When I have to prepare a lot of desserts, or bake a cake that will require a lot of decorating time, I try to break down my work into smaller pieces... and spread it out over days, or even weeks, if I need to.
Here's how I made it work for the four different desserts I made for the chocolate party (which was a Saturday night).
Make & Bake Cardamom Cookies. Cool and Put in the Freezer in Freezer Bags.
Bake Chocolate Cake. Cool. Double Wrap with Plastic Wrap. Place in the Freezer.
Make Fondant Strawberries. Allow to Dry for 2-3 Days. Do NOT Store in Airtight Container.
Bake Vanilla Cake.
Buy Fresh Fruit
Make Strawberry Icing (not ganache, as it needs to be made when it's going to be used.)
Take Chocolate Cakes out of freezer.
Assemble/Decorate Chocolate-Strawberry Mini Cakes
Assemble Vanilla Cakes
Temper Chocolate to dip cookies and fruit
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