I can't believe someone asked me to do a Spiral staircase cake. They want it to have 6 steps that wind around. The back doesn't have to be open. I haven't got a clue how to do this or if it can even be done.
If they dont' care if the back is open, you can stack square/rectangle cakes that are flush in back ... then just cut the fronts down to make the angled steps.
I'm not quite understanding, if I lined the backs up how would it spiral?
Sorry I forgot they want each step to be 2" high. So I know I need 6 layers of cake. I personally don't think it will look much like steps with the back not open, but I don't think that would be possible at all.
Ask Doug. He knows everything. He's my hero.
Gosh, I hope Doug pops in here. I can visualize it .....
It's kinda like if you set up square cakes that are slightly askew .. like in these pics:
only instead of setting the cakes askew, you'd have to cut away some of the front of the cake to create the spiraling steps.
Doug ... you're so much better at explaining these things!
I'm not sure I can be of much help, because my skills are pretty basic. But, when I did my piano keyboard cake I cut 2 spirals into the cakes. All I was going to offer was to make sure the cake is at least partially frozen. It made it much easier.
this may help...
you only need to bake FOUR (4) layers!!
then cut and stack as indicated in the diagram.
viola! a spiral, 6 step cake.... and cake balls too! (well that or your "baking fee" as in "what leftover cake?" -- mumbled w/ partially full mouth while brushing crumbs off mouth and clothes)
and FYI --- this took both MS Publisher and Excel to do -- Excel's chart function providing the little pie graphs!
wow! This sounds like a really large cake....you are definitely going to have to have a board for every 2 layers you have.... This would end up being like a 12-14" cake! you are definitely going to need a center dowel and I am thinking you would use round style cake instead of square.
I think you are going to have to do this topsy turvy style. Like the style cakes with the wedges in it instead of the whole cake being at a slant by carving it. I don't know how to explain it or where to go from there...yes, I too am thinking that you should PM Doug. He is the MASTER at construction!
this sounds like a very large under taking! Good luck and please let us know how it goes! Direct Doug to the thread so that we can all see his idea!
I also did a spiraling cake. Let me know if this design is what you mean... all you would need to do is add stairs to the design, either by cutting into the cake to make the stairs or by adding gum paste stairs after.
I have some pictures that I took while I was sculpting the cake. Let me know if you want them.
Doug, that awesome!!! I'll definitely keep that design in mind!
So that's more of what you were thinking, I'll bet!
Berecca...that is what "I" was thinking!
and now I see that Doug beat me to the punch! you are AWESOME Doug!!
Thanks Doug, I'll have to try that myself!
Doug, you are freakin' amazing!!!!
I love your graph on the "how do i construct this" and now this.
Thanks everyone for the great ideas.
Thanks Doug for all the work making the pie charts you are awesome and really quick too
Berecca - Your cake is sooo cute. I love it. I would love to know how you did it. firstname.lastname@example.org if you wouldn't mind sending the pics.
I will definitely post pics when it's done. It won't be until the end of May, but I wanted to start early on this design so I don't get behind the curve on this on.
Wow what a great idea on the staircase, Doug you sound like you are the man to keep in mind when I need cake help!!
I have a question. My fiance's idea is to have a 1 tier wedding cake with spiral staircases on each side of the tower. The bride and groom meet at the top and a set of wedding bands at the top also. The sprial staircase will have mini cupcakes and the tower itself will have regular cupcakes. Do you know or have ever heard of this idea and if so, who can I ask or what website can I go to? Your help would be greatly appreciated!
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obviously i'm not doug--and who knows he may have already emailed you--i'm just advising that he has not posted on here in over two years so if you do not hear from him that might be why.