By Forrest Montminy. Cake. Published at Thursday, August 15th, 2019 - 05:00:30 AM.
Start assembling your cake. Take some of the frosting and spread it across the center of the cake board. This will be your ”glue” to secure the cake to the board. Turn one of the parchment lined cookie sheet cake ones onto the cake board. Center it in place on the board before removing the cookie sheet and then peel off the parchment paper. Turn the cookie sheet over and set it on top of the cake layer. Apply a little pressure to make sure that it is secured to the board. Apply frosting to the top of the cake and spread out evenly. Take the next cookie sheet cake and turn over onto the frosted layer. The easiest way to do this is to lift the cookie sheet up against the wide side and then quickly flip it onto the frosted layer. Do not remove the cookie sheet until you shift the cake into place and make it level with the previous layer. Then remove the cookie sheet and peel off the parchment paper. Turn the cookie sheet over and set it on top of the cake layer. Apply a little pressure to make sure that it is secured to the previous frosted layer. Repeat this process again with the next two layers. Trim any excess cake off the sides with a sharp knife so you have a nice even side. Crumb coat and refrigerate until firm.
What about the cake provided by the wedding reception site? What about ignoring it? That cake is being outsourced to a baker skilled in the creation of wedding cakes, then it’s being brought to your wedding and added to your bill with a nice profit markup for the reception hall. There is almost no instance when it makes sense to order this cake over one you can get direct from a baker. Be warned, however, that some reception facilities will CHARGE you for bringing in a different cake. They will refer to it as a ”plating” fee or some other such nonsense, but it can cost over $1 per person if your facility charges such a fee. Better to ask upfront to avoid any surprises to your budget.
Most bakers are reluctant to tell you whether your cake will be baked fresh or frozen beforehand. But you’ll get a good ideas based on how many weddings they can do in a weekend. If they’re serving cakes for 10+ weddings in a single weekend and it’s a small one-shop operation, there’s a pretty good chance the cake is being frozen beforehand. Otherwise, it’s mathematically impossible to bake 10 huge cakes in one morning.
Do some advance planning. Make sure that your clients or hosts are educated about the types of fillings that would be best suited for their events. Fillings can be made from scratch or bought. The fillings made from scratch are highly perishable and should remain refrigerated. New filling recipes should not be tried the night before an event. If you have to do something new, test the recipe out two weeks before. That way, if you need to make changes, you have time to do it or get help. Fillings that come in sleeves at your local cake store can be used right out of the sleeve as they are and the remainder can be refrigerated up to 6 months.
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