Square Cakes - What Is So Scary About Those Devils???

Decorating By Peridot Updated 12 Oct 2009 , 5:06am by sugarMomma

Peridot Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 4:37pm
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I am going to bake a square cake today - just for practice. But I get the feeling from reading some of the posts on this site that square cakes can be a problem.

I am assuming it is not the baking but the decorating that causes the challenge! Can anyone please enlighten me on what is the main culprit when doing a square cake.

I do have SugarShacks' DVD where she shows doing fondant and BC on a square cake - gee she makes it look so darn easy!!!


15 replies
Uniqueask Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 4:54pm
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I personally think as long as you follow her technique, you are good to go, that is what I did, when I did the square cake in my photo, and I had no problems.

whit6 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 5:05pm
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I have no problem covering square cakes in fondant, its when it is just a plain buttercream cake that it is actually harder for me. I find it harder to ice a clean line at the corners than when doing a round cake you just keep going around and you dont have to worry about smooth corners, just one smooth edge at the top.

indydebi Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 5:16pm
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I actually prefer doing square bc-iced cakes. A round cake has to be smoothed all the way around. A square cake has to be smoothed one side at a time! icon_biggrin.gif

I counted up one time and out of 19 consecutive cakes, 15 were square. I LOVE doing square cakes!

Ruth0209 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 5:53pm
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I think the corners are SO hard. Whenever brides say they want square, I smile sweetly, say "Oh, s**t" to myself, and say "Okay, they're so beautiful, aren't they?!"

tracey1970 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:41am
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I find square cakes easier too - fondant or BC. With fondant, I start with the corners, as does Sugarshack in her videos. I think some people struggle with them because they can't always get sharp corners with fondant, in particular.

jlynnw Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:55am
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I think it is a matter of what you believe. You believe it will be hard, you will find it so. Believe you can, and it will be a breeze.

luvmysmoother Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:59am
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I was also hesitant to do square cakes - thought they'd be too much trouble but then for a wedding I HAD to get a square set (bride was insistent on square) I find them to be a pleasure to work with now although yes - if I was trying for sharp perfect corners (esp to match a dummy cake underneath) I'd totally stress out - haven't had to make a dummy yet though...

loulou2 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:02am
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I have a square cake to do in Nov & am already stressing about those 12 corners (it's a 3 tier cake!!), The grooms cake is hexagonal & for some reason not as scary icon_lol.gif

indydebi Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:03am
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

I think it is a matter of what you believe. You believe it will be hard, you will find it so. Believe you can, and it will be a breeze.

"If you believe you can or can't do something .... you're right!" (I think it was said by Henry Ford ... not sure)

cabecakes Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:17am
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There is also a good video on youtube on how to fondant a square cake. The woman sounds Irish or Scottish, not that that has anything to do with it. LOL. She does a fantastic job, and she makes it look so easy.

__Jamie__ Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:50am
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And use two fondant smoothers at the same time. This helps incredibly. And applying the fondant to a well chilled cake as well. Helps me anyways.

madgeowens Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:09am
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I don't know either......I hope I never find out what is suppose to be difficult. So far I have no issues using butter cream or fondant icon_smile.gif maybe dumb luck

sugarMomma Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:42am
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Getting the edges and corners perfectly straight and sharp with BC is what I hate about square cakes. Covering in fondant is easy after watching Sugarshack do it. Isn't she the one with the accent in the You-Tube video?

madgeowens Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 5:00am
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no thats edna

sugarMomma Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 5:06am
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oh that's right, oops, sorry tonedna! I knew it was someone talented on here!

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