Instead Of Buying Octagon Pans Can I Cut A Square??

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peacockplace Posted 11 May 2005 , 8:51pm
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I was just thinking. To make an octagon can I cut the four corners off a suqare? If that works then I wouldn't have to buy new pans. Has anyone done it or do you think it will work?

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m0use Posted 11 May 2005 , 8:54pm
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I just drew it on paper and counted the number of sides that would bring, that would work! Brilliant idea!

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stephanie214 Posted 11 May 2005 , 10:27pm
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If you partially freeze it first, it should cut more easily and be less crumblly. Hope this helps. icon_wink.gif

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msmeg Posted 12 May 2005 , 1:19pm
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I would say it depends on what you are doing with it if doing a stacked wedding cake I would say no it decreases the strength of a cake when you trim off the edges of the cake for some reason.

but a single 2 layer cake I would say go for it minimum if a wedding cake I would buy the large lower pan that holds most of the weight.

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awela Posted 12 May 2005 , 5:03pm
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Yes, you can. I have Colette Peters's books and I have read about this issue in one of them. She even has an illustration on how to do it. It's very simple , just measure the ends where the corners meet and slice them diagonally. Of course, cakes must be frozen as they need to be hard for this procedure.

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llj68 Posted 12 May 2005 , 9:10pm
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I say go for it, but I also agree with Msmeg. When you cut the edges of a cake off--it weakens the structure so only do it on small cakes that are not going to bear a lot of weight.

If I was going to build a big cake out of it, I wouldn't cut the edges. It would scare me way too much.


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