I just had my mad hatter go south.........
Hi SandyS, I'm also frustrated with the Topsy Turvy Cakes. Do you own the Fat Daddio Forms ? I do and every time I use them I have to cross my fingers that the cake will bake all through. I do not know why your cake fell apart but I just wanted to say I feel with you .
I'm also making a mad hatter cake. The class is making a topsy turvy but I don't think I am going that route. Too difficult in my opinion. I'm glad I didn't spend the money on fat daddios topsy turvy pans.
I seriously hate topsy turvy cakes. I would def. recommend using a recipe that is a dense cake suitable for carving! And getting things leveled after carving is pretty stinking important. I think that if all else fails, I would go for the styrofoam-wedge construction. It eliminates the carving and still gives that 'mad hatter' impression. Just cover the styro with floral/filler deco. HTH. :D
I just recently finished one and what I did was assembled at the event and the cake stayed in one place so there was no movement. Also I used normal cake mix the tiers stayed together but have been told to use pound cake for a denser cake. All I know is not to travel with the cake together that is one mistake I won't make again its okay for tiered cakes that are one on top of each other but since the topsy turvy is on a slant I would suggest to put first tier down and box the others and put final touches at event
Your tiers will still need to sit level after baking. You cut a hole in the top of each tier for the next one it sit on. Here is a video on what I mean. She doesn't use the pans but the structure is the same http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxC9vaj6t_s
Thanks for the sympathy
Thanks for all of the advice and hints I really appreciate everything!