Originally Posted by carmijok
Are you even ready to do a cake of that size and magnitude? I looked at your gallery and I only saw a couple of small 2-tier cakes among a few other layer cakes.
A 4-tier cake with those sizes is a BIG heavy cake. Have you considered the structure involved? Do you know how long it will take you to do this cake? Because believe me, it will take twice as long as you think it will...and a lot more costs to account for than you realize.
I agree 100%. I am a hobby baker, but have done about six 3-4 tier cakes and one large cake project with 4 cakes (12/10/8/6) on separate stands. I keep thinking I'll get "faster" since I make mistakes (er....have opportunities to learn....) on each project.
I just did this cake (as a gift) for a stranger. (Long story.....my unlicensed hobby version of an Icing Smiles cake.). This sucker took me about 20-30 hours, cost about $50, and I STILL screwed up on the middle tier. [The middle tier was white cake and by the time I torted and filled with raspberry and lemon, it got fat and squishy and unstable and barely held together under the fondant. That is why it is "rounded" and the cake is leaning.]
This was a very important cake for this young person, so I soldiered on and did the best I could. Even with all my classes and practice and tools and ingredients, it STILL was messed up (albeit acceptable).
I strongly suggest you do a practice 4 tier before making a promise and/or commitment. (I jokingly told my family that if I was charging for this cake, I would charge $10,000 because it was so aggravating!)