The # of cakes you will need for the ship depends on how tall you would like it to be. I always determine how many layers I need to get to the height of the object I'm making and then add 1 extra to allow for carving and detail.
Again, depending on the length ship you want to make you could use round cakes, I normally use one of my smaller sheet cake pans and cut that cake in 1/2 and stack when I do a pirate ship.
For your sheet cake I would probably do a single filled layer if you don't need a ton of servings.
You are correct, chill or freeze your cake before carving and just shave off the cake, you can aways shave off more, you cannot put it back on ( like a haircut :)
You can do it!
Thank you for responding! I'm thinking the pirate ship might be 5 layers high (carved, of course). Maybe doing a smaller sheet cake pan would be a better idea. And you are right on the sheet cake layers. One should do it since I will have the pirate ship as well. Also, trying to figure out the best vegan chocolate cake recipe that would work for this. I have gone through the recipes here (omg...I was drooling!), but not sure which would hold up to the stacking and carving.
this site is awesome and holy moly are you all talented!!
I have gone through a lot of the vegan recipes for chocolate cake, but I am wondering which one is a favorite and would stand up to stacking? Any help is appreciated
I always search these sites for 5 star ratings http://www.instructables.com/id/The-BEST-chococlate-cake-ever...that-happens-to-be/
Have you tried either of these?
No, I haven't. I am going to do a test cake today, so I will try them out! Thanks!!! Turns out my neighbor used to do cakes so I now have physical help with it.