I want to make a cake that looks like a salad in a bowl...anything I should know to help get the bowl carved just right...I want it to look like a big soup bowl shape
I would stack (for sake of explaining, you can adjust these sizes if you need to) a 10, 9, and 8 inch cake layers. After you fill, carve them so the layers are smooth and look like an upside down bowl. Then place a cake board on the top and flip it over. Now the 10 inch is on the top with the 8 on the bottom. That's how some topsy turvy cakes are done. Carve a small amount into the top of the cake to give yourself a little dip to put the greens in. Ice and cover in fondant if you plan on using fondant.
I tried it before, but mine sank and didn't look much like a bowl when I was done. I used WASC and didn't use any dowels, and I think with the fondant details and the heavy marzipan fruit I piled on the top, it was just too much weight on the cake. If I ever try it again, I'll use a board and dowels to support the top layer and whatever I put in the bowl.
Depending on how big you want your bowl, you could use the Wilton ball pan and just cut it off to your desired height. For a bigger bowl, use the 10 inch, then use the Wilton 1/2 soccer ball pan and stack that on top. Then carve and flip, as suggested by Rose N Crantz...Yes, just make sure to use cakeboards and dowels between cakes or it will sink!
This is ironic! I made a bowl of red beans and rice yesterday and did not think about a board and dowels for the top layer. Of course, when I finished decorating it, it started to lean. Thank goodness the lady I made it for didn't mind. I did not have time to start over. I should have asked all of you first how to do it LOL. Live and Learn!
Thanks for the ideas, I didn"t think of a board for the top layer or even using 3 different size pans. I better do a practice run!!