I am getting ready to make my first double barrel cake and was looking for any and all pointers I can find. Your tips will be very helpful. I just wanted to ask if you have any advice on how to smooth the fondant seam when you use the wrapping method. You mention that you have to work quickly, but what exactly do you do?
The fondant seam can (if you are lucky) be smoothed over with the warmth of your hands. Simply use your palm to rub and buff over the join 🙂 Regardless, if you are going to cover it with the wrap method, you should design to hide the seam.
What size of the cake board for the top cake on double barrel cake? Is it 1 inch smaller or the same size?
This is up to personal preference. Personally, my cakes are usually 2inches apart in size. So if the bottom of the double barrel is 8inches then the top would be 6inches.
Update: It has come to my attention (from one of my Facebook followers) that the original poster of this question might have meant to ask what size is the in between board of the double barrel cake itself… if this is the case, then the answer is 1inch smaller so that the board does not show through the ganache and icing 🙂
Do you refrigerate your fondant cakes, if no why? What if the filling is perishable?
I don’t refrigerate my fondant cakes because they sweat when it comes of the refrigerator. I have heard that if you have a modified fridge (temperature controlled and moisture removed) you can place the fondant cakes in the fridge. But I don’t have one, so I can’t comment on how good that is. So with that said, I also do not use any perishable fillings like fresh fruit. Please note that this is how I do it, there are plenty of other decorators who do use perishable fillings and also seem to refrigerate their cakes without any issues.
Do you use any box to cover up your cakes when transporting them?
I have a short box/ tray the cake is placed in and but they are not covered fully. If it’s raining, I put a large (clean) bin bag over the cake when taking it out of the car and into the venue.
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