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Please help me, I don't know what I am doing!

post #1 of 20
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I don't make cakes, I don't know what I'm doing. But I find myself in the position of needing to make a cake for my daughter's birthday, next weekend. Please help me, because I'm a nervous wreck.

I want to make a cake that looks rather like this:

http://img3.etsystatic.com/003/0/6946880/il_570xN.353303615_b9c0.jpg

2 Tiers, with light pink and white frosting. Butter cream frosting, though, I do not feel up to fondant. I bought this to decorate with:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/95932539/edible-fondant-minnie-mouse-cake-topper

I need to feed about 35 people.

I wanted something easy, like this WASC recipe: http://cakecentral.com/recipe/the-original-wasc-cake-recipe

I just can't seem to marry it all in my head though. For one thing, my daughter wants blueberry cake. How do I do that with the WASC recipe? What flavor butter cream, what filling? Recipes?

I just need to make a very simple 2 tiered cake with simple frosting and then stick decor on it, and it's freaking me out. Suggestions HIGHLY appreciated!!!!

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I've made 1 successful cake, a 2-tier Minnie Mouse cake, for my daughter's 5th birthday. I would love to take a class someday. I am more of a cake admirer than maker.
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I've made 1 successful cake, a 2-tier Minnie Mouse cake, for my daughter's 5th birthday. I would love to take a class someday. I am more of a cake admirer than maker.
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post #2 of 20
Hi Shiregirl. Well, to be honest the cake you have posted is not simple at all lol. Based on the decor you have already purchased, this is the plan of attack I would take:

1) Make a 9" round cake (not a multi-tiered cake). You can use the WASC recipe you posted. I googled "blueberry wasc recipe" and read some suggestions to use blueberry yogurt to replace the sour cream and blueberry juice to replace the water. For the icing, you can use a simple buttercream (google Wilton buttercream - you can replace the shortening with butter if you'd like). Then you can add your cake decor. This is 24 servings of cake.

2) Make a second recipe of your blueberry WASC for cupcakes. This usually makes between 24-30 cupcakes for me, but I forget exactly how many. You can pipe some of the buttercream (I would put some pink food coloring in it for the cupcakes) on with a star tip or just spread on with a knife and top with your cupcake toppers.

Hope this helps, and maybe some other more experience bakers will have some ideas for you also. Good luck!
post #3 of 20
A 6" and 8" will get you 32 pieces.

This website will help you with stacking
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/stacked-tiered-cake-construction.cfm
post #4 of 20
I will be totally honest with you. Your kind of setting yourself up for a huge headache, alot of stress and possibly a cake disaster. Making a two tier cake is not going to be as easy as you may think. You are going to need to do a lot of research and have some practice under your belt.
I strongly suggest that you either reconsider making a simple design that's not multi-tiered, or if you have a friend that's more experienced, make it for you.

As for the blueberry WASC hopefully someone can give you a recipe that they tried and tested, I wouldn't go substituting liquids without doing some trial runs because it might not come out the first time. Good-luck icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 20
As far as the cake, how about doing the recipe as is and make blueberry filling. Here is a recipe that is pretty good:
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a large pot add blueberries, water, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Bring to boil and stir. Reduce to heat to medium and constantly stir until blueberries are cooked and mixture is thick and clear.

If you have never made a 2 tier, you should look for tutorials to learn as much as you can. Like others have said you may want to do just one tier and cupcakes to save yourself some stress. Good luck
post #6 of 20
You can totally do it with your already made fondant items. You will need the Ball wilton pan, or Rice Crispy Treats to make the domed black part to put your ears on (the pan is available everywhere). I would do a 10 inch bottom, an 8 inch middle and then one half of the wilton ball pan (or your Rice Crispy Treat) for the top. I would make a vanilla cake, fill it with blue berry filling (the poster earlier had a perfect recipe) and use a simple buttercream to frost. I don't like Wilton's buttercream, but you can find a good one to use on the recipe forum.

Just take your time and bake your cakes a day ahead. Make sure you don't have distractions when you are working. I have made a very similar cake, and I do this all the time -- it takes concentration and if you haven't done it before, you may find yourself pulling out your hair before you are done if you have a lot going on other than the cake.

Study up on stacked construction and make a detailed list of the items you don't have to take when you shop. I always use drinking straws instead of wooden dowels in my cakes. They are so much simpler to work with - you can cut them with scissors. Buy cardboard circles that are the right size already so you don't have to cut them out (save you some stress) and pick out a base that is 14 inches that is already pretty so you don't have to worry about covering the board in fondant.
post #7 of 20
The LorAnn blueberry flavour is GOOD. You only need the little bottle 1 dram size, from any craft chain store. You then can add frozen blueberries to the cake batter and bake.

Vanilla whipped icing is very good with blueberry cake, or lightly lemon flavoured.

