Ok..so I am doing a topsy turvy. I carved the top of my bottom layer to match up with 2nd of the bottom layer.
Well...then, like an idiot I went and carved it down further....
So...I now have a 2nd layer cake with a 10" bottom that is supposed to fit into a 12" hole!
What do you recommend!?!
Anyone!?! I really do need help on this...
Well that's one reason I don't use that method of making those cakes.
Do you have cake scraps? Make a paste of cake crumbs and icing to fill in the excess of the hole.
Having never done a TT, I am not going to be much help. I just didn't want to be one more person to read and not respond. What does the design look like? Is there any way you can put fondant balls for a border and do a couple rows of them? Fill in the gap with icing maybe?
I would put the cake on there. Make sure it is doweled well then smooth/fill as best as possible with bc. I would then add a larger decorative border to camoflage. I don't know the design of the cake, but that is the best I can come up with.
I would fill it in with cake scraps or even better, Toba Garret's cake spackle. It's a paste of cake crumbs, filling - e.g. jam, ganache - and frosting. The spackle should be firm but spreadable, like cold oatmeal. It sounds gross but it's yummy! Tastes like unfrosted cake balls. Use it to fill in the gap between the upper tier and the hole. Chill the stacked cakes until firm enough to work with. Your dowels should keep the stack stable.
I would suggest the same as kakeladi did...then, with your b/c, run a 'tube' border around the area and smooth it with a small angled spatula...if it's a crusting b/c...use the Viva method on it to finish smoothing the 'patch' job...if it's a non-crusting, chill the entired cake, then use the small angled spatula to scrape smooth the 'patch' job. Good luck!
Thanks for the help. The cake paste would have been a great idea, but I didn't do it. b/c I just got back on the comp after decorating.
What I did do....(not really a fix). I draped the fondant over the gaps, and didn't emphasis the hole. I am hoping that without the emphasis it won't be noticable.
Also, I am thinking I will use some large border in the end.
Kakeladi...what method do you use? This is all I have ever done, because I am too spooked just stacking w/o the divets.
I've only made (I think it was) 2 TT cakes. One was w/the cut out as you did. It fell The next one I just tapered the tiers and tilted the top only.
It's in my photos.
If you were able to cover it, as long as the gap doesn't make it less stable, I'm sure it's fine.
I would take a piping bag and fill the hole and smooth it down....As long as the cake is well supported and lying on a flat surface, it should be ok.
Kakeladi...what made it fall!?!
Mine is all assembled and looks pretty good so far. I used SugarShack's method of stacking. So, I used something like 8-11 straws to support the bottom tier plus the cake board. Then on the second tier I used 6 straws and a cake board. Then, I just drove a wooden dowel through the whole thing. I hope it holds!
There is a small gap between tiers 2 and 3...but I think I am just going to use a fondant rope border. This is a funky black and white cake with 'fun' decorations...so anything goes!
Thanks everyone for the help!