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My first tiered cake

Yesterday I made my first three-tiered cake as the next major step in my wedding cake trials.  I started baking the cake at 11 am, and had finished all assembly and decorating by 3:30 pm.  Not to shabby!  I also prepared and ate lunch, read a few chapters my book, and did the dishes in the middle of that time, so I could have even done it faster.

All in all, a successful experiment!  I used wooden skewers for the bracing between the stiff cake plates underneath each layer.  I got a set of reuseable plastic cake separator plates on eBay so that I can make as many cakes as I like without having to use up lots of cardboard cake plates.

I don’t love the way that the colored bands look, and they were very difficult to do with the length of continuous fondant “ribbon” needed to cover the circumferance of the circles.  I can’t imagine doing it with cakes the have double the diameter, so I’m going to ditch that idea for the fnal product.   I definitely like the simplicity of the frosting decorations on this, and I’ll probably keep working on this style as I make more.

I also did multiple fillings in the layers.  It’s chocolate cake, with plain buttercream, almond-chocolate buttercream, and strawberry filling.  It’s time to start ruling out flavor combinations!

First tiered fondant cake

First tiered fondant cake

I discovered that the cakes baked in these particular pans come out really domed, so I’ll need to get a cake leveler to make sure they don’t end up as rounded as this again.  I’m not a fan of the rounded top and edges.

Tiered cake from the top

Tiered cake from the top

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Alright, folks.  I finally took pictures of our place as it looks currently and am posting them for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

Dining Room

Dining Room

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bedroom

Bedroom

Master Bathroom (and Sophie!)

Master Bathroom (and Sophie!)

Computer & Guitar Room

Computer & Guitar Room

TV Room

TV Room

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