llj68 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:03pm
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that I did on the 4th of July. I posted about this in the "Cake Disasters" forum.

However, the one thing I am really happy about with this cake was that I learned a new technique on torting. It was a BREEZE and the layers are straighter than I have ever had to make them.

Don't laugh--I had SUCH big plans for this cake--darn that "stabilized" whipped cream anyway. It at least tasted good--actually, it was excellent. I served the individua slices of it with the fresh berries I had planned on garnishing/decorating with. Yummy! Very light and tasty.

Lisa
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briansbaker Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:12pm
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that is perfect. thumbs_up.gif I tried my hand at that design and let me tell you.. Torting small layers is NOT easy. I think I had like four layers. Could not get them to torte perfectly! Please share this with us all.
" learned a new technique on torting "..

crp7 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:17pm
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The layers look great! I would also like to know what you learned about torting and how did you do the blue part?

Cindy

llj68 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:24pm
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My new "technique" was actually dh's idea. I started to torte the layers with my bread knife--as per usual. He walked into the kitchen and said "hold on", walked out and came back with (of all things) fishing line! LOL! It worked like a charm and was soooooo easy to keep it relatively straight.

I had heard of using dental floss before but it never seemed to work well for me. The fishing line was the bomb! Thanks to dh, I now have a roll of it in my cake "tackle box". icon_biggrin.gif

Lisa

bjfranco Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:32pm
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I cannot image making that many layers. Looks great!

My mom always made caked when I was growing up and she always used and still does a piece of thread to torte the cakes. She laughed at my $20 torte blade. icon_lol.gif

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gma1956 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 2:54pm
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I LOVE THIS --- Where did you see this or did you come up with the idea yourself? I think you did excellent -- when I read the topic I thought it would be a flat cake the flag made with icing. My mouth dropped open when I saw the picture. icon_surprised.gif I want to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

traci Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:03pm
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The layers in your cake look great! The cake does look delicious too! Anyway, I never thought of using fishing line...but I am sure going to try it! Thanks for the story. icon_smile.gif
traci

ntertayneme Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:07pm
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I love all the layers!!! How on earth did you do the blue section... I think the blue and all the red layers look awesome!

briansbaker Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:08pm
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I learned alot making a cake like this. I got the idea from here. Someone had made one and thought what the heck I will try it. Here is mine. I made a 9" round yellow cake mix added blue dye. then I made 2 more 9" round cakes (yellow cake mix and added red dye). I then cut down the 9 inch round blue cake down to I believe 5 or 6". then I torted my red ones and before I filled I stacked them all together. Then when I added the blue cake on top it was smaller. I used a knife and carved where it would go in the center of my red cake. I removed a whole section of the red cake. Basically when I was all done I torted, filled and just set the blue down to fit into the center of the red cake only going down two layers. I hope I explained this good enough. Try it! It was fun and my whole family loved it!
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PolishMommy Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:11pm

Your cake looks great! No laughing here!!! I know you had big plans for the decorations, but the inside is decoration enough! I'm sure everyone was delighted and serving it with the berries is a great idea! I'm sure it was an awesome learning experience, too...

What flavor cake did you use for the red cake? Also, what kind and about how much food coloring did you use? Thanks in advance!

gma1956 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:18pm

Great Job briansbaker and yes you did a good job explaining it. I had already been thinking about it and had decided that was how it was done. What is on top of your cake, berries?

gma1956 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:23pm

I agree with PolishMommy llj68 I don't think it needed and other decorations. I like it just the way it is. You think this is a disaster. I wish I had taken pictures of some of my disasters so I could show you a real disaster. I guess we are all more critical of our own cakes than others though. I have a cake slicer my mother got me 15 years ago that has a wire for the blade -- I just love it and tort every thing I do, almost. it suprises people to get a 13X9 cake with a filling. Most people have never seen this before and ask "How did you do that?" I just smile and say my secret - it keeps them coming back to me.... icon_wink.gif

briansbaker Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:24pm

actually no. I could not find my grass tip so I just used a star tip. That is suppose to be fireworks exploding..LOL your right looks like berries..LMAO

Misska21 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 3:50pm

I think it looks great! Good job!

Jess

llj68 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 5:11pm
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I agree with PolishMommy llj68 I don't think it needed and other decorations. I like it just the way it is. You think this is a disaster. I wish I had taken pictures of some of my disasters so I could show you a real disaster. I guess we are all more critical of our own cakes than others though. I have a cake slicer my mother got me 15 years ago that has a wire for the blade -- I just love it and tort every thing I do, almost. it suprises people to get a 13X9 cake with a filling. Most people have never seen this before and ask "How did you do that?" I just smile and say my secret - it keeps them coming back to me.... icon_wink.gif




Now that I see how easy it is with fishing line--I'm not going to buy the torter. I've had that in my basket at JoAnne's SO many times and just can't bring myself to actually buy it! I think it's a great idea to torte "regular" cakes for customers as a surprise. I never really thought about it. Gonna have to try that one.

Lisa

llj68 Posted 13 Jul 2005 , 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by gma1956

I LOVE THIS --- Where did you see this or did you come up with the idea yourself? I think you did excellent -- when I read the topic I thought it would be a flat cake the flag made with icing. My mouth dropped open when I saw the picture. icon_surprised.gif I want to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Actually, the way I made mine sounds just a bit easier than the way Briansbaker made hers.

I made enough batter for a 6" layer and 2-10" round layers out of butter cake. I removed enough of the batter for the 6" pan and tinted that blue. I tinted the rest of the batter red for the 10" cakes. I didn't go "really" red because I only had Wilton red and didn't want to ruin the flavor of the cake.

I baked them off, cooled them completely and then torted the red layers into 3 and 4 (for the 7 red stripes). Side note: My dh has a "thing" about flags and told me that unless I was going to try and make it as realistic as possible--not to do it. So I was really going to have to go for the 7 layers (hence the fishing line trick.).

After the layers were torted, I cut a 6" circle out of 3 of the red layers. I layerd and filled them with the whipped cream putting the 3 "doughnug" layers on top. I then lightly iced the blue cake on the bottom and sides and dropped it inot the hole that was made for it.

I wanted to ice the sides and top with whipped cream, pipe rosettes around the edges and fill the center with the berries. That was my plan that didn't come to fruition. I also had wanted to layer thin-sliced strawberries on top of each white layer (I got that idea from somebody on CC--can't remember who off hand). That' didn't happen, either.

I will definately make this again and I"m probably going to try and put white stars in the blue layer to make it a bit more authentic looking. I will also use Turtle's toothpick trick to keep my torted layers stacked correctly--I read that one after I had already made this cake.

I'm glad you guys don't think it's quite as horrible as I do--I didn't enter it into the contest, nor did I put it in my personal gallery. I'll do better next time and upload that pic. lol! usaribbon.gif

Lisa

famousamous Posted 14 Jul 2005 , 3:35am

Oh your cake is so cool!!! I have already copyed, pasted, and printed out the directions! Great job!!!

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