Open Ring Box Cake

by Sarah A

Hi there,

I have never made an open box cake before. My cousin is having a small party next week and asked me to make her one like the picture posted.

I know that the lid is made of styrofoam, and dowels are usually used to keep the lid slightly opened. Am I right? But for this cake in particular, the opening is to big and so the dowels will show. any suggestions?

Hi Sarah, Yes you can use styrofoam to make the lid. Try using royal icing to attach it to the cake. It looks as though the lid can lean on the cake and also be supported by the base.

And a frosting question: I used your wedding cake frosting recipe which is amazing! But when I put the left overs in the fridge and took it out to room temperature to be used, water/syrup kept coming out of the frosting and so I tried whipping it up a little but it just got gooier. Did I do something wrong?
Thanks a lot

Yes that has happened to me in the past. The syrup will separate occasionally. This is probably due to the syrup either cooking too long or not long enough before adding it to the egg whites. The syrup needs to be between 238 and 250 degrees. No more no less. I use the 238 degrees, but others use a slightly higher 248 - 250 degrees and then place the syrup in a cup which is then placed in iced water to stop the cooking process.

Try warming up the buttercream a little at a time in the microwave and then re whipping it. You can also try substituting a little of the butter for shortening and or add a small amount of powdered sugar to the finished buttercream.

Good luck with your Open ring box cake. You can post a picture of it at the decorating cakes and sharing page if you want to. We would love to see it and hear how it went for you.

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Nov 30, 2015
Ring box cake
by: Cindy

How do you make the top of the cake so domed? I'm using a 10 inch hexagon tin. I thought of baking a cake using the soccer ball tin to place on top but it's too small for a 10" hexagon. Plse help

Dec 02, 2015
Carving a cake layer
by: Lorelie

Hi Cindy. I am not really sure how this particular cake was made, but I would suggest carving a cake layer into this shape. I hope that helps.

Dec 03, 2015
Open ring box cake
by: Cindy

Thanks Lorelie. I will try and do that and see how it goes. I hope I'll be able to post a pic of the final work.

Dec 08, 2015
Good Luck :-)
by: Lorelie

I hope so too Cindy. I would love to see it.

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