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Decorating By megg5 Updated 1 Nov 2010 , 10:55pm by Apti

megg5 Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 8:01pm
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I just got a request for a topsy turvy cake..this will be my first one!! Its for a sweet sixteen and she wants red velvet with creamcheese. She showed me a picture with zebra striped fondant, bows and flowers(4tiers high). SInce im new to this i guess i just wanted to know how everyones prices differed when it comes to cakes you have to carve like the topsy turvy to regular tiered cakes? She doesnt know how many guests yet till closer to the time but she is getting a sheet cake for the majority of the guests. So how should i go about pricing this one out? thanks ahead of time!!

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leily Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 8:13pm
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depending on the decorations I start my topsy turby/3D cakes at 150% of my normal price per serving. On avg it's about 175%-200"% of my regular price per serving

Dayti Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 8:24pm
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I will honestly say I have never done a topsy turvy cake, but I think you'd need to find a good sturdy recipe to make a suitable carvable (is that a word?!) red velvet cake, and my recipe for cream cheese frosting would be too slippery I think for me to carve anything and hope the layers stayed together while doing so. But you may already have that covered...

Kiddiekakes Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 10:40pm
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Don't forget also that a Topsy Turvy cakes requires more cake layers to be stacked as you end up cutting alot away and need the extra layers for height.When I made mine I used 4 layers for the bottom and 3 for the top..Most was carved and cut away so you have to account for the extra cake wasted and not just what the end result in servings is.There is a great tutorial here on CC which shows how to make a TT cake...

tiggy2 Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 10:54pm
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If you've never made one before I'd do a trial run before the final project. They can be a little tricky.

Apti Posted 1 Nov 2010 , 10:55pm
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Originally Posted by Dayti

I will honestly say I have never done a topsy turvy cake, but I think you'd need to find a good sturdy recipe to make a suitable carvable (is that a word?!) red velvet cake, and my recipe for cream cheese frosting would be too slippery I think for me to carve anything and hope the layers stayed together while doing so. But you may already have that covered...




I have not yet made a topsy turvy but have read a lot of information on different techniques. Most people have said that red velvet it not strong enough for that type of cake. You may wish to begin a separate thread asking:
"red velvet/cream cheese icing in topsy turvy cake? OK?

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