Hi I am a newbie and this forum seems to be of the highest culinary standards so I hope you will be patient with me as I am a home cook with a renewed interest in cake baking.. I have been asked to bake and decorate chocolate and plain sponge cakes for Xmas. 6 in all. My problem is, how long will sponge cakes stay moist i.e. if I bake and buttercream now then ice with fondant WILL the cakes stay moist for Xmas or will they dry out /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif or should I freeze then ice./img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif Usually I wouldn't panic and just go for it/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif but its for a special occasion not just Xmas. Also can someone anyone explain to me the differences between sugar paste,mexican paste,flower paste . Are they edible or just for decoration/img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif. I hope somebody in the community can help as time is running out and I think I have bitten off more than I can chew /img/vbsmilies/smilies/blushing.gif.