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Help making a "slide" down a square cake?

post #1 of 10
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Hi all!

So the time has come to make my son's 4th birthday cake... and he's again wanting a Cars themed cake. This time, i managed to order a pan from WIlliams-Sonoma in the US so I can bake mini-cakes of the Cars as "decoration" but those mini-cakes will be put on a bigger one... Basically my idea is to put 2 square 12" cakes side by side to make the "base" and then in the top corner of one of them, would put an 8" square. That would serve as the "start-line" of the race... at first was going to make a race-track along 3 sides of the 8" but when I looked at the size of the cars, realized that would be too narrow... so figured to go along just 2 sides... and sorta carve it to come sliding down the cake... does that make any sense? THis "race-track" would then make its way along the base cakes to the "finish-line" at the far end... (not sure yet if it will be down the middle, or up along one of the sides... Anyway... Just wondered if anyone had any tips about how to do the "slide" bit? Or any better ideas about the cake perhaps? hehe!!

THanks a million in advance!!

Best,

Vicky
post #2 of 10
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Anyone? Please pretty please?
post #3 of 10
I got nothin'. So sorry. I've seen roadways up the sides of cakes (wedding cakes) and have wondered how in the heck they did it. Wait, something just came to me. More of an elevated race track. What about baking a shallow cake in a tube pan or a stadium pan and putting it on a sheet cake and carving it to resemble a slide.
post #4 of 10
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Hi DeniseNH!

Thanks so much for your response! I guess I didn't quite descibe it right... I've been looking through the tutorials.. and what I sorta mean is the "spiral" cake here http://cakecentral.com/tutorial/page/3

... except that a) for some reason, my browser won't let me see any pics besides the finished one right at the top... and b) I'm talking about a square cake.. and c) it wouldn't be going all the way around the whole square.. but just from (for example) top left corner, down and round to bottom right corner... does that make any sense? Ugh.. I'm so bad at describing this! and I so need help! lol! I'm feeling really stressed and disorganized this year! sigh!

anyway.. thanks again for trying to help!! Much appreciated! Was starting to give up! hehe!

Best,

Vicky
post #5 of 10
Why does it have to be square? Since it's a spiral, you could use the round cakes on top and just have it end on a square cake. I think you would just end up carving a ton of cake off the square to get the spiral since a spiral is naturally rounded...or am I still missing what you're trying to do?
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post #6 of 10
Maybe looking a this picture you can figure how to do it, I would just do a figure 8 with half gumpaste half fondant and then letting it dry to the shape of my liking
http://www.arteenazucar.com/tortas/galeria_hotwheels.html

hth
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you sillywabbitz and cakeladyatLA for your responses! I guess I could consider using a round cake on top... but think the square would be a bit nicer... i don't want it to spiral all the way down anyway... I just want it to be almost like a ramp down 2 sides of it... does that make more sense? I wish I could somehow draw a picture of what i mean! lol!!

Anyway.. thanks again! And hope my post isn't too confusing and you, or someone else can help me figure this out!

best,
Vicky
post #8 of 10
I just now posted a photo of my finished cake based on the spiral tutorial. What Berecca instructed was to add an extra piece of cake next to your main cake and use it to make the ramp. You actually cut into the main cake as well on a round spiral cake, but on a square one, it seems to me that you could just add two ramps to the sides. Berecca put the extra cakes on their sides to accomplish her spiral. It worked great for me!
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks FACSlady for your input! Am trying to picture it in my head... and can almost get what you mean... you didn't by any chance take pics as you decorated? Great and very cute snowman cake by the way! icon_surprised.gif)

Best,

Vicky
post #10 of 10
No, Vicky, but I did save the tutorial pictures to my documents, so I'll PM them to you.
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