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How to Carve A Spiral Cake

[featuredcakes] A lot of people have been asking for the photos that I took of my hiking cake while it was in progress. So here are the photos with explanations on them.
1.  First place your toothpicks into the top of the cake where you would like the path to be.
2.  Now, mark your cake how steep you want your path to be with more toothpicks. Only go about half way down the cake. By the time the toothpicks meet up with the tooth picks on top, you'll be adding more cake to complete the path later on. 3. Next, cut down into the cake along the tooth picks starting at the top. Then cut into the side along the toothpicks on the side of the cake, and you will see your pathway start to emerge 4. Find the point on the path where it begins to taper and measure how tall the cake is at that point. Grab another 1 layer of cake, and cut a piece that is as wide as you measured and as long as you want your pathway to extend and as thick as the pathway is. (you'll be standing it on its side) 5. You should now have something that looks like the photo above. You can now remove the toothpicks on the top of the extra piece that was just added and continue cutting along the sides all the way to the end of your path. Remove the toothpicks from the side and frost the side of the cake from the point where it tapers to the end of where you want your path to be. Stand the extra piece of cake on its side and press it against the cake, starting from where you measured Mark the cake with toothpicks on the top of the extra piece where with how wide your pathway should be. and carve along those toothpicks to thin out the extra piece according to your desired pathway thickness.
6.  Mark your cake with additional toothpicks to finish your pathway all the way down.
Here is a side view of what it looks like after it has been carved.
Here you can see a top view how the carved pathway is the same width all the way down.

Comments (61)

Fantastic. Was thinking of doing a spiral cake in a few weeks, but had changed my mind (too hard). I might give it a go now I have seen this!! Thanks so much. ;)
OMG! thank you for this!!!
i don't know if anyone out there is as new to this as me. if so, would anyone like to try this cake together online this weekend? we could do it by commenting step by step to give each other some help on whats working or not
I hope this does not sound stupid, but it doesn't look as though you carved the back side of the cake. Does the path continue all the way around the entire cake? are the tooth pic placements free hand ( no measurements? i've never carved a cake before.
Wonderful. Thanks so much.
thanks so much for sharing. Pretty good discriptive detail. I feel like I might have some sucess, so I will try this one
I will do this...Great pictures and a fantastic looking cake@
I will do this…Great pictures and a fantastic looking cake
Looks great! Very Creative!!
Thank you!!! Great pictures!! I will try this thecnique!
thank you.....very helpful.....gracias!!!!
Hi Berecca!! I used your technic and it was amazing!!! Really love it!! Thanks !! A lot of thanks!! =)
Did you use two different size tiers on your cake or just one that is carved. I was thinking about doing a smaller cake with a spiral (6 in bottom tier and 4 in bottom tier) but was not sure if I should just go with the 6 in.
What kind of cake are you using for this? Thanks!
hey, is there a video of this anywhere? I am a visual learner and am still a bit confused by the pics ! Thank you , I still may try it. I need to do a cars theme cake in January and this would be perfect!
That looks so cool! I think I need to practice a lot more before I attempt something like that! But it's so cool!!
That is a great creation, I´m not clear yet, but still trying. Congratulation Grandiosa creación, no estoy muy clara aún, pero sigo tratando. Felicitaciones
WOW! your spiral cake looks great! i'm really new to cake decorating and carving. But i think i might have a go at this. thanks!
...."I hope this does not sound stupid, but it doesn’t look as though you carved the back side of the cake. Does the path continue all the way around the entire cake?" It looks to me like she did two of the cakes you see in the demo, then turned them opposite of each other to get the full top to bottom. The bottom spiral appears to have been done on a larger cake.
Thanks so much for the tutorial... I love it and it is so great of you to take the time. Is this just the top tier, and also does the path meet up in the back of the cake? Thanks Again.
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