This may be a stupid question, but I figure I'd ask rather than guess.
Based on the violin cake I made for my brother 3 weeks ago (http://cakecentral.com/g/a/3321068/violin-birthday-cake/) I've been asked to make a full size guitar cake. This will only be my second real carved cake. I'm not really worried about doing it as I've there are lots of great examples here on CC.
I haven't got a guitar to trace at the moment, but I do plan on making a template from one. However from what I've seen online, I think I am going to have to make it slighly smaller than a standard size guitar based on my pan size unless someone has a suggested on how I can meet the standard measurements, which are 19 3/4" for the length of the body and 14 3/4" for widest part. I'm trying to find the dimensions of a 3/4 size guitar because that may be better (and I don't want to assume it's literally 75% of the standard size or 14 3/4" for length and 11" for the width.)
I have a 12x18x1" jellyroll pan that I use for cookies. It does have sloped sizes but since I'm going to carve, that doesn't really matter.
I'm thinking I would bake 4 single layers in order to get the height needed. And it will be easier to ice and stack like that, and then carve.
My question is, the Wilton charge says as 12x18 use 14 cups of batter, but I believe that is a 2" pan. Is it safe to assume that the pan I have would use half that amount? I'm planning to use this recipe http://cakecentral.com/a/triple-chocolate-fudge-cake which I believe will give me enough batter for two pans.
I've never baked cake in these pans, so I'm not sure how long or at what temperature I would bake them. Is there any chance that the middle might not bake?
In regards to my comment above regarding the size of the final cake, should I consider baking the equivalent of a full sheet cake using the 1" layers and put two of them together to get the dimensions I need? It seems I would end up with a lot of extra cake. I need the length of the pan (18") in order to carve the wide part of the guitar (14 3/4") and double the width (24") is a fair bit more than I need for the length of the cake (19 3/4"). I don't think I can get around that.
They're going to have 50 people at the party. It just seems that the standard size guitar cake is going to be too big for them but a 3/4 size guitar may be more reasonable being more like an 11x15 size. I would still bake it up the same way with the 1" 12x18 layers to allow for carving room.
I think there's a question somewhere in all of that. LOL.