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post #1 of 24
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Has anyone else had a topsy turvy fall over or am I the only one? This was my first (and LAST) attempt at making a topsy turvy cake. My whole top tier completely fell apart and all my layers bulged even though I let them settle first. Argh! Not to mention all my troubles with my fondant today. This cake was a disaster from start to finish. I just want to give up....
post #2 of 24
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post #3 of 24
Funny you should ask.....I just had one collapse on me today in the car. I have made many with no problem but today it was a disaster.
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post #4 of 24
I've made two topsy turvy cakes and they both turned out great! I used Sharon Zambito's DVD. She teaches you to do it the way that is acutally an optical illusion - there's a hole cut out to put the next tier on, so that the tiers are actually sitting flat on top of each other. Is this the way that you did it?
post #5 of 24
I really don't need to hear this...I'm going to do my first wedding cake in August and she wants a mad hatter cake...not so topsy turvy, but still carved. I need to know what happened to cause the disasters so I don't do it to !! Help!

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post #6 of 24
I have had a disaster too. My cake was too moist and couldn't support the weight of the second tier, and bulged like crazy. This despite ganache and 24 hours of settling with weight and dowels. Devastating at 11pm when then the cake was due the next day! Had to start from scratch and this time I used a denser cake, and didn't brush on syrup. I feel your pain but I learned from this caktastrophe!! icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 24
Don't give up!! With everyone you do, it will get easier. Try using the SPS system for your support and you will be golden - and it won't matter what kind of cake you use! icon_biggrin.gif
post #8 of 24
Sparkle I so feel for you! I just had a topsy turvy that just got picked up for a friends childs bday. I've been up ALL night!!!!! I had it all finished up last night and about 3 this morning the top two tiers jumped off the bottom tier. I stayed up all morning rebaking/decorating the three tier cake and the second time around it came out great!!

Dont get discouraged. Just learn from your disasters and go on! I definately learned from this one.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Monirr04

Sparkle I so feel for you! I just had a topsy turvy that just got picked up for a friends childs bday. I've been up ALL night!!!!! I had it all finished up last night and about 3 this morning the top two tiers jumped off the bottom tier. I stayed up all morning rebaking/decorating the three tier cake and the second time around it came out great!!

Dont get discouraged. Just learn from your disasters and go on! I definately learned from this one.



So what did you learn? I think it's as important to learn what NOT to do, as well as learn how to. And I do need to learn!

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post #10 of 24
I learned to make sure when you carve out the middle to put the next tier into that you completely clean it out so it is a level surface!!! And you make sure you push down your tier so it hits that level surface. I failed to do both things. Oh..and I didnt have that second tier completely centered. The weight not being centered was just too much so down she came. Bet i wont make that mistake again. I posted the pic in my photos so you can see how the good one came out.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Monirr04

I learned to make sure when you carve out the middle to put the next tier into that you completely clean it out so it is a level surface!!! And you make sure you push down your tier so it hits that level surface. I failed to do both things. Oh..and I didnt have that second tier completely centered. The weight not being centered was just too much so down she came. Bet i wont make that mistake again. I posted the pic in my photos so you can see how the good one came out.



Thanks! That helps.

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post #12 of 24
Some important tips about topsy turvy cakes:

Use a very dense cake. If you use mixes, use onlly half of the oil (or less) that it calls for.
Make each cake tall, if you don't it will look 'squat'. Use 3 two-inch layers for each tier.
Use a very thick double dam because when you carve the cake you will loose some of the dam.
As someone else said, make sure that the carved out hole is perfectly level (put a cake pan inside with a level on top to check).
Make sure to use dowels (but only within the hole obviously) and a sharpened wooden dowel down the middle.

I've made two topsy turvy cakes (you can see them in my photos). I almost threw up the day I made the first one, I was so worried because the lady I made it for had to travel for a good hour with it in the car. I heard it arrived safety and was the talk of the party, then I could breath again! I owe everything to Sharon Zambito. She's awesome and her DVDs are awesome! Good luck! Any questions, just ask! icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 24
Thanks for the info about the densenss of the cake. I made my first topsy turvy about 3 mths ago and I was so excited and it was so beautiful, just exactly what I wanted and not nearly has difficult as I had thought. But it had to travel 2 hours to my granddaughters birthday party and it didn't make it. It collapsed in the trunk. I put it back together as best I could and then it totally collapsed again. I cried and cried, but I can't wait to make another one. They are so neat looking! The tutorials should include information about how to make the cake, they have the stacking down pretty good but I had no idea about the cake texture, etc.
post #14 of 24
wheni do topsy turvy cakes, i use sps or something like that. NO EXCEPTIONS. i pass the additional cost along to the customer since the legs and plates can get pricey as well as the addition time constructing the cake. I've done them with dowels and double cardboards circles, but now I only use SPS with these cakes!!!!!
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the advice. I used a dense cake recipe that was specific for these types of cakes. All my tiers were 3 - 2 inch layers with cake boards in between the top layer. I also did the cut the hole technique, but for whatever reason it still fell apart icon_cry.gif I ended up with a one tiered cake (and a whole lot of cake to make cake pops). I think next time I will try using the SPS system, I think that will definitely work better.

I do wonder if it was my dowels. This is the first time I used bubble tea straws (I've heard some people use them instead of dowels and that's what they used in the tutorial I watched). I think I might just stick with my wooden dowels from now on.
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