Offset Square Present Cake?

Decorating By emlashlee Updated 12 Nov 2009 , 3:57am by emlashlee

emlashlee Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 11:31pm
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A customer requested a present cake and she wants it offset with cascading bow ribbons down the sides. Do you think this will look good, or should I steer her towards a regular stacked present cake? Thanks!!!

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indydebi Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 12:02am
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When you say "offset" do you you mean "slightly askew", like a winding stairway, like this cake: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1199535

Or do you mean square-diamond-square set-up, like this cake: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=570903

I love the "slightly askew" set up. You are limited in the square-diamond-square set up because of the overhang. On a slightly-askew cake, you can stack a 6/8/10/12. But you can't use those cakes sizes in a square-diamond-square set up ..... a 10" cake is 10" from side to side, but it's 14" from corner to corner, so it wont' sit on a 12" cake. But they WILL fit when set slightly-askew.

Whichever way you choose to go, stack your pans on top of each other to make sure they fit ok. WIth the square-diamond-square set-up, she might have to have bigger cakes because of the overhang thing.

jammjenks Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 12:22am
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I did this one. It may not be completely off-set, but the top one is. Can you visualize a different bow on top with the cascading ribbons? I think it would look nice.
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BakingGirl Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 12:25am
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Or did you mean where the cakes are pushed back so that you get one corner where all the tiers line up flush, so that you end up with a "stair case" effect on the front of the cake? I really like this look, it looks really modern to me. I could not find an example with square cakes but here is an oval cake which demonstrates what I mean: (not my cake just so that is clarified.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1486398

emlashlee Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 3:57am
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Indydebi - You brought up some excellent points! The customer wants an 8" and 6" square cake. I never thought about the difference in corner-to-corner length. Gah! I might have to push it back like BakingGirl suggested. That way it still looks a little "different" than normal. Jammjenks - thanks for the visual. I think it would look nice.

Thanks a LOT for your help!!!

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