Hi everyone! I have a cake coming up that I'm a bit nervous about so I thought I'd pick some of your brains. :)
The top tier of this cake will be a die:
The middle tier will be a 12 sided die:
And the bottom tier will be the TOP half of a 20 sided die:
Does anyone have any tips on how to pull this off and actually have it look good with clean, sharp edges? I'm nervous!
I hate to say this, but once you get beyond the square, you really need full sized, paper templates to create the 3D geometry.
The 12 sided die is a dodecahedron. http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/dodecahedron-model.html
The 10 sided die is an icosahedron. http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/icosahedron-model.html
The icosahedron is pretty simple to visualize. The dodecahedron is another story.
Now, all that said, I'm going to be brutal. The only way I MIGHT do these is as dummies--dummies cut by a company that has the machinery and product stock to make lots & lots of mistakes. With all of the cutting & fitting, I'd charge a buttload of money for them and the decorating of them, too.
As real cake..............$$$$$$$$$ because one wrong cut or paste and I have to rebake an entire cake. I'd also have to start with a very large cake and there'd be a lot of waste.
My husband made these as paper models with my son years ago. He's a very bright, mild mannered man with a genius IQ and he was very frustrated by the process.
On the flip side, I find carving pretty easy to do by eye.
In the case of these I would round off the stacked cakes and then using a paper template draw on the shapes and then cut them in the appropriate places. You make a little mistake? stick the cake you shouldn't have cut off back on using BC. Simples.