Go Big or Go Home: Tips for Making a Tall Cake
Add a little umph! to your party by baking a majestic cake.
Everyone knows that, when it comes to throwing a party, presentation is half the battle. The next time you find yourself strapped for ideas for making that birthday or anniversary extra special, why not impress your guests with a tall cake?
Tall cakes are a staple of weddings, but they’re also perfect for other occasions. In fact, there was a time when birthday cakes were depicted with multiple layers, slathered in colorful icing and standing tall and proud with beautiful candles.
Tall cakes are an easy way to impress and entertain, and believe it or not, they’re actually quite easy to pull off too.
#1. Consider the theme of the party. A tall cake is extremely versatile, and its size means you’ll have a lot of room to decorate to make the cake fit into the theme. Unfortunately, this means that there’s also a more work involved in making the cake look nice. If it’s not that special an occasion, then constructing a tall cake might not be the best idea.
#2. Gather the necessary tools. The most important thing to consider when building a tall cake is its stability, so secure dowel rods and cake boards before you even start baking. These come into play when you layer the cakes on top of one another, as M&S product developer Ali Rodham demonstrates in this video:
#3. Vary the flavors. Because a tall cake is made up of many layers, it’s the perfect opportunity to mix up the flavors of a cake. Sweetapolita has a fantastic recipe for a Neapolitan strawberry-chocolate-vanilla cake that shows just how beautiful a multi-flavored cake can be.
#4. Of course, last but not the least, get creative! Tall cakes can impress your guests not just because of their size, but also because of their design. Consider making a stack of pancakes, a tall tree, or maybe even a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (it’s a great way to work around a cake that’s leaned to the side a little).
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