Cut cake to correct size?

Decorating By smtwngurl Updated 19 Dec 2013 , 10:47pm by howsweet

smtwngurl Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 11:48am
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AI'm not sure if I have this posted in the correct forum. I have only done about 20 cakes so I am fairly new to making cakes. I have a square tiered cake due soon. The tiers are 6", 8" & 10". I have a ton of pans but I only have 3 square pans sizes 8", 12" & 16". I hardly ever have to make squares. Can I cut the 12" down to a 10" & the 8" down to a 6"? Would it be less stable because the sides are cut? I didn't want to go buy new pans since I barely ever make square, but I will if I have too :) once in 2 yrs is all I have used them lol. It will be iced in all buttercream. Thanks!

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AnnieCahill Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 1:45pm
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Sure, you could cut them.  Just put a hell of a crumb coat on before icing it, and make sure you don't use too delicate of a recipe.

Bakers Crush Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 2:08pm
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AFor sure you can. Dont we all do cut outs of shapes and characters from cakes all the time?

LizzieAylett Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 4:41pm
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You might want to check out your local cake supply shop first, though, and see if they hire out tins.  I know several near me who do for only £1 or so per night - it would save on wastage as you wouldn't have to cut the cake smaller.

cupcakemaker Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 7:06pm
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AYes just get a drum of the new size, put it on top and hold the knife vertical and flat to it.

howsweet Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 9:07pm
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AWouldn't it make more sense to cut the 12 inch into four 6x6 layers? And do the same with the 16 inch pan to get 8x8 layers?

smtwngurl Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 5:45am
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AHowsweet- Haha yes I guess it would make much more sense. I don' know why I didn't think of that.

Smckinney07 Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 7:22am
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AYou can definitely cut your cakes-howsweet has the right idea.

Personally, if you're planning on selling cakes you might want to invest in the extra pans. I use these sizes a lot. I realize starting out there are many costs, but if you make many (or plan to) wedding cakes round & square pans are what I use the most.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 4:50pm
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Isn't that what you do anyway, if you level tops or split layers?

howsweet Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 5:22pm
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AI find that since most of my cakes are 4 layers, using, say, a 16x16 to make an 8 inch cake is the most efficient way to go about it. Fewer pans to prepare for baking and fewer to wash and store. More space in the oven for other cakes to bake at the same time. Especially since I don't torte. I don't torte because I find the cakes come out moister without overcooked areas by baking all four layers separately.

ellavanilla Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 6:19pm
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be sure to measure your oven first. A 16x16 does not fit in my oven. It's just the tiniest bit too large. 

howsweet Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 10:46pm
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That's a really good point!  :D

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