start doing a little research on topsy turvy. There are a couple different ways to do them. I do mine with 3 layers per tier, if it were an 8 " tier I would use a 8, 8, and 6. 8 on top & middle 6 on bottom and carve down to the 6 to get the taper. They are a little complicated so if it is your first wedding cake you might at least want to do a couple small practice ones first.
I have done some research and plan on doing the method where the cakes are actually level but the top is slanted and then carving down the sides . I've done stacked cakes before with the biggest tier being 10". Her wedding is the first weekend of September so I have one month left to practice and need to start ASAP! She is also having a desert table and only specified that she wanted 3 or 4 tiers. The number of servings doesn't seem to be the issue. I think she just wants 3 or 4 tiers for the look of it.
Yes, I will be carving out for the tiers to sit on. So my question is...what sizes for the different layers to get the best effect. On a regular cake, I would make sure there is at least a 2 inch difference between the tier sizes. Is it the same for the topsy turvy cakes?
Ok for a 3 tiered cake you could do a 10, 8 and 6 " tier. Bottom tier would have a 10, 10 and 8" on bottom. Middle tier would be an 8, 8, and 6" on the bottom. And the top tier would be a 6,6 and a 4" on the bottom. But most people don't have a 4 inch pan and I think it might be too small to work with. I was going to do this for a two tiered cake that didn't need many servings but ended not making it so I don't know if it's feesable. I think it would be better to just to do an 8" tier and 10" tier and add a 12" for the bottom tier, that would be a 12, 12 and 8" on the bottom. Does that make sense?
I'm confused...you said when making your cakes you would do a 8/8/6 top tier, 10/10/8 middle and 12/12/8 bottom tier...shouldn't that be 12/12/10?? Don't you make your bottom layer 2 inches shorter when carving down?
yes, sorry that would be a 12 12 and 10. If this was a standard two layer 3 tiered (12, 10 and 8 ) It would serve 118. But these tiers are 3 layers ( at least 6" tall) although you'll be carving a little off.So I'mnot sure how to figure servings but it would at least still be the 118.