Hi all - This is my first visit to Rose’s site although I have poured over TCB for many years. I have spent the day perusing the many, many questions and answers and have learned alot. Of course, I now have lots more questions so here goes.
I am making sheet cakes for serving to the guests (the wedding cake will be a dummy cake that I am covering with fondant and decorating - except for one layer which will be cake). I am planning on a lemon-lavender cake with raspberry mousseline buttercream and lemon mousseline buttercream AND a chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream and milk chocolate filling. I made tasting cakes and they were wonderful!! I am planning on making the cakes ahead of time and freezing the layers. As I am the mother of the bride, I really would like to have everything done to these cakes by the Friday before. So now to my questions.
Can I fill the cakes (mousseline buttercream and milk chocolate buttercream) and then freeze them until closer to the day then do the final icing on the outside of the cakes (no one will see these cakes)? Or can I frost them on the outside as well and freeze the whole thing? If I can frost them on the outside, how should I wrap them for the freezer and how should I thaw them?
I am planning on using the lemon buttercream to frost the lemon-lavender, but I am wondering what the best chocolate frosting would be for the chocolate cake - any suggestions would be great. I do have TCB - lots of sticky notes and have used it for many cakes and fillings.
Also - this comes from my reading today - I purchased a 12 x 18 x 3” pan for the sheet cakes and now find out that 3” pans are not great to bake in. I read several posts that talked about making thin layers. Could someone expand on this. I really don’t want to purchase another pan as they are quite expensive.
Because I can’t find a lemon cake in Rose’s book that I can use the factors to scale up, is there anyway that I can scale up another recipe - hope that makes sense.
I am sure that I will have more questions, but that’s it for now.
Thanks everyone for your great advice and all your help.