You could probably do the 2 tiers OK but forget the fondant stuff for a 2 year old. Do pink icing with white stripes and bows from a Wilton design www.wilton.com and it will be much better for everybody concerned.
post #8 of 20
hi there!
well i love the theme you chose, tho it might be a bit ambitiousness for some1 with zilch experience! i have a little experience in cake decorating and the things you have purchased are amazing what i would do is bake 4 cakes (2 cakes stacked for one tier) as if you just bake 2 cake's then the cake will be very thin, then stack them with a pole in the middle for support....i would i ice each tier of the cake with a blueberry butter cream this is the recipe i use and have had some quite good feedback icon_biggrin.gif
Blueberry Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients:
1/4 cup blueberry puree (about 1 cup fresh blueberries)
2-3 Tablespoons blueberry juice, yielded from blueberry puree
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
pinch of salt
5-6 cups confectioners sugar

Directions:
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth.

Add the blueberry puree, juice, vanilla, lemon and salt into the bowl and beat until well combined.

Slowly add the confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.

then leave that icing to dry on the cake until the icing is dry (which will crumb coat) you will have to do quite a couple of batches of this icing! then when the icing is hard do another coat. now i would use fondant! it is not that hard i use vanilla ice fondant, which is available from most cake decorating suppliers or online from wilton. i would add some pink food colouring gel and carry on adding and kneading until the color you desire is made then i would roll it out and place it out on the cake you can either buy a fondant smoothener from cake decorater supplier or online from wilton or you can even just go over you fondant with the excess fondant which should leave it with a smooth finish. then i would add your purchased toppers and decorations. dealing with fondant is not that hard so dont worry about it!
good luck! thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 20
i say GO FOR IT! everyone needs to start somewhere and this is for your daughter so it will be made out of love.
you will learn alot as you go along and take that
knowledge with you on your next cake.
dont be scared on fondant. it will be your best friend to
help cover mis-haps.
sounds like you are on the right path.
good luck and would love see your finshed cake.
Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #10 of 20
I'm just now getting into two tier cakes. So, trying one with little experience does seem stressful.

I like the 9 inch round with cupcake idea. You're pre-made fondant accents seem like they'll be super helpful. A couple design tricks I like as a new girl are...

(1) if you get frustrated with smoothing buttercream & you can't get it right, try applying it systematically with the back of a spoon around the sides & flat just on top. OR, try pulling up with a butter knife or offset spatula around the sides. (my angel cake is like that...in my pics)

(2) making a cake look as finished & as neat as possible is sometimes difficult. But, you could try purchasing a cheap plastic charger plate for your cake board. They have them for $2 or so at Hobby Lobby type stores. A black one would look great.

As far as recipes go, keep it simple. Make homemade stuff if you like ...for sure. You can make things up ahead of time. If disaster strikes, don't be afraid to fall back on a mix with added juices & flavorings. As for buttercream, I like to use: 2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 cup shortening (crisco), 1 tablespoon flavoring - beat until smooth. Add 2lb's (one bag) of powdered sugar. Beat...it will be a bit tough at this point. Add about 4 tablespoons cold heavy or whipping cream...until good spreading consistancy. By far - my favorite & super easy to make buttercream.

I also like to work with cold cake layers. Less crumbs & shifting. Try to have fun. My boyfriends family member made a pretty scary looking cake for her little one. But she absolutely LOVED it! It was colorful & had candy all over it! Taught me a lesson - try to think like a kid. It helps.

Good Luck.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your input and advice. The cake is done, and has been eaten. In my opinion, it was a huge success. I realize you guys are going to see a lot of flaws in the photos, but I am so proud of what I was able to accomplish! For me, this is a stunning result. Of course, I didn't make any of the decorations, I just made the cake, filled, stacked, frosted it, and stuck the decor on. Oh and traveled with it on my lap in the car for about 40 miles or so! icon_eek.gif The best was my daughter's reaction, which you'll see on her face. icon_smile.gif

I used the original WASC recipe with lemon flavored box mix and lemon extract instead of almond. I used a crusting buttercream with a little lemon extract in it. And I used the blueberry filling recommended above. I might make another cake someday, I feel like I can actually do it!

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I've made 1 successful cake, a 2-tier Minnie Mouse cake, for my daughter's 5th birthday. I would love to take a class someday. I am more of a cake admirer than maker.
Reply
I've made 1 successful cake, a 2-tier Minnie Mouse cake, for my daughter's 5th birthday. I would love to take a class someday. I am more of a cake admirer than maker.
Reply
post #12 of 20
Woooowww!!!!! That came out amazing! Great job for your first cake, way better then any of my early ones! Nice!
post #13 of 20
Well her little face says it all! Great job!
post #14 of 20
This is way better than my early cakes too. icon_smile.gif You did a great job! You should be proud!
post #15 of 20
Bravo!
I am a huge fan of mommies making their kids bday cakes.
It is as it should be.
Just look at that face....
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