I am very interested in doing your pipe/flange method, and I saw your tower in another post. I have many questions, as I have NEVER stacked a cake before.
I know that someone earlier in this post asked if you cut a hole in the cakes before they are threaded down the pipe. I was confused by your answer, b/c it seems like you said you used a cutter to cut a cirle. Do you just cut the fondant off and then thread over the pipe (covering the hole of course so no cake gets stuck down there)? Or do you "core" the cake? I can see this getting scary when a cake is covered in fondant and then you are messing with it.
As for the supports, (see I told you I was a newbie) you use foamcore underneath each tier, covered in some way, either with Press n Seal or Fancy Foil. Once the cake is on the board, and you have either 1/4 or 1/2 inch board, do you do a border around the bottom of the cake to cover it? Like using Ribbon or beads, etc? I am so sorry if these are silly questions, I just would not want the Board to show.
Do you have a seperate base underneath the bottom foamcore baord? Like wood or something stury to hold up the weight of the cake? I am planning on doing 2 tiers, then the tower, and the top of the tower, so I assume it would be very heavy.
As for the tower, I was going to try RKT around the pipe and then fondant. For the top of the tower, is that a 6 inch roound? Did you place this on foamcore as well and attach it to the Pipe?
I really appreciate any help you or anyone can give me. I was going to try and get the pipe/flange set-up assembled and then do a test drive on the cake within the next few weeks.
Thank so much!
1) Yes, I core the center out of the cake. I primarily use buttercream on my cakes (rarely fondant), but if I thread a fondant-covered cake onto the pipe, I would probably just use the same circle cutter to cut a hole out of the fondant. This would not be a tricky thing to do, because another cake is going to sit on top of that layer hiding the cake anyways!
2) As far as the foamcore I use (1/2"), I only use borders if the cake requires them. If the customer does not choose a border (ribbon, etc), then I "over-ice" the cake to cover the 1/2" foamcore completely. This is very tricky to do with buttercream, but with practice (and Sharon Zambito's DVDs are a God-send), you can do it! If I'm covering the tiers with fondant, that 1/2" foamcore will show unless you cut the board a little smaller than the baked cake size....again, in Sharon Zambito's DVDs!
3) The bottom "main" cake board is always wood for me! Usually 1/2". I us inexpensive MDF and it works beautifully...plus, I always get the board back for reuse!
4) When you say "tower", I'm assuming you're referring to my most recent Rapunzel tower? If so, yes, the top tier was a 2-layer 6" round, placed on a 1/2" foamcore board. For this particular assembly my husband placed a PVC "cap" of sorts on top of the pipe, then attached a thin/round board to the top of the pipe cap with a bolt/nut, to make a platform that I could sit the top tier of the tower on top of. I used 2-way carpet tape to secure the tower to the platform.
I hope that helps answer your questions! Please let me know if you need further explanation! I'm happy to help!
Thank you SO Much!!
So, if I was foing fondant, I would just need to cut a fondant circle, and not actually core the cake? Sorry of this is a stupid question.
Yes, I am going to attempt the Rapunzel tower. I was toying with the idea of doing to top in using a cake dunny so I could get it as put together as possible, to save me time during assembly.
I am sure that I will be on in the future asking questions.
- Snowflake Drape.jpg ( 54 KB)
I am going to do a rapunzrl tower and have a 12 inch and 8 inch on the bottom then the tower and a 6 inch dummy cake on top, so there would be spacing between the 8 inch cake and 6 inch topper of about a foot.
Get Inspiration and Great Deals
Yes, I want to receive new decorating ideas and exclusive offers from Wilton. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Learn more