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Here's a pic of my pathetic-looking flag cake

post #1 of 17
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that I did on the 4th of July. I posted about this in the "Cake Disasters" forum.

However, the one thing I am really happy about with this cake was that I learned a new technique on torting. It was a BREEZE and the layers are straighter than I have ever had to make them.

Don't laugh--I had SUCH big plans for this cake--darn that "stabilized" whipped cream anyway. It at least tasted good--actually, it was excellent. I served the individua slices of it with the fresh berries I had planned on garnishing/decorating with. Yummy! Very light and tasty.

Lisa
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post #2 of 17
that is perfect. thumbs_up.gif I tried my hand at that design and let me tell you.. Torting small layers is NOT easy. I think I had like four layers. Could not get them to torte perfectly! Please share this with us all.
" learned a new technique on torting "..
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post #3 of 17
The layers look great! I would also like to know what you learned about torting and how did you do the blue part?

Cindy
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My new "technique" was actually dh's idea. I started to torte the layers with my bread knife--as per usual. He walked into the kitchen and said "hold on", walked out and came back with (of all things) fishing line! LOL! It worked like a charm and was soooooo easy to keep it relatively straight.

I had heard of using dental floss before but it never seemed to work well for me. The fishing line was the bomb! Thanks to dh, I now have a roll of it in my cake "tackle box". icon_biggrin.gif

Lisa
post #5 of 17
I cannot image making that many layers. Looks great!

My mom always made caked when I was growing up and she always used and still does a piece of thread to torte the cakes. She laughed at my $20 torte blade. icon_lol.gif

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post #6 of 17
I LOVE THIS --- Where did you see this or did you come up with the idea yourself? I think you did excellent -- when I read the topic I thought it would be a flat cake the flag made with icing. My mouth dropped open when I saw the picture. icon_surprised.gif I want to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #7 of 17
The layers in your cake look great! The cake does look delicious too! Anyway, I never thought of using fishing line...but I am sure going to try it! Thanks for the story. icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 17
I love all the layers!!! How on earth did you do the blue section... I think the blue and all the red layers look awesome!
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I learned alot making a cake like this. I got the idea from here. Someone had made one and thought what the heck I will try it. Here is mine. I made a 9" round yellow cake mix added blue dye. then I made 2 more 9" round cakes (yellow cake mix and added red dye). I then cut down the 9 inch round blue cake down to I believe 5 or 6". then I torted my red ones and before I filled I stacked them all together. Then when I added the blue cake on top it was smaller. I used a knife and carved where it would go in the center of my red cake. I removed a whole section of the red cake. Basically when I was all done I torted, filled and just set the blue down to fit into the center of the red cake only going down two layers. I hope I explained this good enough. Try it! It was fun and my whole family loved it!
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You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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A woman is like a bag of Tea.
You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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post #10 of 17
Your cake looks great! No laughing here!!! I know you had big plans for the decorations, but the inside is decoration enough! I'm sure everyone was delighted and serving it with the berries is a great idea! I'm sure it was an awesome learning experience, too...

What flavor cake did you use for the red cake? Also, what kind and about how much food coloring did you use? Thanks in advance!
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post #11 of 17
Great Job briansbaker and yes you did a good job explaining it. I had already been thinking about it and had decided that was how it was done. What is on top of your cake, berries?
post #12 of 17
I agree with PolishMommy llj68 I don't think it needed and other decorations. I like it just the way it is. You think this is a disaster. I wish I had taken pictures of some of my disasters so I could show you a real disaster. I guess we are all more critical of our own cakes than others though. I have a cake slicer my mother got me 15 years ago that has a wire for the blade -- I just love it and tort every thing I do, almost. it suprises people to get a 13X9 cake with a filling. Most people have never seen this before and ask "How did you do that?" I just smile and say my secret - it keeps them coming back to me.... icon_wink.gif
post #13 of 17
actually no. I could not find my grass tip so I just used a star tip. That is suppose to be fireworks exploding..LOL your right looks like berries..LMAO
A woman is like a bag of Tea.
You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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A woman is like a bag of Tea.
You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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post #14 of 17
I think it looks great! Good job!

Jess
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Originally Posted by gma1956

I agree with PolishMommy llj68 I don't think it needed and other decorations. I like it just the way it is. You think this is a disaster. I wish I had taken pictures of some of my disasters so I could show you a real disaster. I guess we are all more critical of our own cakes than others though. I have a cake slicer my mother got me 15 years ago that has a wire for the blade -- I just love it and tort every thing I do, almost. it suprises people to get a 13X9 cake with a filling. Most people have never seen this before and ask "How did you do that?" I just smile and say my secret - it keeps them coming back to me.... icon_wink.gif



Now that I see how easy it is with fishing line--I'm not going to buy the torter. I've had that in my basket at JoAnne's SO many times and just can't bring myself to actually buy it! I think it's a great idea to torte "regular" cakes for customers as a surprise. I never really thought about it. Gonna have to try that one.

Lisa
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