what kind of cake?

by Cristina

I am going to attempt to make a cake that looks like a slot machine for my grandma. I love to bake but I usually make really moist cakes.

I've watched a few of the cake shows on TV and I see how they layer the cakes and then shape them, by using a knife and layering with frosting and then covering with fondant.

I was wondering what cake recipe should I use that would be best to make this cake? One that can be layered and handle the icing? Please help I have been searching the net and still no clue on the cake part.

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Jun 19, 2009
Using Fondant
by: Christopher Frew

I have made a couple of cakes now with fondant and am still learning. For both of the cakes I made I used boxed cakes from the grocery store, duncan hines, etc. The trick I found that worked great, especially when I did one with four layers of 1/4 sheet cakes was to cool them overnight in the fridge. The cakes were much firmer and easier to carve to shape that way. Also, I shaved in small sections, that made it easier to shape and made for less mistakes. Also, do not go to thick on the fondant, it is easier to shape when it is the right thickness and it cuts easier when you are giving guests slices later. Most baking and craft stores sell fondant rollers with guides for the proper thickness.

Jun 19, 2009
cake type
by: cake decorator

You should start with a basic madeira cake. Madeira is a heavier cake, so it makes it much easier to carve. Madeira recipe at Waitrose Online Waitrose Online

Also I have some videos on handling icing to cover cakes at www.youtube.co.uk/cakedecorations

Yours sincerely

cake decorator

Jun 19, 2009
Best Cake Type For Fondant
by: Anonymous

Hi Cristina,

If you are just beginning with fondant, a firm type of cake, like pound cake that will tolerate the carving and the extra weight of the fondant, is a great choice.

Michelle (editor)

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