Carving And Covering With Fond. My First Number Cake, Help!!

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Cakeartist5523 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 11:41pm
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Okay so I am doing my first carved number cake! To make it worse it needs to feed 100 people! I am self taught and recently stopped turning down cakes that test or push me, but now I am panicing cause not only do I have to carve it, and fill it, but I also have to cover the whole cake in fondant! I used the 13x19 pan and the WASC recipe but Im not sure what to do next! Im frozen with fear and need a nudge!

Anyone have any hints, tips tricks or suggestions, I NEED THEM!

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Jayde Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 11:45pm
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Well, I would stack and fill you cake. Its easier if you print out a large number in the size that you want or draw one to use as a template. Set the number on top and cut away around it, crumb coat, then cover with fondant.

I actually find it easier to roll out your fondant thicker than normal for funky shapes and I never have any problems covering a shape like that. I have done crosses and shirts before and it always seems to go smoother than covering a round layer.

icer101 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 11:58pm
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There is a how to on cake numbers . scroll down. can this be of any help.



http://www.ancda.org/Documents/ASC2001lowres.pdf

yummy_in_my_tummy Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 12:42am
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Cakeartist5523, I just did a number 4 a few weeks ago. And I have a number 6 for this weekend. What I did, once the cake was baked, I put a piece of cardboard on top of the cake, held it tight and flipped it over - but I didn't remove the pan. Just to make sure the cake wasn't stuck in the pan. Then I flipped it back over, and took the cardboard off, so the cake was still in the pan. I let it cool completely (I was worried that it would stick if I let it cool without jarring it loose first!).

Once cooled, I took my template, and placed it on the cake BACKWARDS. I carved my number out (while still in the pan), backwards of course, and took out all of the cake pieces that weren't part of the number. so I just had a backwards 4 left in the pan.

Then I laid my cake board ontop of the cake & pan so I could kind of guesstimate where I needed to spread buttercream so it would stick to the cake board. I spread buttercream where needed, then put the cakeboard BACK onto the pan (I know, I know, I probably made this harder than it should be!) and flipped it over. Then I took the pan off and I had a perfect #4 on my cake board.

Then, I leveled, filled, etc my number. I actually cut the bottom part off (the stick part of the 4), because it was easier to deal with.

I hope that made sense....

cheatize Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:32am
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I'm not sure about carving it while in the pan. I think I'd scratch the pan.

Cakeartist5523 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 1:37pm
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THank you so much for your help and tips. So far I have them all baked, torted and waiting for carving in the freezer. I just made my template and after My son said nice Z Mom, I tweeked it a bit andnow it looks like a 2!
Whew, now to place it on the cake and give it a shot!

Im still confused about filling them? please forgive me if this is stupid, but I carve the 20 then fill it and crumb coat it, right?

I am way over complicating this Im sure, but so happy I can say I tried!!

Thanks again!!

yummy_in_my_tummy Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:40pm
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cheatize - it doesn't scratch the pan. When I carve it, I'm just moving the knife up and down to cut the cake, it's not running along the bottom of the pan - different motion icon_smile.gif

Cakeartist5523 - I personally, carved it and then torted and crumb coated. The reason I torted/filled it after it was carved is so I could make a nice dam. Otherwise, how would you know where to put your dam?

Cakeartist5523 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 5:21pm
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@yummy
Yes that's what I was thinking too! See I am making this much
Harder than necesary! Thank you all so much for your help!

yummy_in_my_tummy Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 5:38pm
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No problem! Don't forget to let us know how it turns out! Good luck!

Jayde Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 7:22pm
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Originally Posted by Cakeartist5523

THank you so much for your help and tips. So far I have them all baked, torted and waiting for carving in the freezer. I just made my template and after My son said nice Z Mom, I tweeked it a bit andnow it looks like a 2!
Whew, now to place it on the cake and give it a shot!

Im still confused about filling them? please forgive me if this is stupid, but I carve the 20 then fill it and crumb coat it, right?

I am way over complicating this Im sure, but so happy I can say I tried!!

Thanks again!!




I usually fill mine first then carve. Much easier that way so you dont have to go back and trim when the two layers dont exactly match up, and you will have to trim or your fondant will be bumpy.

Cakeartist5523 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 7:40pm
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@Jayde. If I fill it then carve it, then my filling will not have a damnto keep it in? Right? Im sorry if I'm not getting it, but do not want to mess this up! New customer and I want to knock her socks off!
Ty for the help! So grateful for the experienced cake decorators that offer tips and advise!!! Wish I could take classes someday! $$$$

Cakeartist5523 Posted 5 Dec 2010 , 7:25am
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Here it is, the customer loved it! So very happy it is over though, it took me forever! Hubby asked me, "is it normal for number cakes to take 3 days? Lmao I just smiled sweetly and said "yes, when you do laundry, windows and dinner at the same time! Ugh this was some work! Learned a ton !!! Thank you all for the help!!!

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