First Cake Ever!!! Help!!

Decorating By princesscatt Updated 2 Aug 2009 , 12:54am by JanH

princesscatt Posted 2 Aug 2009 , 12:18am
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Ok, so I was asked to make a cake for my friends 30th party...I've never made a big cake before or used fondant...HELP She wants a three tiered red velvet cake, white fondant with black and hot pink polka dots and one layer with fondant martini glasses...

How much do I charge?
where do I get the fondant and gumpaste?
When do I make the cake so it's at it's freshest?
Do I need to dowel the cake and if so where do I get the dowels??
How do i determine what size rounds will feed how many?

Am I crazy??? I plan on doing a practice cake with one tier before hand so I can get a feel for the fondant...any advice is greatly appreciated..

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Rylan Posted 2 Aug 2009 , 12:47am
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How much do I charge?

-Depends. There are so many factors that will affect that. Are you going to use a box mix? Scratch? Ready made fondant? Scratch? Filling? How tall the tiers are?

where do I get the fondant and gumpaste?

-Make a research. You can make them, buy them online or buy them at cake decorating store nearby (if any). I prefer you try Satin Ice just to familiarize yourself with the consistency of fondant.

When do I make the cake so it's at it's freshest?

-I personally prefer to start decorating 2 days before the event at the most.

Do I need to dowel the cake and if so where do I get the dowels??

-Yes. You will also need cardboard rounds. You can also use bubble tea straws you can find at Asian grocery stores or wooden/plastic dowels at Michaels. If you have a cake decorating store nearby, check them out.

How do i determine what size rounds will feed how many?

-There is a chart in here somewhere. Check the Wilton website.

**I suggest you do your homework and research. There is a search section in here. http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-forums-search.html

JanH Posted 2 Aug 2009 , 12:54am
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Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered/stacked/layer cakes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605188-.html

Above superthread has popular CC recipes for American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and flavor variations) - and so much more.

For RV cake recipe, I recommend blakescakes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7573-Red-Velvet-Redux--Easy--Durable.html

HTH

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