Birch Bark Cake

Decorating By Jeannem Updated 7 Sep 2013 , 2:14pm by Jeannem

Jeannem Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 9:51pm
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I have a niece asking me to do a cake like this masterpiece by The People's Cake...

 

1) How can I attached the actual cakes to the boards so they won't slide off??

2) What can I use for the angled wedges between the layer??  Will RKT work??  Styro?? If so, how would I cut it? I know White chocolate can secure the cake board..

3) Anyone have a birch bark tutorial?? I saw the one here on CC, but would like another--I'd even buy it...

 

Thanks everyone--you're always so helpful..

J

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Dayti Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 9:59pm
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Originally Posted by Jeannem 
 

I have a niece asking me to do a cake like this masterpiece by The People's Cake...

 

1) How can I attached the actual cakes to the boards so they won't slide off??

2) What can I use for the angled wedges between the layer??  Will RKT work??  Styro?? If so, how would I cut it? I know White chocolate can secure the cake board..

3) Anyone have a birch bark tutorial?? I saw the one here on CC, but would like another--I'd even buy it...

 

Thanks everyone--you're always so helpful..

J

I think Kaysie Lackey has a tutorial for birch bark cake on Cake Masters. You'd have to pay, but it'd be worth it. Not sure if it was a crooked cake though, so you'd still have to get help on that aspect. 

 

I'm actually doing my first crooked cake this weekend - I don't want to give you any pointers as it might all just go wrong, I am kind of making it up as I go along...yikes. I do know that there are not many, if any, crooked cake tutorials out there. I think Colette Peters explains it in her book Cakes to Dream on - I haven't got it and couldn't borrow it but maybe you can get it somehow.

Jeannem Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 12:57pm
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Oh thank you so much dayti--I actually have that book, but when I checked it, about all she says to do is put a center dowel in the cake.  Still not sure if that will keep the cake from sliding off the plate.

Lynne3 Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 6:19pm
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Jeannem Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 8:03pm
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Crooked cake tutorial

http://sugaredblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/graduation-wedge-cake.html

Thanks Lynne--looks like I might be worrying about nothing....Sharon just doweled it also..

Dayti Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 8:17pm
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Originally Posted by Jeannem 
 

Oh thank you so much dayti--I actually have that book, but when I checked it, about all she says to do is put a center dowel in the cake.  Still not sure if that will keep the cake from sliding off the plate.

 

I am building mine on top of a centre dowel which I have hot glued into the cake drum and out below a bit. I worked out where all the holes had to go in the base boards for each tier, and made the holes just a tad bigger in diameter than the centre dowel. Filled the cakes, ganached them, fondanted them. I stick my cakes to their bases with ganache, and that plus the ganache crumb coat + fondant will, I hope, be enough, to stop the cakes sliding off. I will hammer a couple of skewers through the tiers too, once it's stacked. But basically, if your cake is going to slide, nothing will stop it... I am driving 3 hours to deliver but will take it unstacked and stack at the venue. 

Jeannem Posted 7 Sep 2013 , 2:14pm
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I like your idea with the center dowel, I just hate using cardboards in cakes..yeah I know goofy..

And ganache--great idea!! I've never done a wedding cake that way, so this just might be my first!!

 

I was laying awake last night thinking of cake--we all do that don't we--lol, and thought about hot gluing an SPS plate to my board.  I would then have 4 pillars that can't move.  I'll be difficult to cut, but I'll just make extra servings..

I know I wouldn't be able to center dowel, but if I attach the cakes and wedges with chocolate, everything should stay put???

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