A[IMG]http://www.cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3309563/width/200/height/400[/IMG] I was asked to make this type of cake. This is the first time making something this big and carved. I was wondering how to decide the size. Any advice on anything help would me. Thank you.
AThe size should be determined by the number of servings. Standard piece is 1" x 2" at 4" tall. Since the shape is basically a rectangle that should be easy to figure and the add a few more pieces for the front. Are you making the cap too? That's a simple round. Fortunately the shape is simple. I think I've seen tutorials on cakes like this when I was doing this little sinking Titanic cake. Check out google and you tube.
AThank you for the advice. I'm doing the cap too. I'm not worried about that, ☺ it's easy. The cake is to feed 125. I just didn't know how to get the size right. Once I get that I think I can figure out the other stuff. Being the first time making something that isn't a tiered cake kinda scares me.
AYou got this
I beg to differ on the info Pastrybaglady said. One 8x24x2 cake isn't going to give her the stacked/layers needed as show in the pic :(
I'd probably start w/two 12x16 or 12x18s and maybe an 8" sq; cut 1 in 1/2 long ways and stack (resulting in a 6x16or18x4 cake) then trim nose to "V"; now cut the next one in 1/2 but before stacking trim about 3 or 4" from one 1/2- you now have a layer appx. 6"x12x2". That goes on top of the one w/the V. Don't forget before you stack it put it on a cake board cut to size because you have to dowel to bottom 'tier' to hold the weight of these upper layers.
From The other 1/2 cut 4"-5" from the length and stack on top of the rest. Cut the sq in 1/2 and place so it is 8x16 but trim it down to 6"x10". You should now have the 3 'upper decks' stair step look shown in the pic.
The cut off pieces make the little sq on the back top of the ship. I think that should give you close to the # you need (along w/the 'hat').
AOh no, not one layer! 4" high is standard so at least 2 layers and more height could be gotten if the two layers were further torted. I was just talking about the footprint. My main point is the math. There are many ways to get 100 slices (all 4" high). 8 x 25; 10 x 20, etc... sorry if I wasn't clear.