First Time Cake Carver!!!

Decorating By ajpcakefanatic Updated 9 Sep 2010 , 11:40pm by zespri

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ajpcakefanatic Posted 5 Sep 2010 , 7:30pm
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I plan on making a tractor cake for my son's birthday on the 18th of this month, I saw a pic of one that I really love, but it will need to be carved, and I have never done this before. I would love any ideas on what recipe to use, or any technique that is tried and true!!!
Thanks so much for any help!!

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Jewlzee Posted 5 Sep 2010 , 7:43pm
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It maybe a given to some, but freeze your cake before your carve it! I hadn't thought of freezing them before carving/icing them but it made things so much easier. I make the cakes the night before, then stick them in the freezer.

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ajpcakefanatic Posted 5 Sep 2010 , 7:44pm
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Thanks, Do you have a certain type of cake that you use?

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Jewlzee Posted 5 Sep 2010 , 9:17pm
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just boxed mix, sometimes I will make a cake from scratch because it makes a denser cake. And even for large cakes, I will make a batter from scratch and combine it with a box batter. I also add a half a cup of sour cream to the mix. Sounds weird but makes the box cake a bit denser and super yummy!

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kitty122000 Posted 6 Sep 2010 , 4:41pm
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sjc0858 Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 4:36am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kitty122000

this is my favorite recipe for carving, it makes a very dense cake,

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/1972/durable-cake-for-3d-and-wedding-cakes

and in chocolate:

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/6093/durable-cake-for-3d-in-chocolate





Do you think these are these also good for topsy turvey's?!

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kitty122000 Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 6:56am
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absolutely!

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alicialee Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 6:40pm
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Should they thaw a little bit before carving??

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nutcase68 Posted 9 Sep 2010 , 1:39pm
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I have used the 3 D durable cake for carving. Never use wasc. It does not have enough structure. The 3 D cake is the best. Have not tried the chocolate version. I use a serated knife and just start carving out of the freezer.

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hsmomma Posted 9 Sep 2010 , 5:28pm
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Try a heavier cake like a pound cake. The wasc has worked for me...but, I see not everyone has had that same experience. So...it's probably trial and error. I don't use straight boxed mixed but to me a heavier, denser cake seems like it would work better than a straight cake mix. Seems like cake mix cakes are very soft...

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dchockeyguy Posted 9 Sep 2010 , 6:26pm
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you really do want a dense cake for carving. Many people prefer pound cake when it comes to something carved. My experience, usually, is that a very cold cake carves more easily.

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ajpcakefanatic Posted 9 Sep 2010 , 7:10pm
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Thanks for all the replies, I am going to try the recipe from the post above, I am going to try it this weekend! I will let ya know how it turns out!!!

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zespri Posted 9 Sep 2010 , 11:40pm
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I tried to carve a frozen cake once, and couldn't get the knife through it! I had to defrost it first.... doh!

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