pixxyscake Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 5:55pm
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Hi all,

 I have a customer who want a small cake  to feed twelve , she just asked for a strawberry sponge cake one 8 inch layer covered in fondant with an angry bird theme. I am new to this and a bit  worried . First off what exactly is a strawberry  sponge cake?. I thought it was a victorian sponge with a strawberry filling.  if she is wanting a single layer cake how is that going to work. I feel with my cakes coming out  at less than two inches after leveling it might turn out looking not so good in terms of hight and the look she is going for.

I have sent an email advising that she should go for a two layer six inch cake and would look better and now no response from her. someone tell me if I am wrong . I don't want to sound unprofessional. feeling bad :-(

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bct806 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:24pm
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You could torte your one layer and make it a bit higher (technically making it into a two layer). You could add a strawberry puree to your sponge cake. I am guessing since she only wants the one layer that she doesn't want any type of filling. I agree that if it is anything other than a sheet cake, I tend to like the look of a two layer better, but I have never had anyone ask for a 1 layer before. 

bchildress Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:29pm
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AI do have a question about the whole layering of cakes. I want to layer a 12x18 cake with a 12x18 will I née to add dowels in the cake? I also. Willie filling the cake with Dulce de leche.

bchildress Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:31pm
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AAlso can I make the two cakes tonight and they will be fresh for a party I am having on Saturday afternoon?

bct806 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:56pm
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Also can I make the two cakes tonight and they will be fresh for a party I am having on Saturday afternoon?

I have never done it that far in advance. I make mine Wednesday night at the earliest. I know some people do make them further in advance and freeze them. 

 

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I do have a question about the whole layering of cakes. I want to layer a 12x18 cake with a 12x18 will I née to add dowels in the cake? I also. Willie filling the cake with Dulce de leche.

For just a regular 2 layer sheet cake like that, no. You don't need dowels.

bchildress Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 9:59pm
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ASo with the two cakes that are 12x18 I don't need dowels? And it will have a filling as well so they will be fine just sitting on top on each other?

CWR41 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 11:59pm
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So with the two cakes that are 12x18 I don't need dowels? And it will have a filling as well so they will be fine just sitting on top on each other?

It's called a layer cake.  You only need dowels when stacking tiers or more layers over 4" in height, then you'd also need a support board in between.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 12:29am
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I wonder if maybe the woman who ordered from you meant one tier. as in one tier cake with several layers inside. I just made a wedding cake at home and I had to explain that to almost all of my family several times the differences between tiers and layers.

pixxyscake Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 5:38am
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Hi Kaylawaylalayla,

I have been thinking about that as well because I do know a few people who don't know there is a difference between a tier and a layer.  well what can I say

pixxyscake Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 5:39am

you are hijacking my thread 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 6:49am

AAny way you can contact her before you need to make it?

pixxyscake Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 2:12pm

she emailed and said she will make the cake herself , I said no problem happy baking . 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 3:53pm

AYikes. Well I suppose it happens.

ConniM1 Posted 22 Jul 2013 , 11:27pm

I had someone ask for a 1 Layer Cake a few weeks ago too and I asked her you do mean 1 Tier? She laughed and said yes Thank God you know what I mean lol. Always ask when they say Layer....a Red Flag should go up so always ask.  Good Luck

pixxyscake Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 8:59am

I guess when in doubt always ask just to make sure  . I should haveicon_smile.gif . But sometimes you just expect that people would know these things

ConniM1 Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 1:33pm

I NEVER expect them to know LOL...so yes we have to ask for sure. I ask all kinds of questions and sometimes they have to get back to me because they're not sure either so I figure if you don't know how am I supposed too? We learn these things as we go along and so much more. I've learned a lot and so will you...good luck you will be just fine thumbs_up.gif

bct806 Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 1:52pm
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I NEVER expect them to know LOL...so yes we have to ask for sure. I ask all kinds of questions and sometimes they have to get back to me because they're not sure either so I figure if you don't know how am I supposed too? We learn these things as we go along and so much more. I've learned a lot and so will you...good luck you will be just fine thumbs_up.gif

I couldn't agree more! I always ask. Better safe than sorry.

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