I have an order for a bridal shower cake. The mother of the bride wants a 2-tiered cake, and she wants each tier shaped like a chinese lantern. I've worked with a circular cake only once in the past. I used a glass baking bowl to bake a rounded cake. Does anyone have any suggestions for baking this shape? Is it feasible to stack two circular cakes on top of one another? I was thinking of suggesting one large cake in the shape of a lantern, rather than 2 stacked lanterns. Any advice would REALLY be appreciated. Thank you!!
They make ball pans. I have a 6" and I know they make a bigger one. I would use the ball pans and make a large ball for the bottom layer and a small ball for the top layer. I would slice off a little cake on the top of the big ball and the bottom of the little ball and put a small circular cardboard in between. I would put a support tube in the bottom ball to support the cardboard and the small 6" ball. Then I would drive a dowel through both cakes and into the board.
If you don't want to bake in a bowl or need different sizes you can always bake in rounds then carve them to give them the rounded shape you need. I agree with the above posted about giving the bottom of the top and the top of the bottom cake a flatter surface.