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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi all!

I'm new to posting, but have lurked for a long time. I have a couple questions regarding 2 tier fondant cakes (I'm a newbie!)

When making a two tier cake are both tiers two layers or is it one layer cut in half? Meaning is the bottom two baked cakes and the top two baked cakes? Or is the bottom and top one just halved?

Also, which is more customary? The bottom 12' and the top 8'? Or 10' and 8'?

Thanks!!
post #2 of 22

hey SugarBeBe

 

 

the layering--typically in the u.s. it's two baked cakes to make one tier

 

then each of those lyers in the tier can be torted to make it look like 4 layers in each tier

 

just an individual choice

 

if you mean non-american customs i'm not it

 

 

 

twelve feet cakes have never been icon_lol.gif customary

 

yes and this from the typo queen--sorry couldn't help myself

 

(spell check is my friend!!! don't mind me ;)

 

but there is no customary for cake sizes

 

oh you mean the graduation between tiers 2 inch or 4 inch?

 

not to be difficult but i like the 3 inch difference best myself

 

that is also just a personal preference

 

the four inch difference is rarer, more rare, less used nowadays than it once was --i'll grant you that though

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you!!

Haha total brain fart! I meant " instead of '

A 12 foot cake would be quite difficult I'd imagine lol.
post #4 of 22

You can make your cake any size you like to fit the look and servings you need but I would say 6" is the "standard" size for a top tier.

post #5 of 22

i've worked for people who hated sixes because they reminded them of toilet tissue rolls

 

and some people hate them because they are hard for them to ice

 

sixes are very commonly used as top tiers of course

 

eights were more used in my earlier career due to the big flooflooey cake toppers that were common then

 

and eights are also a good choice when super large tiers are in play--if you end with a glorified cupcake on top of an eighteen or twenty inch base it kinda gets a little pointy headed whispy looking up there

 

there used to be a big presence of sheet cake dislikers who were adamantly against sheet cakes

 

it's very curious to have cake sizes be so provocative (not in this thread)

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #6 of 22
I don't like the squatty look of a cake, unless it has a large topper that draws the eye up. I have seen some that are too broad on top, and I just don't like it. A 6" is nice, unless there is a 10" under it. I don't like the 4" difference, at all... Maybe if there is a bunch of flowers?
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post #7 of 22

i think we can all agree that squatty cakes are not our goal

 

but it's surprising to me that some of us think that all 8" top tiers are automatically squatastic

 

that six inch cakes belong in the john

 

that sheet cakes are sheetee

 

i'm not into the 4inch difference anymore either but i've been doing this for about 40 years and things evolve and change huh

 

and sometimes you need a four inch difference for whatever reason

 

'mid century modern' style furniture & decor is boring old sheet to me but my kids love it

 

whereas mid-century modern cakes--agh no --has definitely not come 'back in'

 

it's all personal preference some of it very passionate personal preference

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

it's very curious to have cake sizes be so provocative (not in this thread)

 

K8, 

 

whatever you say.

 

You wanna stick an 8" on top and admire

 

all the wide open space

 

by all means do so and have fun.

 

The suggestion to not do so is not provocative, it is sensible 

 

and appropriate.

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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

 

K8, 

 

whatever you say.

 

You wanna stick an 8" on top and admire

 

all the wide open space

 

by all means do so and have fun.

 

The suggestion to not do so is not provocative, it is sensible 

 

and appropriate.

 

 

thank you for helping to prove my point, AZCouture

 

just say no to eight inch top tiers, six inch top tiers and sheet cakes  as they are not deemed apropos by some

 

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Edited by -K8memphis - 1/25/13 at 12:33pm
my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #10 of 22

Now every time I see a 6 on top I am going to think of toilet paper, LOL.
 

post #11 of 22

I suppose there are some people who never think they are never appropriate, don't recall anyone in here saying that or the other thread that you refer to. icon_rolleyes.gif

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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

i think we can all agree that squatty cakes are not our goal

but it's surprising to me that some of us think that all 8" top tiers are automatically squatastic

that six inch cakes belong in the john

that sheet cakes are sheetee

i'm not into the 4inch difference anymore either but i've been doing this for about 40 years and things evolve and change huh

and sometimes you need a four inch difference for whatever reason

'mid century modern' style furniture & decor is boring old sheet to me but my kids love it

whereas mid-century modern cakes--agh no --has definitely not come 'back in'

it's all personal preference some of it very passionate personal preference

Absolutely! Sounds like ikea furniture. Bleh. I miss piping on cakes though. I think a 16,14,12,10,8 doesn't look squatty , but I prefer that 6" on top, too much open space if it isn't there icon_smile.gif and while I can certainly see the toilet paper comparison, I never think it when I make one, and I am always making 6" cakes. I have about 8 6" pans, I make several, weekly and never think about it.

Sheet cakes are totally sheetee, unless you happen to be Than than (?) the goddess of the sheet cake, and I dread everyone I do!
Edited by Annabakescakes - 1/25/13 at 1:13pm
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post #13 of 22

6" top tiers remind you of toilet paper?  What?  I can see MAYBE a 4", but 6"?  Where are you buying your toilet tissue???  Giants -R- US?    I just measured ours and the SUPER is just over 4 1/2".

post #14 of 22
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6" top tiers remind you of toilet paper?  What?  I can see MAYBE a 4", but 6"?  Where are you buying your toilet tissue???  Giants -R- US?    I just measured ours and the SUPER is just over 4 1/2".

 

 

a few things

 

  1. they remind me of people i worked for that thought that
  2. just like cake mixes are two ounces smaller and sugar bags have lost a pound--tp is smaller now too
  3. they never were the exact same size
  4. if you placed a white iced sixer in the middle of a ten foot banquet table times how many tables in the room...they sure do!!!  
  5. i don't know where my husband buys the tp  icon_lol.gif
my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by kellertur View Post

6" top tiers remind you of toilet paper?  What?  I can see MAYBE a 4", but 6"?  Where are you buying your toilet tissue???  Giants -R- US?    I just measured ours and the SUPER is just over 4 1/2".

Yeah, I want to go buy those 6" rolls, maybe we wouldn't run out so fast considering that I seem to be the only person in my household who knows how to change the roll. I essayed this topic and my extensive toilet paper research agrees with your 4" assessment. I warn people about it if they want to leave a 4" top tier completely white, because even if they didn't notice it someone else would, and they'd be making fun of her toilet paper cake at her wedding. Not cool. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-tier-or-toilet-paper-get-over-it.html?m=1
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