I need to make a cake for this year's Air Force Ball and I want to carve it in the shape of the AF Symbol. I was thinking of somehow tiering it (I have no idea how to explain my idea so that it makes sense). I've drawn sketches and I can't seem to get it in my head what size pans to use to get the most use out of the cake (ie. less cut-away thrown out). The ball will have about 330 attending, but dessert comes with the meal and I don't see that many people eating cake. Despite that, it does need to be pretty good size. It's going to be sitting on a table with the same symbol carved in a 3 foot ice sculpture, so it would look kind of bad if it were too small sitting next to that. I was planning to do at least two layers, but beyond that, I can't think of how to do this.
Oh, and I'd really rather do a carved cake, not a sheet cake with the symbol on it. I plan to do it in BC and I'm going to attempt to use luster dust on the silver parts (and maybe the blue) to make it really stand out. I hope that works...I'll just die if the dust kills the BC. Thanks for any ideas any of you have.
OK - I have 2 ideas. Neither involve sculpted cake - I think you're going to have a lot of waste there no matter what size pan you use. On both, you could use whichever media you prefer - chocolate, fondant or gum paste-for the Air Force logo.
What if you did the sheet cake like a runway with your graphic raised an inch or so off the top of the cake angled to look like an airplane taking off?
Or you could do a tiered round cake (a little more involved, I know.) Maybe color it to look like sky, or silver. Then use 2 or 3 AF logos, standing up, to circle the top tier. Just to help you picture it, the top tier would look a bit like a crown, with the wings sticking up into the air. On this one, since you don't need soooo much cake, you could do a dummy on the bottom just to get some height.
Be sure to post a pic of the cake when you're done!
Dang......Doug you're good!
Doug... you should rent out your cake planning services. You're good!
i am a begginer baker to say the least i would like to make this cake for my boyfriend for his birthday.. i have a couple questions though.. what is the best kind of cake to use? what is the best method of icing and how do you join the cakes so it looks seemless?