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post #1 of 9
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Help! I need to make a cake in the shape of a J! I've never done it before. What should I do?? Should I jsut a 11x15 sheet pan?
post #2 of 9
You would definitely have a lot of waste if you use a sheet pan, but this is how I would do it. Start with a large piece of wrapping paper - whatever you have lying around, you are using the blank white side Draw out the letter J to the size you want and cut it out of the wrapping paper. How many servings do you need to get. J's a thin letter! So either you need to go multi layers or make a sheet cake (1 or 2 layers) and then cut out the J out of another sheet (or 2) and center it on the full sheet, iced differently.
Good luck.
Theresa
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. . . and then cut out the J out of another sheet (or 2) and center it on the full sheet, iced differently.


And of course, if the person who wants this is into letterpress printing, you could make the "J" wrong-reading . . . .

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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
so is it safe to say I can use a 11x15 sheet pan and use the scraps for layers. Or cut the shape out of another sheet and layer it


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Originally Posted by theresaf

You would definitely have a lot of waste if you use a sheet pan, but this is how I would do it. Start with a large piece of wrapping paper - whatever you have lying around, you are using the blank white side Draw out the letter J to the size you want and cut it out of the wrapping paper. How many servings do you need to get. J's a thin letter! So either you need to go multi layers or make a sheet cake (1 or 2 layers) and then cut out the J out of another sheet (or 2) and center it on the full sheet, iced differently.
Good luck.
Theresa
post #5 of 9
I say yes, but be careful when using the scraps, don't use anything too small from a stability standpoint. When I made a giant number 3, I used 3 layers and alternated how they were broken up (like brickwork!!) so it wouldn't fall apart. Add a little of your icing/buttercream to the side edges when you use the pieces. Maybe making 2 sheet cakes and having the middle layer be the pieces part would make it the most stable.
T
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
wow this seems like to much work for me!!! I dont want to seem silly or redundant do you think I could cut out a letter J out of my sheet pan in a nice thick bubble letters and make an additional cake with the square left??????????

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Originally Posted by theresaf

I say yes, but be careful when using the scraps, don't use anything too small from a stability standpoint. When I made a giant number 3, I used 3 layers and alternated how they were broken up (like brickwork!!) so it wouldn't fall apart. Add a little of your icing/buttercream to the side edges when you use the pieces. Maybe making 2 sheet cakes and having the middle layer be the pieces part would make it the most stable.
T
post #7 of 9
I didn't mean your pieces as small as bricks, so I hope you didn't misunderstand what I wrote! Why don't you make a giant J in a bubble-style or whatever type on a piece of wrapping paper exactly the size it would take up in a 12x15 pan, cut it out and see what you have leftover for layer 2. That's the best way to find out for sure before you start baking! And keep in mind how many servings / slices you want to get out if it!
T
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
wow!!! you are a great help!!! but do you think I could pass with just a one layer J. Im not worried about servings

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Originally Posted by theresaf

I didn't mean your pieces as small as bricks, so I hope you didn't misunderstand what I wrote! Why don't you make a giant J in a bubble-style or whatever type on a piece of wrapping paper exactly the size it would take up in a 12x15 pan, cut it out and see what you have leftover for layer 2. That's the best way to find out for sure before you start baking! And keep in mind how many servings / slices you want to get out if it!
T
post #9 of 9
Glad I'm helping you!! If you just want one layer that should be fine. Some people like to torte the layer and fill in between. You'll get a bit more height with that too!
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