My friend's husband just called and wants to surprise his wife with a small birthday cake. Rather than just giving her a small 6 inch round cake I want to make a mini tiered cake for her. I haven't done this yet, but have been wanting to ever since I saw Buddy do it on one of his shows.
If anyone has done this I am looking for any tips. My thought is to bake several 6 inch round layers (my smallest pan) and then using circle cookie cutter to cut each layer smaller and then stack those layers etc. I can't think of another way to do it.
I don't know what exact sizes each of my circles are but they are the Wilton set. I think the biggest one is probably 4 inches in diameter and then goes down from there.
I do realize that this is larger than 1 serving, but since its going to be at a going away party for them I know the cake will be consumed.
Should I dowel this through the center? Or just dowel each tier?
it might be more cost effective to bake a 9x13 (or larger round) single layer cake (like an inch high), then cut out your circles from there - you will probably be able to get more 5", 3.5", 2" circles(I think that would look nice, but you could use any size circles) than if you were cutting from 6" rounds. You probably won't need much in the way of dowels bc the cake rounds will be so small - maybe 2 per tier.
There are mini pans for that. It bakes the whole cake in one then you put fondant over the entire cake and decorate.
I've thought of doing something similar to this. I wanted to make several 2 tier minis, and my plan was to make cupcakes, the bottom tier being the size of a cupcake and the top cut smaller with a circle cutter, like you mentioned. Then I planned to dip the whole thing so if has a really nice and smooth cover. Of course, I haven't actually done this yet, so don't know how well it would work. I was going to single dowel them.
I was making some today. I spread my batter on jelly roll sheet and cut out three different size circles using cookie cutters....four layers for each.
If you don't have the right size cookie cutters you can improvise with straight sided drinking glasses, custard cups, etc. or just make a paper template and cut around it. Sheet cake would definitely be the easiest way if you don't have the right size pans.
Thank you. When I was thinking about it I realized that baking a larger sheet cake would be more cost effective. I am so excited about this cake especially since he left all the deocrating aspects up to me. Its actually hard to design something with nothing to go on. But I have decided to go with an owl theme.
we do many small tiered cakes,our most popular is a slightly larger 6 inch and 4 inch topped with a cupcake i usually run a cookie pop stick down the center for support. then wealso use cutters to cut out circles or squares from sheet cakes as well to do smaller ones. They are very popular, especially for people wanting a more dramatic look for a birthday cake but only need to feed a few people.
could you not use food tins? baby food tins? i've keep a pudding tin that's about 4" a sweet corn tin that's about 3" and a baby food one. they bake up perfectly and no wasted cake!!!