Help! I Need A Math Wizard Asap!!

Decorating By PennySue Updated 11 Jul 2009 , 2:18am by Kitagrl

PennySue Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 10:26pm
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Please help me with this. Circumference is 39 1/2" I have 3/4 " fondant stripes to put on. What is the spacing between each stripe???? I have never, ever been good at math. Numbers don't seem to make much sense to me (and I used to work for Disney getting money into theater accounts so they could get their movies on time. Ha Ha!) Anyway, if you can help me I'd really appreciate it!! Thank you, thank you!

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PennySue Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 10:49pm
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Any one, please. I'm not kidding, I just can't figure this out!

FromScratch Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:00pm
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I never measure... I make a "T" and then fill in the quadrants. They don't have to be 100% perfectly spaced, but dividing it into 4 smaller areas makes it easier to visualize by eye.

Lita829 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:04pm
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I might be able to help you but I need some more information. How many stripes do you want to put on the cake? What is the diameter of the cake (8", 9", etc)?

PinkLisa Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:14pm
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I also don't quite understand how you want to place the stripes. I am very good at math but need more information. If you divide the 39 1/2 inch circumference with the 3/4" stripe, you could put 52 1/3 stripes on the cake (with no spaces). How much spacing do you want between each stripe if any?

matthewkyrankelly Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:14pm
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I am a math person, but I would still do this physically. Cut a pieces of paper 39 1/2 inches long. Cut some 3/4 inch strips and start spacing. Start with a strip and end with a space. It'll take ten minutes and you'll have a template for the cake.

Misdawn Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:39pm
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First of all, is the cirumference you are providing including a fully frosted and/ or fondant covered cake? If not, I would add an additional 1/2" to allow for that.

If that is the case (assuming new circumference is 40"), you could do twenty-six 3/4" strips with twenty-seven 3/4" spaces between them. This adds up to a 39.75" circumference. Since there is a 0.25" difference, so you would have to allow for this so that you don't end up with one wider space.

indydebi Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratch

I never measure... I make a "T" and then fill in the quadrants. They don't have to be 100% perfectly spaced, but dividing it into 4 smaller areas makes it easier to visualize by eye.


I'm with this one. I view it as a clock. Start with 12/3/6/9, then start filling in the spaces.

Lita829 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 11:52pm
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Originally Posted by PinkLisa

I also don't quite understand how you want to place the stripes. I am very good at math but need more information. If you divide the 39 1/2 inch circumference with the 3/4" stripe, you could put 52 1/3 stripes on the cake (with no spaces). How much spacing do you want between each stripe if any?




That is the same answer I came up with. It is also the same question I had....how many stripes/spaces do you want to put on the cake?

PennySue Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 2:10am
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You all are wonderful! My DH, who is the resident math wiz came home and figured it out for me in less than 30 seconds. So to answer all the questions, it is a 12" fondant covered cake. The stripes are 3/4" wide going up vertically. The spacing is also 3/4" and it came out perfect. Again, thank you all for coming to my rescue! DH got home before I checked back and we got going on it and finished it. Now for the 8"! Thank you all again and again!

Kitagrl Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 2:18am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Quote:
Originally Posted by FromScratch

I never measure... I make a "T" and then fill in the quadrants. They don't have to be 100% perfectly spaced, but dividing it into 4 smaller areas makes it easier to visualize by eye.

I'm with this one. I view it as a clock. Start with 12/3/6/9, then start filling in the spaces.




Me too. Actually I think when I measure, I actually do worse. haha.

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