I have a 8 inch Mardi Gras cake due next week and I want to do cut out diamonds around the cake..where do I start so they end up even?
Figure out the circumference of your cake (the diameter is probably a bit more than 8" once it is iced), then figure out about what size diamonds you want based on what would divide evenly into the circumference. If cutting by hand, you can make the almost exact, if using cutters, just round the measurements. Start in the front of the cake, then add each to the left and to the right. If they don't quite line up, that will happen in the back.
The advice posted is right on.
If you happen to have a piece of styro you can measure against it using paper diamonds cut from tracing your cutter. Yes, there will be a bit of difference from styro to cake but you will be able to get a close count.
As the other poster said, start in the front, then add one diamond to either side of it, continuing around on each side until the meet in the back.
Thanks Ladies...I'll give it a go!!