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birthday cake storage question

I am planning on attempting to make DD#2's birthday cake. It will be a 3 tier princess castle cake. I plan on making it the day before the party, or maybe 2 days before in case it doesn't work out I can still get a quick cake from somewhere. Anyway, I have a cake storage plastic thing, but it won't be tall enough for this cake. I checked AC Moore for a cardboard or taller storage container, but they didn't have anything. Anyone know where I can get something to store it in? It can either be plastic or a toss away like card board, just as long as it's tall enough for a cake like this. I am assuming I will be storing it in the refrigerator until the day of the party. Also, on a side note, if anyone has any really good frosting recipes they can pass along... I was thinking of making it since the cake is so big rather than buying the small containers at the store.


This is a question I had planned on posting on a food related board, but I guess they removed it.

Posted 6/28/11 4:44 AM
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Re: birthday cake storage question

Are you making it out of fondant? If so, I think I read not to store fondant cakes in the fridge...something with condensation when you take it out?

Posted 6/28/11 8:01 AM

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Re: birthday cake storage question

it really depends on what you are using... like BaraginMama said, you should not store fondant in the fridge...

if you have a cream filling that needs to be refrigerated then i would not use fondant, unless you do the fondant that day.

if the cake has a filling that does not need to be refrigerated then you can keep the cake in a box loosely covered.

if you do the fondant that day and the cake was in the fridge, make sure the cake is room temperature otherwise the fondant will sweat.

good luck.

Posted 6/28/11 8:35 AM

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Re: birthday cake storage question

No fondant... I hate that stuff. It will either be a homemade buttercream or store bought frosting.

Posted 6/29/11 10:55 AM

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Re: birthday cake storage question

If I make the cake the night before with Duncan hines cake mix and Duncan Hines frosting, can I just refrigerate the whole thing assembled uncovered? I can't find anything that will store a three level cake and I am concerned that at room temp the cake may collapse into itself since it has three cakes on top of one another. I would hate to have to try to assemble and decorate it the day of the party. The filling I want to use is a chocolate mousse mix. Really appreciate help with this. Thanks!

Posted 7/1/11 10:33 PM

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Re: birthday cake storage question

First, make sure you use a filling that isn't too soft...that may make the cake collapse.
Second, make sure you use dowels in the bottom two tiers to keep them strong.
Third, you can keep the cake out in the open, especially if you have air conditioning, for a day, so you can assemble it the night or day before. Any longer than a day and you may have trouble.
Fourth, if you really want to keep it refrigerated, you could always keep the tiers apart until right before the party and then assemble them then...

And here is my favorite buttercream recipe:
6 cups of confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon clear vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup boiling water

2 3/4 cups Crisco
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

Mix confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Once combined, add boiling water. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all of the sugar mixture is in the water. Mix on slow until the bowl is cool to the touch. Add Crisco and butter and mix on medium speed until they're pretty broken down but not quite smooth (about 5-7 minutes). Turn the mixer to high and mix for 20 minutes.

Posted 7/1/11 10:48 PM

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Re: birthday cake storage question

You could try a cake decorating shop like The Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale. They sell all the supplies that cake decorators would need...I know they have the boards and they have boxes, so you could call and ask them if they have one for a tiered cake.

All the tips in the post above are great too.

I like the Wilton Buttercream recipe. It is easy, and my family loves it:

Our Buttercream Icing recipe is perfect for spreading or decorating. Follow our instructions to make it the ideal consistency you need.

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
About 3 cups of icing.

Step 1
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
Step 2
For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
Step 3
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.

*I don't usually have clear vanilla so I just use regular, it doesn't really change the color of the frosting. And if I need to thin the frosting a bit, as it says in step 3, I use milk, a little bit at a time (I never use corn syrup).

Posted 7/2/11 6:23 AM

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