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First tiered cake, critique me please.

post #1 of 30
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So...I decided to do my first tiered cake for my daughter's 18th birthday, please tell me what you think. It's jeans, and she loves notes and stuff so I stuck those on there. The only thing I am NOT happy with is the third layer MMF is very dry! icon_sad.gif and you can see holes and cracks in it, oh well goes with the warped jeans I guess..lol. I have support BUT the stacked layers are not held in place with anything, just sitting on top of one another. Am I supposed to put a support down the whole middle, I thought about this, but each tier is sitting on a round piece of cardboard.
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post #2 of 30
I don't know what you're talking about-it looks great to me!
post #3 of 30
It's very nice! How did you do the denim look? I don't see any problems. You did a great job! icon_smile.gif
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post #4 of 30
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Thanks! If you look really close at the bottom tier it's cracked and has small holes. It looks pretty yucky in person. I took an old pair of "clean" lol jeans and pressed them into the fondant. After I put the fondant on the cake I took a paint brush and dry brushed white coloring, (powder form) to make some places look lighter than others. I wish I had a airbrush.
post #5 of 30
Great job!! The shading is a great touch, it really helps the overal effect! I despise central doweling, but that's just me. I don't want people to have to pull things out and deconstruct their cake. I don't use them ever unless I am unsure of the road I'll be travelling, or the design really warrants it.
post #6 of 30
You're lucky the cake layers haven't collapsed the cake. I would NEVER stack a cake without dowels or some support under each tier. Having a board is great and helps distribute the weight of it more evenly, but what's to stop it from caving? Especially if you have any weak spots in your cake at all. Or if the room is too warm. As far as a center dowel, I think the best time for those is if you are traveling. Make sure your cake is cold too. It's denser and less likely to slide--especially if you have softer fillings.

I think your cake looks great! The only fault I see is that you misspelled 'your'...it should be you're.

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post #7 of 30
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Carmijok, I think you may have misunderstood my post, I do have support under each tier, just not a big dowel through the whole 3 layers. I would never stack a cake without support! lol. Thanks for the "your" I totally didn't pay attention, my sister corrected me too, I fixed it! icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by klamb17

I have support BUT the stacked layers are not held in place with anything, just sitting on top of one another.



What does this mean? What support do you have and where? If you used a support system, is this just another way to say what you mentioned below about not using a center dowel?

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Originally Posted by klamb17

Am I supposed to put a support down the whole middle, I thought about this, but each tier is sitting on a round piece of cardboard.



A center dowel doesn't support anything, it only helps to prevent the cakes from sliding apart from one another if transporting assembled. Each tier should be on its own corrugated cardboard, like you did. No need to worry about the cardboards preventing a center dowel from going through... just sharpen the end of the center dowel and hammer it through.

I would have written "You're 18" or "Your 18th Birthday" because it's misspelled as is or incomplete without adding "Birthday".

Edited to add: I see you already clarified while I was typing!
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by klamb17

Carmijok, I think you may have misunderstood my post, I do have support under each tier, just not a big dowel through the whole 3 layers. I would never stack a cake without support! lol. Thanks for the "your" I totally didn't pay attention, my sister corrected me too, I fixed it! icon_smile.gif



Whew! Had me worried! I could just see that pretty cake collapsing and it scared me! You did a great job on it! That denim looks awesome.

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post #10 of 30
I've never used a center support, but then I haven't traveled very far with my cakes. I'm afraid I'd probably smash the whole thing trying to put one in.

I love your cake - you did a wonderful job. And if there are any small cracks and holes, you could just chalk that up to the "age" of the "jeans". icon_wink.gif
post #11 of 30
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cwr41,
wow, I thought all people supported each tier of their cake with wooden dowels, maybe I took that for granted. Yes, the top and second tier is on cakeboard, I have at least 5 dowel rods in the bottom tier holding the second one, and in the second tier I have another 5 holding the top tier. Sorry didn't know I had to be so specific...I just thought this was the way it was done. I was wondering about the big dowel going through the middle of the whole cake, I don't want them to slide, but we don't have far to travel with this cake, maybe 4 miles. Yeah the "your" totally slipped my mind, after 12+ hours of making this cake the last thing on my mind was grammer..lol thanks
post #12 of 30
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jgifford,
yeah I agree "the worn out jean look" lol for the dry fondant.
post #13 of 30
I think you did a fabulous job. Love it!
post #14 of 30
Critique you? I'd like to doe-pop you - but in a loving, suppportive, completely positive, though majorly jealous way. First tiered or fiftieth - that is a really fantastic cake. The whole thing - design, execution, color scheme - the whole nine yards. Kudos.
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post #15 of 30
Love the cake. You did a wonderful job.Your daughter must have been thrilled.
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