I am making a birthday cake for a friend next week and she wants two tiers (even though there will be leftovers) and I thought I might try a topsy turvy. I have never tried one before and she has no stipulations except that the icing be buttercream and hot pink. I don't want to make a super huge cake because that's just excessive. I read a tutorial on here and think I will use the method where you bake three layers for each tier in graduated sizes and was thinking that the top tier would consist of 4-5-6 and the bottom tier 6-7-8. Is the top tier too small? Am I going to have issues? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
No one? I'll just have to wing it!
I have used a jumbo muffin for the top tier - I think it was a 3" bottom, 3.5" at the top...the second tier was a 5" cake before carving.
no, you shouldn't have issues due to using those sizes.
I've used a 7 tapered, 6 tapered, and 5 tapered(that one was a little tricky).
I don't use the graduated layers to assemble...gives me more control over the tapering (IMMHO)...
in buttercream too
i have done a two tier topsy (in my photos the mario one) i used the different sized layers as you want to. mine was 4, 5, 6 (top) and 6, 7, 8 (bottom) i had a few problems with carving the top tier as the bottom of it was only4" but i managed it in the end! just ensure you use a dense cake recipe! HTH
If the amount of cake you'll end up with is an issue, why not do one of the layers with a cake dummy? Just a thought.
Also, when doing a topsy turvy you do not have to do graduated layers. You can bake all one size and taper them as you see fit. Less filling in the unevenness if that makes sense.
Good Luck and have fun!
I just recently did a topsy-turvy (the pink and purple in my pics) I did NOT use graduated layers. I used 3 layers of 8 inch and 3 layers of 6 inch. Carved and tapered. I also use the "cut a whole out of the bottom cake" method. HTH
In my photos is an Alice in Wonderland cake that the bottom tier (Mad Hatter's Hat) is a dummy, then the next two layers are a 6" and a 4". It could have easily been TT without having too much cake like jewels710 said. Also I did a TT of Nightmare Before Christmas last week that as a 6" TT with a 4" on top. I baked four 4" cakes for the top. Having the top layer be really tall added to the turviness. Good luck!
Thanks guys! I want to do the graduated layers method because I'm afraid if I try and carve it myself I won't do it evenly. In my carving experience thus far, I am not very good at getting a symmetrical shape. One side will more tapered than the other! But, I also don't like having to fill in holes due to the graduated layers! I'll just have to try it out and see.
Thanks KHalstead! Definitely helps to see a picture! How many dowels did you use in the bottom cake to support the top one? And did you use a central dowel?
I used 3 dowels in a triangle (hollow plastic dowels) and I did use a central dowel because the customer was driving with it and I didn't want it to topple. Doesn't look like it in the photos by that top tier when it's tapered down to 4" is SOOOO tiny so I wanted to make sure it was secure!
Thanks so much for asking this question. I was literally just about to ask the same thing. Need to do a cake to serve about 12, so wanted to do a 6" and a 4" topsy turvy - didn't fancy carving a polystrene dummy! Now i know that's not crazy small i'll give it a go!