Day: August 24, 2016

How Many Days Before a Cake Order Can I Start Baking

Time Management is very important for your cake business.  Having your own business does not mean you should work for 24 hours straight, having sleepless nights or try and manage a cake disaster.

 So the secret to dealing with all this is the No.1 secret for all cake decorators and it is so simple. This is known as the  4 Day Cake Rule

 What is the 4 Day Cake Rule?

 When you have a large cake order such as, tiered cakes, wedding cakes or a big birthday or novelty cake or fondant decorated cakes, then the 4 Day Cake Rule Applies. 

 You should try not to bake big cake order the day before. Infact it is a recipe for disaster. First you will have to measure the ingredients, make the mixture, bake in the oven, leave to cook, make the buttercream, crumb coat, cook off in the fridge, cover with fondant, make decorations and then decorate the cake. I will like to see you try all this in just 24 hours.

 It’s not possible, plus you need time to fix any errors that may come about.

Some may say that the cake will not be fresh, but most cakes are still fresh and taste more amazing 3-5 days after baking. A good chocolate cake recipe can last up to 10 days and will still taste scrumptious. 

 

The main reason for 4 Day Cake rule, is that you are not doing any decorating on the delivery day and you are able to fix any cake decorating disasters that may crop up. This will enable you to take care of the ‘what if’s’ or ‘just in case’ like for example if the cake burns you can do it again.

 By breaking all the steps down in the 4 days, you wont feel all flustered about all the cake orders you will be getting.

 So here is a timetable to follow where you have a big cake order 

                   The 4 Day Cake Rule

Day 1                                                                            

  • Bake Cakes

  • Cover cake board in fondant

  • Moisten the cakes with sugar syrup

  • Start on your fondant decorations such as flowers or figurines, etc

Day 2  

  • Start to layer the cakes

  • Cover each cake in fondant and  leave to ‘set’ overnight.

  • Finish up fondant decorations

Day 3

  • Stack the cakes.

  • Decorate the cakes

  • Take Photos

Day 4

  • Cake is ready for pickup or delivery.

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9 Essential tips on How to Transport and Deliver your Cakes

And you thought decorating a cake was hard .Transporting cakes can be a real challenge whether in the commercial industry, or as a one-person job.Once you’ve finished decorating, placed all the fondant flowers that took days to make, it’s time to deliver it to the venue.

This is one aspect I don’t enjoy at all. My heart used to be in my mouth while driving delivering cakes especially if you also had to do school runs too. I have never had any major disaster but I know transporting cakes can be quite a hassle for bakers.

Usually, as a cake baker and decorators, you should have a clause in your terms and conditions ( I have included a sample of a standard terms and conditions for your use) that once the cake has exchanged hands to the customer, the customer is then held responsible for what happens to the cake from there on out. Such information will educate the customer, especially if the cake needs to travel a long distance, or has to be kept cool.

However, here I have listed a few tips you should bear in mind when transporting your cakes so that you avoid any cake disaster:

 Tip #1: Have someone hold the Cake

If you have an extra hand, try and get the help of someone else in the car to hold / support your cake box to ensure the cake does not slide off the seat or on the floor.

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Tip #2: Avoid exposing the cake to direct sunlight

Cakes should never be in direct sunlight, be sure to position the cake somewhere that won’t have sunlight directly over the cake which will cause it to melt.

 

113Tip #3: keep Cake on a flat surface

If no one is available to hold the cake for you, it’s best to transport the cake in the flattest area possible of your car. For example, the passenger side floor in front of the seat. This way you can keep an eye on your cake if it’s an open box also.

TIP #4; Drive super careful

I think this is a no brainer. You have spent a lot of time on this cake, so even if drivers are abusing you for being too slow on the road. Ignore them.

TIP #5: Look Well Well

Before you remove the cake from the car, walk the path you will have to travel to the set-up site. Be alert for any bumps along the way and note any tight spaces you will have to maneuver around, always look around on what the ground is like while walking with your cake. You don’t want to trip do you?

TIP #6: The Car should have an AC

It’s always preferable to have an air conditioned car and turn it to full blast. Our climate is always hot or humid, so it always best to transport your precious cake in an air conditioned car. 

114TIP #7: Use Non-slip mats

Use Non-slip mats for the trunk or floor of your car or under each tier in the box. Most cakes are placed on a slippery cardboard base. However, when transporting a cake to the venue, this surface makes it more likely to slide around in the car.

The best way to transport the wedding cake is to place a non-slip mat under each tier, preventing the cake from moving around during transport. You can purchase one of those sticky shelf liners at most big box stores with a kitchen section. 

115TIP #8: Place cake in sturdy cardboard boxes

Place the cakes in clean, covered, sturdy boxes that are sized to the base board of each cake. This will prevent the cake from moving within the box and possibly crushing the sides of the cake.

If the box is too big, roll pieces of masking tape sticky side out and attach to the inside bottom of the box. Position the cake base on top of the tape. The tape will hold the base in place within the box. For boxes which must hold taller decorations, prop up top and sides and secure with masking tape.

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TIP #9: Using a center dowel

Where you have separate multiple layer cakes, it is helpful to place a center dowel through the center of a multitier cake. A common practice in creating tiered cakes is the placement of a dowel in the center of a cake, to provide stability for the cake, as well as avoiding sliding during transport. You can get dowels at most cake shops.

 

Looking at the above, you might be getting a little overwhelmed with how much information I threw at you for transporting a cake short distance. Don’t be… it’s mostly common sense. And having common sense can save your cake’s life.

How do you package and transport such  delicate cakes without bruising it? Check out this informative video to show you how.

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Happy Caking.

Till next week.

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