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David Barton

David

Wedding Cake?

Our daughter's wedding is next month. The bottom two layers of the cake are made and are traditional fruit cake. The top is to be chocolate cake with a cream filling, by request of the groom, who does not like fruit cake. We want to cover everything with white royal icing, and then stack it. But we are no facing a problem: royal icing needs a week to dry, and a chocolate cake, with a cream filling, will go off and stale in that time. Does anyone have a solution?

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Maura

Wedding cake

Well I'm not sure this helps at all - but why not go for a more modern rather than traditional solution to the problem. Make the 2 tier fruit cake in the traditional style and do the chocolate one as a separate addition. Maybe you could shape it in 2 halves and have it arranged around the bottom of the tiered cake to complement it. I think it might be very hard for them to do the traditional 'cut' through the cake photo pose if the top layer is a chocolate sponge. It could be so light it might crumble and ruin everything. He obviously doesn't cook or he would appreciate the task he has set you.
Maybe you could hire some cake tins from a specialised cookware shop for the sponge to get an interesting shape or shapes, but I definitely wouldn't try to balance it on top of your lovely fruit cake. I do hope you find the answer and hope this might help a bit. Good Luck!

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Pocket Rocket

Wedding cake

No one likes too much icing on the cake. Why not marzipan and cover the two fruit layers with one of the ready to roll icing products from the supermarket and smooth it off. Leave these cakes to await final assembly. Cook the chocolate cake and fill it with cream (and put in the freezer if done in advance) and keep it refrigerated until the last minute when you assemble on top of the other two decorated layers and pipe around the joined edges - or were you wanting to use pillars? I recently made a wedding cake for my niece and took the iced cakes in boxes to their destination a few days before where it was decorated by various other nieces as I did not want to do the decoration. They did a wonderful job a couple of days before the wedding, the piped edges were royal icing but the rest ready to roll icing. Maybe I am bit late with this for you. Good luck with the wedding.

 
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