If you know you are really going to be in a pinch, you can even prepare frosting in advance, though it ultimately might not save you nearly as much time or effort as baking and freezing the cake in advance does. Frosting can be made a day or two ahead of time, but it can get thick and unwieldy. If you find yourself trying to wrangle cold frosting, you can borrow Pretty Simple Sweet‘s hack. This requires you to put the frosting back into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip it again to make it fluffy and malleable.
That’s why if you really need something fast and easy to clean up in a flash, store-bought icing is your best friend for polishing off a frozen cake you made well ahead of time. There are even tricks to making it taste more homemade.
The combination of the make-ahead cake that’s been defrosted and the store-bought icing will ultimately give you bragging rights for having made a beautiful dessert that you really did make yourself. So don’t be afraid to sign on for hosting and making the whole menu. With a few simple tricks, it’s definitely manageable.