I am carving a 10 inch wide 8 inch tall tier of cake into an hour glass shape. It will be inches at the top and 8 inches in the center then back out to 10 inches. How do I do this the easiest way to get it even?
This may sound crazy, but could you just bake several 10" cakes and several 8" cakes and get the hour glass shape when you stack them? (ie. 10" base, then 8" center, then 10" top) I'm sure you would have a little fine tuning to do with the shape, but it would start out the correct dimensions and should be easier to "shave" to smooth edges. Another advantage is less cake wasted when carving. HTH
I was thinking the same thing. stack your 10" then 8" then 10" then carve the 10" layers so they are rounded a bit so they look like a hourglass.