Newer Decrator Trying To Create A Sculpted Cake

Decorating By ernesta Updated 25 Feb 2009 , 11:23pm by ernesta

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ernesta Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 6:38pm
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Hi Everyone! talk about biting off more than you can chew... Fresh out of my Wilton decorating classes, I agreed to make the cake for my friend's daughter's 1st birthday.

She said she wanted a crown, and I suggested rather than do a "sheet" cake, let's make it a vertical crown instead (I think I had just finished watching one of those cake shows on tv, like Amazing Wedding Cakes or something...)! I even found the picture of the theme for her!

Well, she loved the idea, and now I'm stuck trying to figure this out. To practice, I carved a rocket cake (used a 46oz metal food can to bake it, carved one end into a cone, and covered the whole thing in fondant) using pound cake per my instructor for my son's birthday and that was an experience, let me tell you!

Here's what I need to know:

1. To make this a vertical crown, I was thinking - (2) 3" round layers for the base. For 60 ppl what size would you suggest?

2. To make the top of the crown, I was thinking a 3rd 3" layer would I get those steep sloping edges??

3. Would you recommend using fondant to cover it? I was told in no uncertain terms not to cover in more BC than I would need to adhere fondant. My other option is whipped cream, but I don't have a large enough fridge to refrigerate it... so i guess that's not going to be a real option unless there's a wc that can stand at room temp for a bit. If there is such an aminal, which would you recommend for covering the cake? I have to attach the little red balls (no clue yet what to use for those!), and pipe a message on the front so whic would be better for that?

I really appreciate any and all suggestions. I was riding high from the sale of my first ever commisioned cake this past weekend, and this project has definitely brought me back to Earth! icon_eek.gif

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JanH Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 10:34pm
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Hi and Welcome to CC, ernesta. icon_smile.gif

Decoding CC acronyms:

Another option might be to make a r/i tiara topper for a tiered cake or even a pillow cake. (Would even work for a sheet cake.)

How to Make a Royal Icing Tiara:

More tiara/crown templates:
(Will have to search for one you like.)

How to Make a Pillow Cake:
(Has R/I tiara topper.)

Covering w/fondant (b/c underneath) is a much better choice than decorating with whipping cream.

Everything you need to know to bake, assemble and decorate a tiered/stacked/layer cake:

Above thread has popular doctored cake mix recipes, Crisco and hi-ratio b/c recipes as well as fondant recipes - and so much more!

Duplicate post, please also see:


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ernesta Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 11:23pm
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This information is phenomenal! i think I like the idea of a tira on a pillow cake even better. I can trace the design from the partyware in r/i so she still has that continuity, and save myself the headache and make the pillow for the cake! Thank you all SO much! icon_biggrin.gif

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