It seems like I saw a sped-up version of someone doing this. Do any of you fill, stack and then ice and decorate your cakes? I don't want to try it on a customer's cake, but it seems like it might be a little easier not to mess up your cake, but it might be a bit tricky!
No, never. I always ice then stack. Now I might add decoration after icing that needs to match up or touch the other tier perfectly.
The middle of each of the bottom tiers would have no icing on top. No, I wouldn't stack then ice; half the guests (or more!) would be short on delicious, delicious icing!
just a thought
I say try torting, filling, then ice just the tops of each layer, then stack and ice the sides and decorate. Let us know how it turns out for you. I am all about experimenting. You wont know unless you try it.
I usually ice all my cakes then stack. Then decorate the whole cake. I dont know how people decorate each layer, then stack them without messing them up. So give it a try. Just remember to put the icing on the top of each layer.
I don't stack until all tiers are iced and decorated. I too would question doing it the other way around? I understand the need to line things up but you gotta have icing on top of each tier...right?!? : )
Big "no" at this end, too.
Nope can't say I've ever tried that. I usually tort, ice then stack then decorate. If you try it, let us know how that worked out.
No. I honestly don't see where it would save a lot of time.
You can stack and then ice, only problem is some people wind up having buldges from the icing/frosting and if your using fondant any cake bulges will definately show.
I know a decorator who does this and she is really good. She is also really busy. She fills, puts a little icing on top of each tier then stacks. Her's always come out beautiful.
The only time I do that is when it's a large carved cake, then I fill, crumb coat and stack all pieces, carve and then ice the whole thing as a whole. But definitely not when working with a normal round/square tiered cake.......that would cause me WAY more stress, I can imagine trying to ice one layer while destroying the previous perfectly iced layer! AGH
Hey! Thanks for responding! I knew someone out there does! I still haven't tried it, but need to!
I did this on my first cake, before I knew not too...OOPS!!!! And it was really hard to smooth the sides of the top teir without messing up the top of the bottom teir. The whole time I was thinking, "This has to be wrong. How do they do this???"
Anyway, give it a try and see how it works for you.
Torte, fill, ice, let set, stack, then decorate.
Would love to see the website of this lady who ices after stacking. Just out of curiosity.