I haven't done many carved/shaped cakes. Do you usually fill them? I am working on a Barbie cake for later in the week. I have a 2qt measuring bowl (shape is very similar to Wonder Mold pan) to bake the dress in and will put an 8 in round under it to give it a bit more height. Will be using a doll pick, not a whole doll. Just wondering if you would try to fill or just put a thin layer of frosting between the domed cake and the 8 in. I really feel like filling "makes" a cake and hate to go with out it, but definitely worry about how it will affect the stability. I also wonder how it would affect a cake for carving.
On the one you are doing I would say no. I do fill my cakes that I carve but they are different parts stacked (such as my purse cake). But I wouldn't try torting and filling what you are doing. Although I would between the bowl and the round layer.
In my gallery, there is a doll cake. It is not the best one - it is made by children, I just did bake the cake layers. It is torted and filled with no problems. Well, the only problem was that we haven't got enough time to let the cake set. On the other hand, the cake didn't have time to come apart.
But to your question - bake it as whole, torte it if you want. Crumbcoat the cake, let it set, best if you can overnight. Then, decorate.
stack-carve-mark for placement-unstack-split and fill, making sure to place them in the proper order....also, dowel and board/cake circle 1/2 way up for ease of cutting and serving-crumb coat-allow to settle-trim again if necessary-ice and decorate
split-stack-carve-mark for placement-unstack-fill, making sure to replace them in proper order...also, dowel and board/cake circle 1/2 way up for ease of cutting and serving-crumb coat-allow to settle-trim again if necessary-ice and decorate
I was thinking only between the 8in and the dress, I am afraid that torting the dome will mess up the line, I will probably fill between the cakes and maybe bring extra filling to the party and people can add a spoonful if they wish.
Look in my gallery. There are several carved/shaped/3D cakes, all torted and filled. It doesn't mess up the line even unfrosted you can hardly see a difference, once it is frosted (and covered in sugarpaste), you cannot say if a cake is torted and filled or solid. But it is your preference how to do it - there isn't really wrong way to do it.