten hour trip correct?
The only way I see this as a posiiblity is if the wedding cake is kept cold and in a very supportive delivery box. Dry ice could be used to keep the temperature very cold. An air conditioned car may do the trick but not quite as effective if the cake is boxed and the drivers would have to wear sweaters. (I've done this believe me it's not comfortable. I have also used dry ice which worked beautifully.
The fact that the cake is fondant with royal icing decoration makes this extremly chancy. The fondant as you probably know is sensitive to moisture and the royal icing will also break down due to moisture as well. If the cake gets very cold and then is brought out of the box into a warm environment it will sweat. All of your hard work will start to melt down and quite possibly the bride will aslo have a meltdown.
If it was me, I would only agree to this if the cake was buttercream, or at the very least, fondant without royal decoration and if the bride and groom sign a contract that once the cake leaves your kitchen it is no longer your responsibility.
I hope that helps you out with your decision. Please update us here on what you decide and if
you do go for it we would LOVE to hear how it went and how you did it.
Thanks for visiting and asking a great question.