Layers for a 4 tier cake?
I am making my first wedding cake for my son and his fiance for their July wedding near Dallas TX. and I really want to get this right. The cake will need to serve about 150 guests.
The cake is a 4 tier stacked round cake. It will be white fondant with a strip of purple fondant at the base of each tier. I have included a picture that she sent me of what she wants except that it will be round.
Also the white fondant sections will not have any pattern to it as shown in the picture because she is planning on getting some real flowers to put on the cake.
But I still have a few questions.
The cake itself is going to consist of a Butter cake with almond flavoring recipe; I am using 3” deep pans and the sizes of each tier are 8”, 10”, 12” and 14”. Now do I need to make 2 layers of cake and cut them in half or will just 1 layer of cake cut in half be enough to feed 150?Hi Becky, The Answer to the first question: For each tier bake two layers. The layers should be about 2 inches high each when baked off. You then fill between the two layers. Some cake decorators cut the layers and make 4 thinner layers. I don't recommend that, especially for a first time wedding cake. You are safer with the two layers of cake and one layer of filling in between for each tier. The cakes would not be high enough if you only baked one 3 inch layer cut in half and filled.
Next, I am planning on making the royal icing and the fondant but I am not sure how much I will need to make. I do not want to make too much but I am afraid I will not make enough. So how much should I make? For that size wedding cake you will need about 11 1/2 lbs of fondant. You would need to times this fondant recipe by six.
The royal icing I am not so sure about. Are you covering your cake with it before you put the fondant on? I use buttercream for that but you could use royal icing. I need to know what you are planning to do with it first before I can answer that question. I suppose though that it would be similar to the amount of buttercream I would use for that sized cake which would be ( 4 lbs of butter-I use unsalted-confectioners sugar to taste and vanilla to taste.)Good Luck and please send in a picture of the finished cake. We would love to see it and hear all about it. Thanks
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