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post #16 of 35

Well you could build it like my icecream cake. I used a steal plumbing pipe from the hardware store with a flange attached to a piece of plywood. Then cut pieces of PVC pipe the same as each layer.

Stick the pvc into the cake. Clean out the cake from the PVC so you can slide it over the pipe. Then place the next cake. Use the acrylic wilton boards without the flanges on the bottom. So its just a plate. Drill a hole in the center of all those the same size as the pipe. Then just slide each cake over the pipe. I'm not sure how you are doing the letters but I would do as stated above and make them out of styrofoam. Also the bottom tiers are moved in enough but the ones above would need to be moved in more for my plan to work. Also the bottom of the plates will show since they are white so you have to find a way to cover them.

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Then why the I AM DESPERATE PLEASE HELP ME: Cake design Help....Please... I really need help!!!
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post #18 of 35
I did a similar lettering on the Uno cake in my gallery, I wanted it to be one single piece of gumpaste so I drew it on paper then used that as a template, using a veining tool to define the edges where the letters met. I put toothpicks in while it was still soft so that I'd be able to stand it up on top of the cake.
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post #19 of 35

I prefer the round look to square, but I would just pull them in a little, I think they are too far out, and I would lose a tier.

You will need to build a structure using a heavy solid base, PVC pipe and I would suggest acrylic for the cake boards. No foam core, cake rounds, etc.

 

I would just use Styrofoam for the letters, do them ahead of time, they will be hard to make look just right. There is a green floral foam, not the kind you put water in, but the kind used for silks, it is way easier to carve.

 

Will all those tiers be cake? If not, that also opens up a lot of design possibilities.

post #20 of 35

well i mean if you have plenty of time and said 'desperate' just to get some attention--please try the pate choux paste--it is an incredible tool--i don't know why everybody doesn't use it--it's so lightweight--all the boo boo pieces are crunchy and edible buttery good--you can make tons of back up pieces--you can pipe a few, bake them see how it goes, tweak here and there pipe some more--they last for weeks --can be made way in advance--you can keep a bag of paste in the fridge and make some more--someone should do a tutorial--it's the bombshabomb

 

i'm really relieved that it's not crunch time on this project--whew~~~

 

i have some other cake photos on another computer--brb..

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I didn't write DESPERATE to get attention bc of time crunch I wrote it bc I need to buy all products and have a plan bc his bar mitzvah has a million other components that I need to worry about. I am definitely going to try that pate choux bc it sounds pretty neat. I can color it, right? Can I put disco dust on it too? It seems like it would be too soft to be able to stick out of a cake? Also, I'm definitely going to use the cake stackers system for support as it seems really durable. I guess I can take away a tier, but I really wanted to get the height. Still just want to bang out the design and determine whether letters should be grouped and stuck in like 2 and the word the together and then MAX each letter individually tooth picked and stuck in....have to check the UNO cake too.
post #22 of 35

if you make it soft it will be too soft

 

if  you make it like this name or the fireworks it will be awesome

 

i got this line of thought from none other than jacques torres who had a short lived tv show and he made a multi tiered stand out of pate choux--so it's way possible to get your lettering

 

maybe i should break out the video camera and do a tutorial...

 

 

 

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post #23 of 35

i'd avoid the disco so they could eat it--boys especially love to eat special decor

 

just my opinion

 

but disco use is an individual decision--are you sure none of your guests have crohn's or anything?

 

not trying to get anything started--just an honest answer--it's your decision

 

but yes you could apply disco if you wanted to

 

the fireworks just has sugar on it for sparkle-- it was for a 90 year old lady if memory serves

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post #24 of 35

I understand wanting to make your son's cake but are you going to have any use for all this equipment afterwards? 

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post #25 of 35
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Excellent. So does the pate choux get hard by baking it longer or leaving it out to harden?
post #26 of 35
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I wouldn't have the kids eat the letters bc they are going to have so many other dessert options. I just want it to sparkle!
post #27 of 35
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Yeah, I will actually use this stacking system for all of my cakes afterwards. It makes them so sturdy and easier to deliver!
post #28 of 35
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Excellent. So does the pate choux get hard by baking it longer or leaving it out to harden?

 

 

baking at the right temperature--it does brown too so it's a balancing act a bit but if you're gonna color it from sea to shining sea like the "Rachel" --you're good

 

here's a good example of how not to do it ;) there's always plenty of that huh

 

i think someone paid toward ingredients and i did the cake or something but i felt no compunction to be all detailed -- i never feel like being perfect--and it didn't look this bad in person--let's see is that enough disclaimers--and i shoulda baked off more pate choux but it was a freebie--there i've groveled enough ;)

 

 

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post #29 of 35
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I wouldn't have the kids eat the letters bc they are going to have so many other dessert options. I just want it to sparkle!

 

 

using plastic lettering is an option then ;)

 

boys will eat it unless you make a fuss about it--or discard it--they love to eat stuff like that--

 

sugar sparkles too--

 

it's food --

 

and it's entirely your decision just wanted to put this out there --

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post #30 of 35
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I totally realize that it is food and is edible.  The children unfortunately won't even have access to eat the letters on the cake.  It will be displayed for a candle lighting ceremony during which my son will be the only one near the cake and then, the cake gets wheeled out by the caterer and is sliced for adults to eat.  The children will have a candy/dessert table during which they will fill bags with an absurd amount of candy; they sadly probably won't even realize the cake is gone!!!!!!  But, my son will be thrilled and I love that he has such a strong opinion of what he wants.  We cakemakers LOVE a good challenge!!!!!  Your help has been priceless!  Thank you so much!!!!

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