Ask me anything is a weekly post where I answer any questions you may have about me. Cake decorating related or not :)
This post is dedicated to my best friend - the barrel cake aka the extended tiered cake.
Why is it my best friend you ask? Well, because when I first started decorating (and was so naive) I thought covering a slightly taller tier would be no harder than a regular tier. Yes I can hear all of you sniggering at me now.
So for my first ever wedding cake I agreed to make an extended tiered cake and have it plain (because this was cheaper for the client and less work for me right?).
You know how I always say you learn from your mistakes? Well I promise you after the experience of staying up until 5am the night before the wedding and having to recover the tier three times, I well and truly learnt my lesson. So the question below has pretty much been summarised from the multiple questions I received on this topic.
How would I go about covering a double barrel cake? How is it set up inside? How do I get the sharp edges?
Depending on your design there are a couple of ways to cover a double/triple/ extended tier. There is no right way. You need to choose the best way based on your design/ abilities but generally if the height of the tier is more than the width of the tier, the best way would be to wrap the fondant around the cake. I always go with the easiest/ less risky option based on my design. There is no point trying to be a fondant hero - in the end no one will know how that tier was covered except you!
Wrapping - I use this option the most. This is when you roll a long rectangular piece of fondant and wrap it around the tier and gather the top right into the middle (imagine a dumpling) and then trim off the access. Yes it will be really messy in the middle of the top of the cake, but if another tier is going on top of this then there are no issues. You will need to cut the seam down the sides so that they join and then use your hands to blend the seams together. How well the seam blends in depends on how fast you work. With this method you will need to design to hide the seam (for example, stripes, polka dots, stencilling...etc).
The double/ triple barrels are set up in a similar fashion as a tiered cake. Like tiered cakes, it needs to have boards between the cakes and well as dowels. The only thing that is different is that the boards that are between the cakes should be one size smaller than the cakes itself. That way the boards are not poking out and will not leave a mark in the fondant when it's covered.
This is done the same way as a regular cake with the fondant smoothers. You can refer to this previous post.
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