Kick your next cake up a notch with dimension and thematic appeal.
So, you’ve gazed at those beautiful multidimensional theme cakes. You’ve even tasted them. And now, you want to bake one too but have no idea where to start. Well, allow us to give you some cake baking tips! Once you discover the basics of how to make a layered cake and incorporate a theme, you’re well on your way to mesmerizing your party guests.
The first step to any special occasion cake is to consider three basic elements: the cake, the frosting, and the decorations.
“But wait,” you say. “That sounds like any ol’ cake.” Yes, it does, at first. But playing with those three elements will create the cake of your dreams.
Baking the cake layers
Let’s suppose you want to make a two-layer cake. Instead of the traditional equal-sized layers, let’s make the top layer smaller. Not sure how? Well, if you use a smaller baking pan for that top layer, problem solved. But if you don’t happen to have that, try this:
- Set your baking pan on top of a sheet of wax paper.
- Trace around the bottom of the pan with a pen, marking the circle on the wax paper.
- Now, place a small saucepan right in the middle of that wax paper circle.
- Draw another circle on the wax paper, using the saucepan as a guide.
- Cut out that smaller circle.
And now you have a pattern to work with.
Go ahead and bake your two layers in equal-sized pans. Once the cakes cool completely, place the wax-paper circle pattern on top of one layer, and use that to cut out a smaller cake.
See how easy that is? Having two layers of different sizes gives your special occasion cake dimension. But we’re just getting started. Let’s move on to the frosting!
Frosting the layers
The way you frost a cake will fashion even more dimension. You’ll want to start with these frosting basics. Start with frosting the bottom layer, then set the smaller cake on top and frost that as well. Once both cakes are completely frosted, you can add texture.
One of the simplest and most elegant ways to texturize is to add lines – the trick is in the piping bag. Or you can create a fluffier-looking cake by gently placing the bottom of a teaspoon or tablespoon on top of the frosting, then give a little twist and lift to make a tiny peak. Do this over the cake’s entire surface. In fact, you can make all kinds of textured designs just with a spoon.
Once the cake is frosted, you’re ready to decorate. Decorating creates even more fantastic dimensional results because you have so many options to choose from! The first rule of cake decorating: Have fun! Yes, you need to know how, but having fun with your cake project is essential.
The biggest question at this point: What’s your theme? Is your cake for a Fourth of July cookout? A big family reunion? A loved one’s birthday? A graduation? A promotion? Or is it a little something special “just because”? Even with the “just because” cake, you can craft a perfectly thematic and multidimensional masterpiece that will make your event memorable.
Let’s say your theme is simply summertime. Let your imagination run wild with images that conjure up that season. Most likely, flowers are part of that mix, so let’s add some to that frosted cake you made. Although you could create beautiful buds, petals, and leaves via piping, consider making chocolate or fondant floral cake decorations – or opt for real honest-to-goodness edible flowers instead.
Think that cake is finished? Well, you very well could stop at this point, but if you want to add even more dimension to that summertime cake, you might add little sugar or fabric butterflies and birds to set near the flowers. Just don’t overdo it. Remember that less is more, even with this type of cake.
Hopefully, you now see how easy it is to make a multidimensional special occasion cake. Just focus on each step – the cake, the frosting, and the decorations – one step at a time, and you’ll not only have that jaw-dropping creation you imagined, but you’ll also have fun in the process too!
At We Take The Cake, we know you don’t always have time to create a delicious masterpiece. That’s why we have so many gourmet cake options to fit your busy lifestyle. A cake is a perfect way to show a loved one that you’re thinking of them.