how to make a topsy turvy cake?

I want to make a two tier topsy turvy/whimsical cake. I know that I have to cut out a spot in the bottom tier to allow the top tier to sit flat and tort and flip for the angle..and I also need to use i need to use three different sized circle pans per tier to get the effect? I saw another reader on here said she or he was doing a 12in-11in-10in for the bottom and a 10-9-8 for the that necessary? I would like to Just do 3-4 layers of a 9in pan for the bottom tier and the same of a 6in pan for the top tier.. would that work? Would I need to do some carving to give it a good shape? Any tips on this shape of cake would be great!!

From the editor:

I could give you a big, long explanation of how to carve the layers and stack the tiers required for a topsy turvy cake. But, I find it's always easier to see how something's done, so I found a great video that shows you exactly what's involved. Even though the video shows a three tier cake, you can easily adjust for a two tier. Enjoy!


Michelle (editor)

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Apr 10, 2011
Different size pans
by: Anonymous

You can do it with the same sixe for each tier or to get even more topsy turvy effect, you can use one smaller one pan (one inch smaller than the others )and carve the rest of the cake into the diameter.

Feb 20, 2011
by: Anonymous

Great video. I had already watched that doesn't answer my question though.. what I want to know is if I have to use three different pan sizes per tier..regardless of how many tiers there are.

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