Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:09am
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I am so nervous... I have a very large order this week and that doesn't bother me, but it includes a 3 tier topsy turvy that is only 8", 6", and 4". I have never made a 3 tier TT and I just know I am going to screw this up. icon_cry.gif The 2 tier that I made was not pretty. icon_confused.gif Now, I've learned a few things since that one, but I am so scared. I really want this one to turn out well because it's going to be a super public event in a big city (lots of great advertisement) and I really like this customer. And honestly I love how TT's look when they're well done so I want to figure out how to do them 'right'.

Ok, I'm done whining, I just had to get that out. icon_redface.gif

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annacakes Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:15am
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Yer gonna be fine!

tonedna Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:17am
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What you need girl!...I know you can do it!!!
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

jlynnw Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:20am
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here you are, I thought you were lost! you can do this cake and you know you can do this cake. Take a deep breath and what would the cake goddess of all goddess do. Then realize that you are that goddess and go get it done. I know that you can do it. I am so proud of you for even thinking about doing this order!

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:21am
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I really really like Lindy Smith's way of doing TT over the way that the tutorial has on here - now, I've only made one, but I thought it was pretty easy and the tutorial seems really difficult.

If you can/have time, try to check out her book (the newest one, with the TT on the front cover).

Good luck girl - I know you can do it!!!!!

aquamom Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:27am
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What I have noticed is that when I have to do something big--I get so nervous that I almost talk myself out of it and then I go ahead and do it and it turns out better than what I imagined.

YOU CAN DO THIS. The nerves are just your way of telling you that you are very close to the dream.

Faerieluna Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:28am
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I looked at your cake pictures and they are INCREDIBLE.
I have a hard time imagining how anyone with such talent would question their ability to do ANY type of cake. I have no doubt you can do it!

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:42am
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Aw thanks you guys. I don't know why I have myself so psyched out on this one. I just haven't really successfully done one of these, so I feel like a newbie. I know that all I can do is try my best and hope the cake Gods are with me.

The good news is that I feel a little more confident about the new way I've found of doing them. I tried it the way they do it on the tutorial here and it was a nightmare. I'm going to try it the way that you stack layers like normal, then carve the topsyness. I'm hopeful that will work better for me.

*sigh* Deep breath... just let yourself go... do what comes natural. icon_lol.gif

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:44am
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That is how Lindy Smith does it in her book - she gives you the angles at which to cut the cakes so that they sit straight but look crooked - hope that makes sense!

It is so much easier that way!!

aquamom Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:54am

You will be brilliant. Just post the pictures please!!!

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:55am

Ok... since I am doing this tomorrow and live 45 miles out into the country (No Barnes & Noble down the street) would anyone that has the Lindy book be willing to scan it and send it to me? I promise I will do the honest thing and buy the book this weekend with the cha-ching I make on this cake. It's not like I want to screw them out of a purchase! icon_redface.gif I just don't have time to get it before I need to do it. And I think that would really help me!!

ETA: I don't mean scan the whole book... just like a few key drawings or something. Hahahaha. NO someone should stay up all night scanning the whole book for me! icon_lol.gif

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:01am

If anyone is willing to do that (I'm going to bed now because my baby gets up at butt crack dawn) they can send it to me at my home addy... echo at netins . net

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:07am

last time i tried to use my printer/scanner it wouldn't work, but I will try it again and send it to you, its just a couple pages.

Carson Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:12am

Ok, I'm such a newbie at TT cakes too! I too have been scared to try. I have to get that book! The only problem is my nearest possible is 2 hrs away...guess I could suck it up and order it from the net somewhere...gone to look now!

Don't worry Mel - I always psych myself out before I do a cake that challenges me and I have so far been pleased with the outcome. You will do fine, just get this first one under your belt and all will be well!

Carson Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:14am
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

here you are, I thought you were lost!




Hehehe, see, when you don't post in the laundry thread for a while we come hunting you down!

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:15am

oh oh oh!!! I just checked on Amazon.com and you can actually look inside that book and the pages for the carving/stacking etc with the angles are in there - they are on pages 19 and 20! I'm so excited I could help!! yea!!

I still suggest you get the book b/c I think it rocks! that's just me!

Carson Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:20am
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Originally Posted by janelwaters

oh oh oh!!! I just checked on Amazon.com and you can actually look inside that book and the pages for the carving/stacking etc with the angles are in there - they are on pages 19 and 20! I'm so excited I could help!! yea!!

I still suggest you get the book b/c I think it rocks! that's just me!




Yay! Thanks Janel...I will still get the book as I am always looking for one that rocks! You just saved someone from a lot of scanning time!

chefjulie Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:33am

Just dont flip back and forth between the pages too much! They have a limit on how much you can look without buying icon_smile.gif
Learned this the hard way icon_wink.gif

pastryjen Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:34am

I can't wait to see your cake, Melvira!

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 12:01pm

Hmmm... I checked it out and it didn't seem that helpful. I think that utube video that someone posted recently was quite helpful. Lindy's doesn't say what she does about cutting out the center... does she do that? Or how does she stack them?

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 12:19pm

She doesn't cut the hole - she uses dowels to support - the angles that she cuts are not that severe and the cakes sit really well. its how i did the one in my gallery - it was my first and so far only, but I thought it was really easy.

pattycakesnj Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 12:39pm

I found great directions on the internet for the TT cake at a site called eG forums. It runs about 20 pages but it is easy to follow and he posts pictures too. Try www. forums.egullet.org and search demo tt cake, good luck

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:19pm

My bggest freak out over this cake is that I have to drive it 70-80 mnutes on back highways. (curvy, etc.) I know these cakes you pretty much assemble while decorating, so I'm scared as to how I will transport it and whether it will live through it. icon_rolleyes.gif I'm just being a chicken butt.

I'll check that out pattycakesne, thank you!

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:22pm

I just hate the thought of carving that hole - seems really hard to me and the possiblity of screwing that up - SCARY!!

mine was really stable and I had to drive it about 30 mins away and it didn't budge.

Good luck - I know it will be AWESOME! You ROCK!!

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:26pm

Thank you! I appreciate the confidence boost!

I keep searching over on eGullet and can't find the demo?? Can anyone else see it and send a link? Maybe I'm just too tired. Not enough sleep last night, babies up at 5am. thumbsdown.gif

janelwaters Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:32pm

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=71115&pid=969488&st=0

I hope that shows up - if not google this search "egullet topsy turvey"

StaceyC3 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:47pm

Melvira - could you point the way to the youtube video that you said was helpful? I'm dying to know the "other" way of making a TT!!! I'm searching youtube but can't seem to land on the right video! Thanks, and good luck to you icon_smile.gif

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:47pm

Ahhhhh, there it is! Thank you! I didn't put the 'E' in turvy. That's probably why I couldn't find it. Let me go read now! Thanks again!

Melvira Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:50pm

Haaha! That's the same tutorial as we have here on CC!! But thank you for pointing it out, I appreciate it.

The utube vid... the problem there is that I don't recall who made it so I'm not sure where it is. Let me look around!

Lidunka25 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:05pm

Melvira this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHY_F53ClJ8

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