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I am a hobby baker and only have been baking since January 2013..I have made several theme cakes 2 of which were Wilton Cover cakes--my first cake was the zebra cake--the second cake was the candy land /ice cream cone cake--both turned out really well and I even added some extra embellishments!! I have also done  Louis Vuitton, camoflage, Tiffany Box Baby&Co., Hot Wheels, 4 3-tiered misc design cakes not including Hello Kitty cake pops, cupcakes, etc. Anyway, my daughter wants me to bake her wedding cake and this is it..I need to mention that I am also the wedding planner and overseer of all things wedding including making her centerpieces. From what I can tell, the 2 bottom layers are not cake but some type of structure covered in fabric and bling [the square one] and the one on top of that may be a styrofoam dummy?  Any ideas?? Support ideas?? Is the shimmer spray or dust?? Does anyone know where I can find more information on this cake?--she just sent me the picture but does not know where it came from...thank you pros!!

 

 

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What sizes do you think they are..12, 10, 8 and 6 maybe? How are the diamonds made?..pressed on, traced and strips crissed-crossed?..but wouldn't that overlap in the X points? How do I make sure of my spacing so that my lines are perfect? I'm anal!!

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Wow!  That is some cake!

 

I think you are right in saying that the bottom two tiers are dummies.  I don't know about the next one up, but how many dummies you use would depend on how many servings of cake you need.

 

With regards to the shimmer, one of the best ways to get the look is to mix some lustre dust with vodka and paint it on with a rounded brush (like for blusher).  This will give you a good coverage and not leave brush strokes, but you will need quite a lot of lustre dust for the area you need to cover.  I'd suggest painting it once the embellishments are on the cake, otherwise you risk smudging the finish.

 

For supporting such a massive and important cake, I'd suggest you go with the SPS system or a similar kind if you can get it, as that will give you peace of mind.

 

Make sure that you do as much ahead of time as possible (baking then freezing tiers, etc) as it sounds like you will have a lot on your plate!  Make sure you have people around to help you set up the cake as you will be wanting to keep an eye on everything else, as well as enjoy your daughter's big day!

 

It might be worth your while to practice the painting technique (and anything else that is new to you) well in advance so that you can work out any issues that might arise without giving yourself too much stress.

 

I hope this goes well, and keep us posted.
 

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With regards to the criss-cross, I think from the picture they do over-lap.  Just make them not too thick and it'll be fine.  I'd measure everything out carefully with a ruler so that you get an even spacing between them all the way round the cake.

 

Jessicakes' wax paper technique might be helpful for getting nice straight and even lines.

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..thank you sooooo much Lizzie!! I was going to use a spray mist. Can I use the Wilton Silver Pearl Dust? You have given me great advice!          What size do you think the tiers are though?

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I'm not too good at eyeballing sizes, but I would say that 6/8/10/12 sounds about right.

 

The only thing with the spray is that it doesn't give a very thick coverage, so you'd need to do several coats..  Also, you'd have to spray the strips before putting them on the cake to avoid getting it on the rest of the cake, and that risks the fondant marking or stretching when you try to put it on the cake.
 

One thing you could do to decrease the number of coats you'd need is to make the fondant a pale grey colour before-hand - that way you've not got so far to go to get the depth of colour that you want.

 

I really would recommend you use the lustre powder/vodka painting method as it is much simpler and gives a better coverage.  If you'd prefer not to use vodka then you can use lemon juice.

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thanks Lizzie, I will definitely used the vodka/dust..but we don't have Lustre Dust here..we have Wilton..is that ok?

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I have no experience in the matter, but here is a thread on the topic:

 

http://cakecentral.com/t/597058/luster-dust-vs-wilton-shimmer-dust

 

Try getting a small amount to try it out and see how you find it.
 

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Agreed to the comment about Jessicakes' technique.  Do as much sketching as possible beforehand.  Templates would be very helpful.

 

It does look to be 6-8-10-12 tier grouping.  And also agree to the suggestion that the bottom two are dummies - I've not seen a 13" cake pan yet.  I know they make 14" square ones, though.  I just did this tier combination with dense cakes, and used boba straws between the layers.  Had good luck doing so.  That baby was heavy!!!
 

post #11 of 50

I hate to  be the one that disagrees.  I don't think it's 6 -8 -10 -12

If  it was it would look more like this  

Your cake is broader.  Don't get me wrong, I think it may look better being slimmer looking.  But right now I believe the picture you want to replicate is 6 - 9 - 12 & 15

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Lynne - On second thought, I am inclined to agree with you... looking closer, the layers do appear to be more than an inch wide on either side of the tier above it.  Your measurements make much more sense. 
 

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Here is a 6,8,10,12
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Here is a 6,9,12, 15
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