Brought me to tiers

A good friend of mine was throwing a Sweet 16 party for her oldest of 5.  Her daughter loved to play the piano, so she wanted a black/white/pink piano cake.  And she wanted it big and bold.  Now, I’m all for bold, but the “big” part was a new thing for me.  For some reason, I have always stayed away from stacked/tiered cakes.  The dowels, oh how they frightened me.

A year ago I made a 2-tiered castle cake for my 8-year-old daughter’s birthday.

And while it turned out cute, I didn’t support it correctly, and it ended up leaning.  Tilting.  Almost falling.  It was not a pretty sight.

So when my friend said she wanted three (that’s 3) tiers, I said sure, then hung up the phone and proceeded to panic.  And the party wasn’t for 2 months.  That’s a long time to stress about a cake.

As it turned out, my family ended up being out of town during the party, so I came home early, which meant a quiet, child-free house for 2 days. (How’s that for a run-on sentence).  It took me longer to do it than it probably should have, but I was trying to be careful since I didn’t have time to re-do anything.  And the dowels – I won’t even tell you how many of those things I used.  Can we say “overkill”?

I tried 2 new cake recipes for it (since mine were too soft to hold up tiers).  A white cake from I Am Baker and a chocolate fudge groom’s cake from Wilton.  They were yummy.

But it turned out fine.  No leaning or tilting.  And the birthday girl was thrilled.

My 5-year-old daughter has a birthday coming up.  I think a good sheet cake would be perfect.

15 thoughts on “Brought me to tiers

  1. Both of these cakes are just beautiful. I’m sure your 8 year old just loved her castle (even if it teetered a bit) and the 16 year-old must have gone crazy when she saw her piano cake. I know I would have.

  2. I love the piano cake! Can you tell me what size cakes these are? Also the bands around the bottom of the two cake, did you use fondant or did you use ribbons?

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