Alternative to fruit cake

Hi,

Just looking for some ideas. My mum and I are making my sisters wedding cake. She wants a fruit cake and 2 sponge cakes. We are thinking, though, that the sponges need to be done the day before, and wont leave much time for icing...

Looking for ideas for what type of cake would keep better..

Thanks in advance :)

Sandy

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  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
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    The ginger cake recipe I make keeps well.
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    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
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    My DD made her friends wedding cake and they wanted the smallest tier rich fruit cake for keeping, the middle tier was a lemon sponge and the biggest layer was a chocolate cake as that was the most popular flavour with most of the guests. Dd also made an 'extra' small round fruit cake and flat iced it without decoration for ease of cutting for guests who liked fruit cake. Hope that helps.
  • nuathanuatha Forumite
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    I made my own wedding cake, I used Madeira sponge recipe for the sponge sections as this would keep for at least a week. I finished all the decorating 70 hours before the wedding. (The iced cake actually kept 10 days)
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    jackyannjackyann Forumite
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    edited 26 April 2015 at 9:29PM
    Well done nuatha!

    I agree that a Madeira sponge keeps very well, and was, in my circle, regarded as at least as "traditional" as a fruit cake.
    Madeira takes flavours very well, and being more robust, takes icing well. I also think that it goes better with wine, champagne (as well as sherry of course!) than fruit cake.

    I would of course, suggest a few trial runs! If you don't have a favourite recipe, try dear Delia - always reliable!
  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    jackyann wrote: »
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    I would of course, suggest a few trial runs! If you don't have a favourite recipe, try dear Delia - always reliable!


    I think the icing actually helps keep the moisture/freshness in so you don't need to worry you'll be up icing until midnight on the eve of the wedding!
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