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frakkinpannikin Sun 04-Oct-09 21:48:14

...on icing a cake please!

It's a proper tiered cake (think wedding cake style) one tier fruit and 2 tier sponge. Can't be bothered with fiddly sugar post thingys so they're stacked on top of the next.

What icing? I want the thick white kind that comes on Christmas and wedding cakes.
Do I need marzipan?
How do I get the icing to stick?
Any other tips?

ilove Sun 04-Oct-09 21:50:25

Have you boarded and pinned the cakse so they don't sink into each other?

frakkinpannikin Sun 04-Oct-09 21:58:35

Haven't even baked 'em yet.

What's boarding and pinning please?

*novice hat*

BonjourIvresse Sun 04-Oct-09 22:47:50

wow! you're brave! a tiered cake is quite high tech for a beginner. You'll need to support the layers even if the tiers are on top of each other. Roll out icing is easiest, and you can colour that and cut out shapes to decorsate with that too. Google images is great for inspiration

frakkinpannikin Tue 06-Oct-09 13:18:09

Okay, so I need cakeboards the same size as my tins, so they don't show?

May practice on a non-tiered cake first.....

BonjourIvresse Tue 06-Oct-09 15:42:55

if the cakes are on top of each other, yu would just put them on top of each other without boards. You would need to sink some kind of foundations in to the bottom layer to support the other layers

JackBauWooohooohoowaaer Tue 06-Oct-09 15:57:41

You need roll out fondant/royal icing from supermarkets. You cna buy it ready rolled if youa re feeling ultra lazy, get one pack per layer.
Cook and cool cakes, then slice tops to make them level.
Brush over with jam or cover in thin layer buttercream to make it stick then lie fondant over top and smooth.

That is basic basic though, watch vids
here, here and google 'covering cakes with fondant icing' and 'decorating with fondant icing'

You can use chopsticks as supports...stick it through bottom layers and then have about an inch at least going into top cake level.

<<waits for professional cakey ladies>>

ilove Wed 07-Oct-09 13:59:38

You need thin boards for each of the top layers, and you need either plastic dowels or chopsticks in each cake too, to support the weight of the one above it. Cut them to the depth of your baked cake and stick three in the bottom layer and three in the middle layer to hold the one above it up so they don't sink into each other.

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