Someone asked if I could do a cross for a first communion next Sunday. I don't have a cross shaped pan and wondered what size cake to use to cut a cross large enough to serve 30 people. Thank you for your suggestions!
i would use the largest rectangle pan you have. If is still won't be big enough, you could bake two, carve one, then stack it on top of the one you didn't carve. HTH
I just did a cross for my niece's christening, and got at least 30 large slices of cake from it. I got the idea from "Betty Crocker's New Cake Decorating" book. Make 2 13x9 cakes and layer them. Then cut the layered cake in half lengthwise, giving you two pieces that are 13x4.5. One of these pieces becomes your horizontal part of the cross. Cut the other one 4.5" from the short side, resulting in a 4.5" square piece and a 8.5x4.5 piece. The square becomes the top of the cross, the longer piece become the bottom vertical part of the cross. You will require a cake board at least 15x20" (advice I didn't follow myself ). Ok, let's see if I added the photo properly...
how did you do the 3 flowers on top of the cake?
The three lilies are gumpaste, cut with the help of the Wilton Flower Making set. They were only my second attempt with lilies (the first set of lilies were too dark pink, I'll use them on someone else's cake )Then I dusted them with some pink petal dust and added spots with the same color petal dust mixed with water. A few nonedible pearl yellow stamens are held in place with some royal icing hidden inside.
The small pink flowers are gumpaste apple blossoms, also with the Wilton set. (Say what you want about the plastic cutters in this set, the book's instructions are worth the price of admission alone.) The purple flowers are royal icing drop flowers of various sizes.
This angle is easier to see all that...
Your cake is beautiful. How many people would you say that would serve? I need a cake to serve 30-35 people.
Would you be willing to share your cake and frosting recipe with me for this cake?