Carving My First Cake... Help

Decorating By angelleyes Updated 31 Jul 2011 , 2:45am by VentureSister

angelleyes Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 10:46pm
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So I am got to attempting to make a book cake by carving.. Yikes.. I looked and called everywhere to find a book cake pan.. And of course no luck.. ugggg... Any advice or tips you care to share????

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SweetSyren Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 11:07pm
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Do you want an open book? I just saw that Wilton sells open book cake pans. I bet they also have a closed book pan.

angelleyes Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 11:29pm
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I know they do. but sadly I couldn't find one anywhere.. Just my luck lol

angelleyes Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 11:30pm
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I want a open book

angelleyes Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 1:17am
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anyone else?

SweetSyren Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 1:52am
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Why can't you order it online thru Wilton? They have free shipping going on now

VentureSister Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:11am
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You can bake it in a rectangle pan and then carve it.
There is a template on this site for carving an open book. You print it out and follow the lines to carve. It works really well. I would recommend chilling the cake in the freezer first. It is much easier to carve a semi-frozen cake.
Run a search and you should be able to pull up the template. Sorry I don't remember who made and posted it.

VentureSister Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:18am
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Here it is. Doug has a lot of good templates.

angelleyes Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:20am
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I found it.. but it's just a open book on a piece scetched out on a piece of paper... How is that gonna help?.. Forgive the newbie lol but I don't get it

Cakegirl74 Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:29am
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I did my first open book carving recently and it wasn't that bad. I didn't use the template but wish I had. I think you would just print it off cut it out then you could hold it up next to the cake to use as a guide. When I did it I used a sheet cake but make sure you use a really sturdy board because otherwise it will bend in the middle and screw up your cake. Good luck!

VentureSister Posted 31 Jul 2011 , 2:45am
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Print it out on stiff paper or laminate it after you cut it out.
Put up against the sides of your sheet cake and then follow the shape with your knife. I use a serrated bread knife. It works well.
I put a copy of the template on front and back as a guideline to not angle it too much.
Go slow. Take it a little at a time. It is easier to keep shaving more off than to try to fill in if you take too much off.

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