Need Assistance W/ Carving

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AgentCakeBaker Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 3:36pm
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Hello fellow bakers

I was asked to do a 3D cake for a 28th birthday. The cake isn't due until 11/29 but I need to practice. She doesn't want a #28 lying down she actually wants it standing up.

I don't know where to begin!!!! icon_redface.gif I kind of do but I don't want to start until I receive some advice or expertise from my cakecentral family.

Do I begin with stacking layers of cakes? Then carving? How in the world would I carve a #2 and #8?

PLEASE HELP!! Any instructions would be greatly appreciated!

Oh and she says the theme is Vegas High Rollers so I need to the cake to sit on top of a casino table.

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Postal_Cakemaker Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 4:00pm
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I'm just adding this as a bump.

I'm a beginner too but I would make it this way. I'd make the 28 out of rice crispy treats so they could stand up and be the bigger part and make other parts of the "Vegas theme" 3D also. Like dice could be 2 smaller square cakes. Chips out of fondant/icing?

Hope this helps!!

Add pics when you make it!!

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Sandy2008 Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 4:06pm
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Below is a photo of a cake from Charm City cakes. The numbers don't look like cake. I was thinking they could be made out of rice crispies covered with fondant. Maybe supported with a BBQ meat skewers stuck into the cake too for support. The casino table could be the cake. Good luck and make sure you send a photo!

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AgentCakeBaker Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 5:18pm
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Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately she wants the #28 to be cake so I couldn't use the rice crispies. Maybe I should consult with my client to let her know of additional ways to have a 3D #28.

Any other ideas are welcomed as well.

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CakeMommyTX Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 5:47pm
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AgentCakeBaker- I used to live in Douglasville Ga, we used to go to Stone Mountain for soccer tournaments.
I miss Ga it was so beautiful, we actually had all 4 seasons there.
Here in Houston our seasons are hot and not so hot.

As far as the cake goes, I'm thinking you would need to make an armature to put the cake on in order to support the parts of the 2 and 8 that did'nt have anything under them. Does that make sense?
Maybe you should pm Doug, he's a genius when it comes to stuff like this.
Good Luck.

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Lil_Belle Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 7:16pm
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I would go back to the client and let them know that this sounds like a disaster in the making. 28 made out of cake just doesn't sound like it would stable enough to really hold up...IMHO. Good luck!

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Doug Posted 14 Nov 2008 , 10:38pm
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strong WOOD base into which you can insert (glue and screw) dowels and a slanted board.

the #2 -- slanted board (idea borrowed from Duff and a dog he made). board is inset into base (glue and tack w/ brad nails). For extra stability it would be wise to add metal angle brackets to the board that attach to the base on the acute angle side (bent inward side). Then into it are inset masonite cake boards. These form a slanted ladder to hold the layers (2") of cake. Top masonite board will need angle bracket under it attached to slant board to be truly stable. Add cake layers and carve away. The down portion of the 2 is RKT or styrofoam(probably the better choice)

the #8, is just lots of layers stacked and doweled (LEAH bonks me and says use SPS instead) -- 2 very long dowels that are inset into baseboard rise up through layers to tie all together other than that its just standard stacked style but with 2 smaller boards to either side of opening. mid-section of each part is a 3" (1 - 2" layer and half a 2" layer)


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newnancy Posted 14 Nov 2008 , 10:54pm
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You're a genius, how do you do it!

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AgentCakeBaker Posted 18 Nov 2008 , 2:57pm
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Thank you so much Doug! I'll get started and practice with this on Saturday! I really appreciate your assistance! icon_biggrin.gif

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