I made the cake I posted for a wedding Saturday. It's the first quilted cake I've done. The 3 bottom tiers are dummies, and the top being a real cake. I had no problems with the quilting on the dummies at all...probably because they are firm, and easy to deal with. However, doing the real cake was a whole different monster! It took me 2 tries to get it where I was ok with it. It was of course softer than the dummies, and seemed to "billow" (for lack of a better word) out more than the dummies (of course there wasn't any butter cream underneath to mush around). I had the slightest bit of butter cream under the real cake, as thin as I could go...and it still seems to be too much, and IMO looked more like pillows than quilting. Not only that, but the fondant came from the same batch, and the fondant on the real cake looks like a different color than on the dummies.
My question is: How do you get that nice quilting on a real cake? Do it with a frozen cake? I love the look, but after doing that one little 6" top cake, I don't know if I would want to do it again...which make me sad
Any tricks to this? Thanks for any help!