Dana674 Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 10:40pm

I just made my second topsy turvey failed again....The cakes just fall apart. I have used dowels and straws....I think my cake is to moist. Could someone send me a cake recipe for a topsy turvey cake. I'm very determine to make this work.
Thx

6 replies
Unlimited Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 1:38am

Sorry it failed. You should be able to make it with any kind of cake. How many dowels did you use? Also, if you could post a pic that shows what it looked like afterwards it would be helpful in diagnosing the potential problem(s).

leah_s Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 1:45am

bc or fondant?
wedge or carve out method?
how many dowels?
diameters of the tiers?

ALL things we need to know.

TexasSugar Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 6:18pm

Do you use any kind of filling?

KHalstead Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 6:30pm

I have made a TON of topsy turvy cakes and the only time I've had ANY problems was when there wasn't enough difference between the sizes of the tiers. I tell people there has to be at least 3" difference.......I prefer 4"+ size difference personally.....this way you guarantee you have enough of a ledge and the cake doesn't want to just break way on the sides.


Another important thing is (if you do the carve a hole in the bottom cake, insert top cake method) make sure that your hole is big enough that the top cake literally isn't touching any part of the hole, just enough of a gap between the 2 cakes that there is NO pressure on that bottom cake from the top cake, THAT will cause problems too. 9 times out of 10 people like the big funky fondant ball borders which are EASY to hide the gap with. Otherwise, once you stack you can pipe a little extra icing to fill the gap and smooth it into the rest of the cake.

Monirr04 Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 7:05pm

I'm just following this thread because i am bound and determined to make a topsy turvy cake in my near future! Thanks for the tidbits of info and tips Kahlstead!

Aeropanda Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 7:25pm

I have done the "whole in the cake" method, but that was my only topsy turvy. Is the wedge method any better? I'm like Monirr04, I want to do more and get better at this form for a cake!

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