how far ahead can i bake these?
The first place I always go to with a question like this is the recipe itself. The very last line in the recipe states "cake can be stored, well wrapped at room temperature, for up to 5 days." I would use that as your guideline. Also the recipient may not immediately eat your food gift, so when deciding which day you will make the cakes, keep in mind that it is probably necessary to allow for several day's shelf life for the gift once given.