I have a request for a topsy turvy cake, it's my first, thinking everything should be fine.
My only concern is traveling 40 minutes with it in the car.
Heard recommendation somewhere that you should not stack and travel a topsy turvy cake.
But if the cake is constructed properly.. it's just like traveling with regular stacked cake....
Thoughts? Experiences? Recommendations?
I've done it both ways. One that had to travel over an hour and was mostly buttercream, I packed the layers separately and assembled it when I got to the venue. Another one that was all fondant, the customer didn't want to pay delivery, and it only had to travel about 25 minutes, so I supported it real well and let them take it. They sent me pics from the party, and the cake arrived fine.
As long as you stack it well and make sure you put a long dowel rod through both tiers, you should be fine. I've traveled with them and they did just fine. When people pick up mad hatters( or any other stacked cake)I always tell them to drive nicely, because once it leaves me, it's theirs... that usually scares them enough.
I agree with the others, make sure you use the center dowel or sps. I find that putting them on a large (oversized), heavy base helps them not to tip over. The small ones tend to tip the most! Having them boxed in a box that fits the base exactly helps also. What I have been doing recently is buying 2x4' sheets of foam insulation at Home Depot - 1" or 3/4" thick. Then I hot glue a masonite board and cut around that with a serrated knife. Then I cover with fondant or paper and ribbon the edge. The masonite is the bottom, foam on top. When I center dowel, the dowel goes right thru into the insulation.
HTH and good luck.
Ok... center doweling then.. I've used dowels, but only to support the next layer, and I've never had to go more than 3 short tiers and I've never had a problem. I will travel wtih 2 tiers stacked and place the 3rd on when I get there.
I typically stack using cardboard, cake, dowels, cardboard, cake dowels. Do you precut a hole in the center of the cardboard to get it in? Or does it just "magically" go through when pounded?
Toptier.. GREAT idea with the foam.
toptier....huh? sorry, i dont get it. if the fondant covers the board and insulation, wont it fold?
When I run a dowel thru several layers of cake and cardboard, I first use a pencil sharpener to give the dowel a point. I then use a hammer to tap it thru the cardboard layers.
I'm new to this website and have made only one topsy turvy cake. I followed the instructions that I printed out online. It turned out great! Very cute. I put it in the back of my explorer thinking the flat area of the vehicle would be better. It fell over as I was driving to the event I had made it for. I ended up buying a cake at the grocery store! I would recommend assembling your cake when you get there which is what I'm going to do next time.