Square Wedding Cake Question

Decorating By ngfcake Updated 17 Feb 2011 , 12:20am by Occther

ngfcake Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 2:38am
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I'm making my cousin's wedding cake for 150-160 ppl. I'm having a hard time figuring it out because they don't want the tiers to be aligned with each other (for example: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1932714)

I know I can't use the regular gap (2") between the tiers as the corner of the upper tier would fall outside the lower tier. (I hope I'm being clear!!)

Is it possible to make this cake without having a very large base tier or lots of tiers? (I'm trying to get a 3-4 tier cake).

Thanks for your help!

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dsilvest Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 2:59am
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If you have different size square pans stack them to get an idea of the sizes you need to use.

ngfcake Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 3:01am
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Thanks, Diane.

I will actually have to buy some. I could try with squares of paper.

yortma Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 3:10am
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Consider making the middle layer a circle, and placing the bottom and top squares offset relative to each other. Having the middle layer a circle could keep the layers a bit closer in size. For example, a 16 inch square could have a 15 inch circle on top without overlap. A 10 inch square on top of that would also have no overlap ( being slightly more than 14 inches in diameter diagonally).

ngfcake Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 3:13am
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That's a great idea, Yortma. I'll talk to them about using a round middle layer.

Thank you

dsilvest Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 3:16am
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"I will actually have to buy some. I could try with squares of paper."

I've done it that way too.

CWR41 Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 5:24am
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For offsetting square tiers, here are the right angle measurements:

4" 5.66
5" 7.07
6" 8.49
7" 9.9
8" 11.31
9" 12.73
10" 14.14
11" 15.56
12" 16.97
13" 18.38
14" 19.8
15" 21.21
16" 22.63
17" 24.04
18" 25.46

So... if you use a 14"/98 x 9"/41 x 6"/18, it will serve 157.
Add a 4"/8 top tier to freeze for their 1st anniversary, and it will serve 165 total.

Or... 13" x 9" x 6" x 4" would serve 152 if they don't want to save the top.

ngfcake Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 11:08am
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Thank you very much, CWR41.

I really appreciate the info.

Occther Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 11:52am
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I did an offset square cake for my brother and sister-in-law. I turned each square slightly. Just added the photo of it my gallery.

ngfcake Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 11:20pm
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Occther, it's a lovely cake. And you don't need to do the upper tiers very small as they are not in a 45º angle.


Occther Posted 17 Feb 2011 , 12:20am
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Thanks for the compliment. You are right - you don't have to worry as much about the extra size between tiers. I think it was about 2" between sizes.

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