I seem to have math issues when trying to figure out how long to roll out fondant when cutting a stripe for cakes.
So heres what I need:
If i have an 8" cake how long should a 'ribbon base' be?
and so on? Never get it right and me a seams dont get along.
pi X diameter = circumference
3.14 X 8" = 25.12"
3.14 x 6" = 18.84"
just multiply whatever size the cake is times 3.14 (pi).
For round cakes:
Where D is the diameter of the cake and PI = 3.14 (it's enough sig figs for cake).
So for an 8" cake you need a minimum of 25.12 inches (8"*3.14). Round up though to make sure you have wiggle room for extra frosting and such. It's better to have too much than not enough.
Im a big math nerd so....
The length you need is the circumference of the circle, which is just a measurement around the circle.
The equation for it is d(diameter)*pi
Diameter is easy, that is the size of your cake pan=8inches
Pi is 3.14
Just multiply the 2= 25.12 inches
To be on the safe side, always add a few more inches!
For your second cake, you need 18.84 inches.
Hope that helps!
I'm terrible at math myself, so I always just keep a sewer's measuring tape in the kitchen (those flexible ones). Comes in handy for things just like that, length, amount of rolled fondant I need, etc. HTH!
Sorry to hijack, but some of my co-workers were just talking about how they never use math in our job or their lives. I piped up and said I use geometry and algebra all the time for cakes. They were a little in awe that I knew how to find the volume of my cake pans and could convert it to the number of batches of cake I need for each one using ratios. That was the "made me feel smart" moment of the day.
Dreamtreats - you can also measure around your cake with a flexible tape measure or string and roll your fondant out to that length.
I piped up and said I use geometry and algebra all the time for cakes.
LOL, which is why, now that I'm doing cakes, I keep kicking myself for not paying attention in Math class!