Stacking Cakes

Decorating By scionmom Updated 8 Dec 2009 , 1:21am by prterrell

scionmom Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 7:59pm
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I just have a quick question... I am making a 3 or 4 tier (planned on being 3 tiers but needed more servings) Christmas cake. I had planned on using a 12-inch square, 11-inch round and 8-inch square, well that didnt make enough for what I needed so I was wondering if I could add and 11x15 sheet to the bottom and it be ok? I am worried that because of the size difference it might topple. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated ASAP... Thank you!

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cakedout Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 8:19pm
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ummmm.....a 12" square cake is gonna be wider than a 11x15 sheet and will look silly. Why not just have the sheet cake 'on the side'?

Or make 2 sheet cakes and cut a 16x16 square from them for the bottom?

prterrell Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 8:19pm
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No, you can not use an 11x15 sheet on the bottom, because it will be smaller than the 12" square sitting on top of it.

scionmom Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 8:29pm
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That is what I was thinking... What if I did 12 square, 11 round, 10 square, and 8 round. I know that it will stick out on some of the corners, but I am going to have them look like wrapped presents so a little overlapping wont be that bad because I am putting some 'ornaments' to fill in the voided spots. Is this gonna work... or am I just nutz?

prterrell Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 1:00am
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How many people are you needing to serve?

scionmom Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 1:23pm
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I have to server 175... a small army more or less... LOL.

prterrell Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 9:54pm
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Are you committed to doing alternating square and rounds, or is any mix of square and round okay? If so, here's what I'd recommend (# of servings reflect a 1"x2"x4" sized serving):

12" square (72)
10" square (50)
8" round (25)
4" square (icon_cool.gif
Total servings: 155


12" square (72)
10" square (50)
9" round (30)
Total servings: 152

Since you are deco'ing them to look like packages, if you have an oval shaped pan, you could do the following:

11"x15" (82)
13x9.875 oval (45)
7" round (1icon_cool.gif (offset)
4" square (icon_cool.gif
Total servings: 153

I think that would look really cool! Offsetting the round on the oval, would give you extra space on the oval to write, or do figures/ornaments, bows or something.


scionmom Posted 6 Dec 2009 , 2:05am
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Committed?? I think i need to be after saying i would do this... lol. Thank you so much, I had actually thought about the oval but couldnt really picture it but the way you described it sounds perfect!!! I will try and see what I can come up with. Again thank you so much for your help!

prterrell Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 1:21am
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Ooops! I just saw that the number you wrote is 175, not 150. Not sure how I read that wrong!

Lemme fix that!

14" square ( 98 )
10" square ( 50 )
8" round ( 25 )
4" square ( 8 )
Total servings: 181


14" square ( 98 )
12" round ( 56 )
7" square ( 24 )
Total servings: 178

12"x18" ( 108 )
13x9.875 oval ( 45 )
7" round ( 18 ) (offset)
4" square ( 8 )
Total servings: 179

There you go!

Glad you like the mixed shapes w/ the oval and the offset tiers idea. I really think that will look the best of the lot! Can't wait to see your finished cake!

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