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post #1 of 44
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So this weekend I tried my first tiered cake....DISASTER!!! First, the layers didn't look stacked, so my first question is when doing a tiered cake are there for ex. 2 8in cakes stacked on top of each other to give it that height? Next when I attempted to torte my cake it was uneven so my bottom layer looked like I was going for topsy turvy. lol  My fondant wrapping  was subpar, I guess I rolled it to thin because I had some small rips. Overall the cake was a disaster but it taste great! Do you guys have any tips, pics, or advice to help me out. I'll be trying again on Friday. Thanks in advance:D

post #2 of 44
Practice.
post #3 of 44
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That much I know lol, Do you have any insight about getting the height of the cake?

post #4 of 44

A standard tier height is 4".  I torte my 2" baked  layers to created 4 layers per tier.

 

Use an Agbay to torte and you'll acheive perfecctly even layers.  Which in turn will make even tiers.

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post #5 of 44

Hope this helps..

 

Most commonly used cake pans are 2" deep.  A typical height for cakes that you'll see most frequently is 4" and this is achieved by stacking two 2" high cakes. 

 

Here are a couple helpful videos;

 

http://sweetwise.com/videos/how-to-level-torte-and-fill-a-cake.html

 

and

 

http://sweetwise.com/videos/cake-structure-basics.html

post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by leah_s View Post
 

A standard tier height is 4".  I torte my 2" baked  layers to created 4 layers per tier.

 

Use an Agbay to torte and you'll acheive perfecctly even layers.  Which in turn will make even tiers.

Uh!!! This is why I LOVE this site (and my husband doesn't- lol). I had never heard of an Agbay (I'm a hobby baker). Now, I HAVE to have an Agbay. In fact, I'll probably obsess about one All.Day.Long! LOL Thanks Leah! Time for me to start saving my pennies :)

post #7 of 44

If you sell cakes, put aside a little from each one into your Agbay fund.  If your family/friends want to get you a gift for a birthday or holiday, have them pool their $ for the Agbay.  You will NEVER regret having the best tools.  It seems like such a simple thing - getting perfectly even layers.  However, it's not.  Uneven layers lead to all sorts of problems.  However, with an Agbay, one swipe, 3-4 seconds and you have perfection.  Totally, absolutely worth every penny.

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post #8 of 44

I second Leah - I just bought the Agbay in the Birmingham cake show and wouldn't do a cake without it now. It's amazing and gives such a professional finish to any cake. It's totally worth it so start saving!

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I second Leah - I just bought the Agbay in the Birmingham cake show and wouldn't do a cake without it now. It's amazing and gives such a professional finish to any cake. It's totally worth it so start saving!

 

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Originally Posted by leah_s View Post
 

If you sell cakes, put aside a little from each one into your Agbay fund.  If your family/friends want to get you a gift for a birthday or holiday, have them pool their $ for the Agbay.  You will NEVER regret having the best tools.  It seems like such a simple thing - getting perfectly even layers.  However, it's not.  Uneven layers lead to all sorts of problems.  However, with an Agbay, one swipe, 3-4 seconds and you have perfection.  Totally, absolutely worth every penny.

Thanks Guys! Such great info. I'm really excited about this. I have one of those wimpy Wilton wire cutters that you slide through the cake. I have no doubt that this would really help the overall stability and look of my cakes. Must start plotting how to make it happen :)

post #10 of 44
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Thank you!! :)

post #11 of 44
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You guys are awesome, and I'm googling agbay right now. I love this site, and getting all of the feedback I need to bake wonderful creations. Thank you. I'll post pics of last weeks's disaster and next weeks cake. lol Thank you again

post #12 of 44

Good luck on your cake this week Tastee!! I'm sure it will be great (and better than last time because it always gets better!). Look forward to seeing it :-D

post #13 of 44
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Thank you, I have one other question.  When doing fondant how do you determine how much is needed?

post #14 of 44
Hi tastee,

There are some charts online that you can use, for example the Wilton one is on their website:

http://www.wilton.com/decorating/fondant/fondant-amounts-to-cover-cakes.cfm
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post #15 of 44
There's also a chart at the Satin Ice site. SatinFineFoods.com
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