Tilted Cake Construction Tutorial?

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boysmomintx Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 5:13am
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I was looking for instructions for tilted, whimsey, or topsy turvy cake instructions. I know there are instructions on this site, and I found 1 more set on the web, but I was wondering (Cali4dawn or someone else) if you have better instructions. It's just easier to see step by step with these cakes. Earlene Moore www.earlenescakes.com even said that you could do the top cake of each layer a little larger so that it's just off set and looks tilted with the fondant over it. Does this make sense?

Thanks in advance. I am addicted to this site (and sometimes have trouble doing my medical transcription work now). Oops! thumbs_up.gif

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GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:05pm
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Believe it or not- I've never made one. I'm not crazy about them. To me they are very cartoonish and only appropriate for Dr. Seuss type celebrations. Most birthday celebrations don't have enough people attending to warrant that many servings.

I've never seen one I thought was "pretty." I think they are cute and jovial and well put together, but not pretty (as in for a wedding).

It's probably going to be rare when I have the occasion to justify one.

Just my opinion folks.

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Ladycake Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:26pm
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To be able to see this your going to have to go and register but I think this is what your looking for ...

Cali4dawn the one that DonnaK Made that is in the Step by step area do you think that one will work??


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boysmomintx Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:33pm
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I actually found one that I think was pretty that was a wedding cake on the webshots site when I did the keyword "whimsey." It was all white and real elegant looking. I think done right they are nice. When they are not, they just look weird. icon_smile.gif

Thanks for your help anyway, and thanks LadyCakes.


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GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:42pm
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Yeah, I was going to suggest Donna's, Vic... thanks! I was too lazy to look it up and I knew you would come along and could get to it faster than I could (think dial-up)! hehehehehe

Jennifer- it's all a psychological thing with me... those cakes are supposed to look like they are tipping over and that's just not how I want my wedding/future marriage represented... I just take that very seriously.... I know, I know.... but I think about those things.

When Joan's brother got married he did not want any of those pictures where it looks like he's trying to get away. He said he only ever wanted to move toward his bride.. I was so proud... I think of stuff like that too. We can have fun... but not in a way that it looks like we're crumbling to the ground and happy about it.

See.... I think too much!! LOL!

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Lisa Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:55pm
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Colette Peters gives some good instructions in her books on how to do these cakes. Her's are so incredible. She claims to have invented the idea. She was on the early show and gave a lot of pointers. Maybe they will help you or you could get her latest book Cakes To Dream On.


Making A Cake Crooked, On Purpose

I made my first topsy-turvy cake for a book by John Loring entitled "Tiffany Taste," in 1985. I was asked by him to make something wacky and whimsical, but had no other guidelines, so I was a little nervous. I thought making a crooked cake would be playful and ironic, since making a cake as straight as possible so it doesn't fall over is the number one goal of every cake maker. I don't think I had ever before seen a cake made crooked on purpose. Since it didn't fall over, I had the confidence to make many crooked cakes in different configurations, colors, sizes and styles.

The main thing to remember when making a crooked cake is that you need to have enough stabilizing supports in the cake to keep it from falling over, especially if you have to deliver it in its completed state, which I don't recommend but its sometimes unavoidable. (Try to put the cake together when you get to the party if at all possible.) I use sharpened dowels inserted into the tiers as I build it so that it is very difficult for the cake to fall over.

Here are some guidelines for making a crooked cake:

Always sketch the design first, preferably on graph paper, to make sure that what you are planning is doable.

One method for making a cake crooked is to use Styrofoam wedges between normal-shape cake tiers. This way, the wedges make the cake look crooked when stacked, even though the cakes are straight.

Another method is to cut the top and/or bottom of the cake crooked, so you will not need any wedges between the layers.

When you stack the tiers, using either method, do so as you would a normal cake, with dowels in each tier. Make sure, though, that you put the dowels in each tier once they will not give support. Then put one long sharpened dowel through the entire cake and into the base.

Put any top ornaments on the cake after you arrive at your destination.

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boysmomintx Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 10:02pm
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icon_confused.gif I guess that now I think about what you said, I think that does make sense, Cali4dawn. LOL I just don't really understand them, and it kind of drives me crazy. I am just going to have to dig in and do it if I ever want to learn.

It's just hard convincing my husband I need to practice when there's no $$ envolved. Plus, the laundry, dishes, etc., need to be done. Not to mention working from home with a 5 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and 5 month old (all boys). icon_cry.gif I need 5 more hours in a day. LOL

Anyone elses hubby's hate cakes? I have 2 degrees, and my husband thinks I am crazy for making cakes. I like it!! He kind of thinks cakes are crazy, messy, and not worth the time and money.

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cupcakequeen Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 10:12pm
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I have an education degree! I love teaching! Enjoy teaching and learning with children. But I love and enjoy cake decorating waaaayyyyy more icon_smile.gif

Do what you love and what makes you happy! Yeah, it's messy, costly and takes up a lot of time...but one day it can make you a lot of money if that's your goal!

"Let 'em eat cake!" icon_razz.gif

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susanmm23 Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 10:20pm
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I made one of these cakes a few weeks ago. As soon as i get a pic i will post it. It was for a sweet sixteen party for my cousin. It was my first big cake to make and it turned out better than i had imagined. I think they are cute birthday cakes and it was alot easier than i thought it would be. i used 2 dowel rods and a cake board between each layer. Once you get the design down its pretty easy from there.

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Lisa Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 10:25pm
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cupcakequeen...I have an education degree too! What I'd really like to do someday is combine my love for cake decorating with teaching and teach cake decorating.

boysmomintx...my DH isn't a big fan of my hobby either. Cake pans are taking up space in his garage icon_wink.gif. I think he tolerates it because I tolerate his golf habit!

Can't wait to see your cake susanmm23

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boysmomintx Posted 19 Mar 2005 , 1:32am
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Hmmm....something about teachers and cakes? I am an English major (secondary teaching) and I have a medical transcription degree. My hubby doesn't even eat cake, so he really hates it. I don't have enough pans to take over the garage yet. Working on that one.

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tcturtleshell Posted 19 Mar 2005 , 5:53am
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That's funny because my hubby doesn't really like me doing it either! He likes eating the cake but he thinks I spend way too much time baking, leveling, icing, & decorating. He comes up w/ some smart remark that makes me mad everytime I'm baking. I spend a lot of time online researching & on here... & he gets mad about that. BUT I shut him up the other day! I told him when I used to play games on yahoo... I stayed up till the same time every night, spent the same time everyday online that I am now... He shut up! He is worried about me spending so much time on my feet though so I have to remember that before I dig into him. I've been having health problems for about a year now. That's why I'm not working. That's why I took the Wilton cake course! That's why I'm decorating! Because I was bored! LOL!! Now I'm never bored!!! I love decorating!!!!!! I can't believe I've waited so long to learn!!!

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2txmedics Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 3:39pm
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lol, Im a Licensed Medic, and love doing cakes and learning more and more, and with that comes practice!!!!

They love to eat cake, but hate that all else falls behind when Im making and working with cakes....lol

My crooked cake would fall over or break in 1/2 when Im doweling....Im a viusal person for step by steps, and how to's...

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