Sunday, October 11, 2009

Topsy Turvy cake

A topsy turvy cake is purposely crooked and whimsical. Usually colorful, bright, and tiered. Also many cover it in fondant, but it can be covered in butter cream as well. The cake in this post is covered in butter cream using the Viva towel method (which will be covered in a later blog) and decorations are also butter cream.

Here is a link to a step by step article to make one.

You Tube also has some great videos for Topsy Turvy construction.

Lessons I've learned:
*Use a dense cake, mixes don't hold up as well with a tiered cake and collapse on the sides.
*Dowel graciously!
*Sometimes a little less crooked is better.
*If people think your cake looks like it will fall over, then you've done it right! Ü

Happy caking!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ruffle Cake

To give the effect of ruffles using buttercream, fill a bag with buttercream and a rose tip. The larger the rose tip the wider the ruffles will be. Start at the bottom of the tier with the wider end of the tip touching the cake. Hold at a 45 degree angle downwards and start piping. Circle the entire cake before moving up to the next row.
Ruffles can be the border on their own or a separate border may be added around it. You will notice the top of the cake is done last and as a result the rows circle toward the center making for a unique top design that can be displayed alone or with flowers.


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