How far in advance can I make chocolate cake?
I plan on making an chocolate cake w/ chocolate frosting from a Nigella Lawson recipe.
I am trying to figure out if I can make part of it or all of it in advance. In need the cake for Saturday night can I bake and frost it tomorrow? If not can I prep something?
Thank you in advance.
I would *recommend* baking a chocolate cake a day or two in advance, and leaving it well-wrapped, at room temperature. The chocolate flavor takes a bit of time to develop. If I have the option, I like to bake a chocolate cake two days ahead and frost one day ahead (I use a frosting that doesn't require refrigeration) so the cake and the frosting have time to, mm, "marry." I have a glass cake stand with a glass dome, and it keeps perfectly that way. And looks so fetching!
I bake brownies the day before I need them for the same reason.
My mother was a cake decorator, and always made cakes in advance. She would also frost while semi-frozen. She never had a problem and her cakes were always moist full of flavor.