Hour Glass Shaped Tier...how Do I Carve It?

Decorating By shannonlovebug Updated 15 Sep 2010 , 10:43pm by tinygoose

shannonlovebug Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 6:16pm
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Here's a pic of what I'm talking about. How do I carve it to get that shape? Just freehand, or is there a way to do it to make sure it comes out even? What about covering it with fondant? I'd love any tips ya'll can give me!

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shannonlovebug Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 6:18pm
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oops pic didn't upload...trying this again...

shannonlovebug Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 6:31pm
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well the pic doesn't want to load icon_sad.gif

Anyway, it's an hour glass shape or corset shaped, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be called. I don't mean a flat sheet cake cut into that shape, I'm talking about a tallish 8 inch round that is narrower in the center and wider on top and bottom. Does that make sense?

khadijah Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 7:52pm
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Instead of carving the cake you could use 2 pie plates to bake the cake into.

jcstefanick Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 8:09pm
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I would think two half ball cakes turned round sides together would also accomplish this shape...

emiyeric Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 8:31pm
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I will be doing one of these soon, though I haven't yet, and have been trying to figure out the best way to do it. I'm thinking I might do two 6-inch rounds, one on top of the other, sandwiched between two 8-in rounds; torte/fill/chill as I usually do when I carve, and just go at it while cold and firm. I would love to know if somebody with some experience doing this went about it with cakes that were all the same size to begin with, but unless someone says something different, this is probably what I'll do. I'm fairly comfortable carving, but starting with different-sized cakes (with cakeboards and dowels for support) will hopefully cut down on the amount of carving I will acually have to do. HTH!

DianeLM Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 10:32pm
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I carve the two halves separately into a tapered shape, then stack them together narrow end to narrow end.

tinygoose Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 10:43pm
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

I carve the two halves separately into a tapered shape, then stack them together narrow end to narrow end.

This is what I would do too. I did a couple of flower pots, and I carved/ tapered them upside down. If I had two of them it would be an hour glass.

BTW--electric knife works well when tapering.

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