Tutorial: One Cut Topsy Turvey

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arnab Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 1:09am
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A technique learned from a book by Lindy Smith, âCakes to inspire and Desireâ. This is how I made it. You will need a 4â deep cake, a 3â will work but the final result will be flatter. If you do not have a 4â deep mold you can put a parchment paper collar to the mold and fill it up about 1 inch more than usual. This technique works better with a refrigerated cake. Also you will need Fondant, Buttercream, and a turn table. Here are some tools you will need too.



The first toothpick is positioned at a 45° angle at half of a centimeter to 1 centimeter from the top.


Following the measurings guidelines below, insert toothpicks around the cake. This will give you a more acurate way to cut. One for the lowest point across from the 45 angle one and two more at the midway point on the sides of the cake

For a 10 x 4 inch Cake the lowest point will be 1.5 inches and the midway 2 ¼ inches measure from the bottom to top. For a 6x4 inch The LP will be 2 inches and the MP 2.5 inches

This is how the cake should look after all the toothpicks are positioned. Four total, one angle, one low point, two midpoint. With a serrated knife proceed to cut diagonally following the toothpicks as guidelines.


You will end up with two pieces. Apply buttercream to the top of the bottom piece of cake and slide the top turning it 160 degrees. Tall side to tall sidde and short to short.




Apply a thin layer of buttercream.


Cover with Fondant and smooth it.

Cut the excess fondant.


The final product. I keep the bottom tier straight for support. I use an acrylic base between the bottom two tiers and plastic dowels cut to size between the first and second tier. Good Luck.


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arnab Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 1:12am
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Chicas perdonen que esta en ingles pero es para que todo el mundo lo pueda entender. Si tienen dudas dejenme saber y con gusto les trato de ayudar.

LOYILAW Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 1:35am
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biviana Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 1:36am
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super. muchas gracias.

cavette Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 2:13am
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Thanks for making the great tutorial I'm going to try to make one Saturday for my son's birthday! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif

roxie08 Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 3:44am
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gracias siempre me preguntaba como es que hace ese bicochos asi adonde crees que pueda conseguir ese libro.

ceshell Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 7:37am
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OMG I never thought I'd find another use for my old high school protractor!! LOL. Thanks for the tutorial, this is great.

TandTHarrell Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 7:52am
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thanks for sharing

mandi1613 Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 11:24am
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thanks for the tutorial i will definately be using this!!

Jennyivette Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 11:55am
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Muchas gracias por compartir tus conocimientos, que Dios te lo multiplique en bendiciones para ti y los tuyos thumbs_up.gif

newnancy Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 11:59am
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Thanks, you make it sound so simple. I will definetly be trying this method.

lainalee Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 12:00pm
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Thanks for sharing, gotta try one! icon_smile.gif Love your Spongebob cake.

jessfmaldonado Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 12:21pm
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This is the type of topsy turvy that I like!!! Thanks so much for this, I just have to try it now!!!

Jessica thumbs_up.gif

Suzycakes Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 12:23pm
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Looks much less intimidating than the other instructions I've read. I am really wanting to try a TT cake - maybe this would be a great way to try my first!

Thanks for your time and tutorial!


ANASDELICES Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 1:48pm
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gracias amiga un dia de estos lo trato!!!thanks again thumbs_up.gif

ELGORDO Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 3:22pm
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gracias por compartir amiguita thumbs_up.gif

licia Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 3:39pm
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Wow, that was a great tutorial for a topsy turvy cake.

farmom3 Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 3:42pm
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thank you so so much

CakeDesigns Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 3:53pm
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Arnab, lo que no entendí fue como los montastes. Dices que usastes una base en acrílico para los 2 cakes de abajo y palitos para montar el tercero???

Yo tengo ese libro y ella no hace el hoyo para montar los cakes uno encima del otro. Me llama mucho la atención como ella los monta, pero me da mucho miedo que los cakes se vayan a resbalar.

Amia Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 4:21pm
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That looks SO much easier than the other way! TFS! Maybe now I'll find the courage to attempt a TT.

poshcakedesigns Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 4:43pm
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Thanks for the great instructions!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Aitza Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:00pm
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Me parece menos complicado que otros tutorials que he visto!
Nunca lo he hecho!! A ver si ahora un dia de estos me animo a tratarlo con este tutorial!!
Thanks so much!!

arnab Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:09pm
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Cake Designs, Este es el equipo que utilizo para el montaje. La base de acrilico que ves se puede sustituir por dowels de los mismos del tope pero el corte debe ser derecho no en diagonal como para el de arriba. Cada cake tiene una base de carton. Si te da miedo aun asi le puedes pones un pedazo de una malla plastica que se vende en Wal- mart o k-mart que se usa para ponerle a los gabinetes ens como un foam enrrejillado. Esto ayuda a que noresbale. Tambien venden algo parecido para las alfombras y se puede utilizar. Otra cosa es que estos cakes yo los monto en el lugar de destino. No los transporto montados. Es bien importante que los dowels seal plasticos y fuertes pues los de madera si son los palitos de pincho con el peso se parten. O de madera bien gordos o de plastico. Espero que te haya aclarado tu duda.


cocobean Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:20pm
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arnab, I am not getting something. Usually with pictures I do a lot better understanding. But, once you make the cut it seems like you should be frosting a raw cut angled top. icon_confused.gif What is that angled top you are putting back on that makes a nice finish to frost? I'm not getting it. Hope I can get it. I'm going to try and do a whimsical this weekend for my 6 year old! Do you mind working with me a little here? Thanks! I hate it when everyone else is getting it! icon_confused.gif

jmpearl Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:23pm
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That looks easy enough to try, thanks for sharing!

arnab Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:28pm
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Hi cocobean.

Once you cut it you end with two pieces that will be put together again. The bigest of them will carry the icing on top. Then you put the other smaller part on top. You just rotate it so the thinner parts will match. There is no waste cake with this technique. Hope this help.

dragonsanddaffodils Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:36pm
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That is really good. Love the finished cake too!

cocobean Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:38pm
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Ohhhhhhh, o.k. I don't think I realized you were ROTATING the top cut piece and putting it back on. I get it!!! Thank you sooo much. That makes sense. I don't think I thought about doing that when I was just trying to figure it out in my head. Can't wait to try it!

just_for_fun Posted 3 Sep 2008 , 5:40pm
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What do you use to support the top layer?

eta: just went back and reread, sorry. Thanx so much for sharing!!

awiscar Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 3:24am
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Arnab se ve muy facil como lo cortas y queda bien desnivelado. Lo que no entiendo son las mesitas para el montaje las patas son todas iguales icon_eek.gif , para estos cakes venden unas especiales, te funcionan bien esas?

Gracias por sacar de tu tiempo para enseñarnos thumbs_up.gif

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