I was wondering what the largest topsy turvy cake everyone has made. I have been asked to make a friend's topsy turvy wedding cake but I am a little intimited making a large one. I have only made a small 2 tier so the thought of a larger one-with larger tiers scare me. Does anyone have any suggestions?
She is having 210 guests and did say that it was ok to make sheet cakes also. I am just not sure what size would be good for a decent size wedding cake.
I have seen numerous people do large topsy turvy cakes on here. For me there are a couple of rules if for doing a large TT.
1) NO SLIPPERY FILLINGS..only buttercream or ganache
2) Cover the cakes in ganache and then fondant. This makes a super stable cake.
3) Make sure the difference in diameter between the tiers is at least 3 inches..preferably 4...again this helps with stability.
4) Use SPS for the support system. But that's my rule for all tiered cakes.
According to the Wilton wedding chart a for round cakes a 6-9-12-16 inch would yield 200 servings. If you do TT with 3 layers of cake per tier, you can decide how many portions that would give you extra. Also make sure your oven can handle the larger pan sizes.
Truly this is all about the support system so I re-iterate...ganache under the fondant and good support system. I would recommend you do a test run for at least a 3 tier TT before you do one for a wedding to make sure you're comfortable with your support system and technique.
I am new to the forums and making my first attempt at a TT cake. Does one always use the supports? What is the SPS brand referenced in the list to follow..Sorry newbie at a tier cake is a big move. My cake pans are 6, 8 and 10 that are already shaped into the TT (not sure if the best route to do it but being a home baker seemed like a good idea at the time). Not sure if will do a 2 or 3 layer yet. Also in terms of the ganache, does any one have a simple, easy recipe to share? I am not big on eating fondant (although some do eat it) but do enjoy a great filling/frosting. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
I agree 100%. I did all of these things for the last one I did (a 4 tier) and everything went perfectly. I even carried it in the car on my lap for a 30 minute drive and it didn't budge. Follow those steps and you'll be golden
Here's a good tutorial on ganache -
Thank you for the tutorial on ganache. Now, I think I'll try making a topsy turvy cake. Good luck Radtech on your large topsy turvy cake.
Thank you for the links...looks easy enough. Will let you know how things turn out.