I am also doing the same tiers as you...I have so far used 7 boxes and have 1 layer of the 14", 1 layer of the 6", and both layers of the 10" done. Will probably use 3 more to complete the second layer of 14" and 6" tiers. I'm also making a 13x9 rectangle to make sure there is enough per the bride's request, since it's a casual invitation wedding there may be a few more attend than accounted for.
i did a wedding cake for saturday... wait til i post the pictures of what i call "The Beast"!! dam that martha stewart and her books!!! I DONT DO FONDANT OR ROYAL ICING!!!
Edited: 09/15/2008 8:26 AM by Moderator
Try it with 1 mix and then 1 mix following the box...i've never done a side-by-side comparison.
I use cake mixes as well. The number of boxes for each tier depends on the brand of mix you are using. I use Pillsbury for my cakes. I baked a wedding cake last year 14/10/6. I consulted with an aunt who is a retired decorator and used Pillsbury her entire baking career. She advised me to use 2 boxes for each layer of the 14in. cake, 1 box for each layer of the 10in. cake and 1 box for the 6in. (both layers). I followed her advice and needless to say, I found myself having to rebake the 10 and 14 inch layers due to not having enough batter in the pans. The cakes rose but not high enough and looked horrible. I rebaked the 14 inch tier using almost 3 boxes for each layer. The 10 inch used 1 and 1/2 boxes for each layer. Sorry for being so long winded but I want to save anyone I can from all the extra work I had to do with this cake. If you are using Pillsbury please use 3 boxes for the 14 and 1 1/2 for the 10in. so you will have nice full layers. Hope this helps you.
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