I have never done a carved cake but I'm not gonna turn something down just because I've never done it before. I do however needs some advice or some tips. I am making a carved cake for 150 people....yep 150. It's not a real hard design but it's gonna be tall. It's gonna be a burlap potato bag with potato's on the top and some spilling out on the cake board. It's for a potato farmers party. I just need advice on the height of the cake. This is gonna be tall and I use WASC cakes. I know my supports for each layer is vital but any other tips will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
150 ain't that many. You'll be fine.
I'd use a piece of foam in the base under the board so I can sink some dowel down into the foam so it has stability to not topple over.
It sounds awesome. Making potatoes & burlap too cool. Fun.
Oh, use a little cocoa powder to dust around for the potatoeyness factor.
Maybe 16 inches tall--a four tier 12x6 give or take--that would literally be 180 wilton wedding size servings so that gives you 30 servings of leeway. Leeway to round off corners and then add a few servings disguised as spuds.
I can't wait to see it.
I mean you could just bake off some ovals & stack 'er up--make the burlap look rolled down a bit.
This sounds like so much fun.
You can do it!
If you follow Buddy from the (Cake Boss television show) the actual carving is smaller when you put it on a "sheet" cake and allows for "fallen" potatoes.......giving another layer to the design.
Of course K8memphis has some wonderful advice. I would use oval pans also and cocoa powder. But with my newbie students the Buddy style would help it be a bit more manageable. HTH
WOW!!! I never thought of that!!! Thanks you both soooo much. I will post pics. One question, will I have to separate each cake with a cake board and dowels or can I stack them like 6 inches high before separating them with a cake board? I was also looking for small oval pan much like the wilton small baseball pans, does anyone know where to find any of those.
I would put support every 4-5 inches in this.
And let the stacked cake rest really well so it settles before your final coating.
Candy clay is a good idea. Or that mixed with fondant.
"Would you like fries with that?"
One question, will I have to separate each cake with a cake board and dowels or can I stack them like 6 inches high before separating them with a cake board?
Don't stack to 6 inches without support! Don't, don't, don't! I thought I could get away with a tiny little section of cake 6" high without support (really little, like maybe 3"x4") on the top of a Thomas the Tank Engine. Nope, that little section collapsed during "settle" time, and I had to downstack and replace the bottom layer.
Support every 4"! I've learned my lesson! I probably won't even go to 5" without support anymore...
I always support every tier.
Thanks!!! I so appreciate all of your advice!!! I love being able to get help my fellow cake experts.
Well cake is done and I wanna thank everyone for all of their help and for answering my post!
WOW!!! you did an awesome job!!!!!
I didn't have any advice to give but I was following your thread so I could see how you did. You did an awe some job!