For Saturday's four tier wedding cake, in all there are 8 indiviual cakes to be baked. The base tier, for instance is a 20" square. And in all honesty, I don't have an oven that big. (The largest I can fit is a 14" diameter.) So how am I doing a 20" sq? 4 10' cakes, of course. :OP
So I have to split up the baking load if not I'll be camping in the kitchen non-stop for a day or two. Yesterday, I baked three rich chocolate mud cakes. They each took 2 hours in the oven. I started in the afternoon and it was around midnight by the time I finished cleaning up and storing the cakes in the freezer.
I was half afraid to show you all this pic of my kitchen in this state of upheaval but here it is, in all it's messy baking maddness- just after taking one cake out of the oven and putting one cake in and preparing the next cake.
In the thick of the action, I don't bother to clean up the spills and whatnot. I do it only at the end of the baking day. Makes sense to me because I'll ineviatbily spill and mess things in the course of the day anyway. :OP But don't worry, the cake itself is immaculately handled with hygiene as top most priority!!!.
I levelled alittle of the tops so that I'd have more space in my fridge to store all six cakes. So we, my kids, family and I had the chance to sample the cake tops that I shaved off. It was super good!!! It's a thick, rich chocolatey mud cake with a chewey texture. You have to be a brownie lover to appreciate it. mmmmmm....
In the process of making space for the cakes, my family has been having meals made from all the frozen food in the fridge these couple of days. :OP
Why store the cakes in the freezer, you may ask? It's to firm them up so it makes them easier to carve. (Says so somewhere on this page in baking911.com.) I'll be carving the top two tiers and all the cakes need to be levelled anyway.
So here are the 1st baking day's cakes sitting obediently in the freezer. (Next to my yet to be eaten frozen cuttlefish balls.)
Meanwhile... back in the school room, Carol was over to continue the figurines. Lots of work and many (wo)man hours but we love the attention to detail and continue with our efforts to make the tiny figurines.
I'm telling you, it's gonna be such a special wedding cake!!! :OD