How to Draw a Tier Cake

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How to Draw a Tier Cake
Draw a tier-cake design before you start decorating it. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Tiered cakes, often covered with smooth fondant icing, are one of the most popular festive desserts among today's food-savvier folks. With the number of reality TV shows devoted to fantastic cake designs, home hobbyist bakers are getting more and more ambitious about tackling these meal-ending show-stoppers. Still, a tiered cake is a big project that can't be tackled blindly. A good plan is to first draw out your design so you know how much of each decorating and baking material you will need. Here are some tips on how to draw a tier cake.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer with Internet
  • Wedding-cake serving chart
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Calculator
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Pencil with eraser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide how many servings of cake you need and what shape you want the tiers to be. Tier cakes can add up to many servings, so if you are serving fewer than 100 people, you may want to consider a cake with only 2 tiers or 3 small, narrow tiers.

  2. 2

    Use your computer to search for a wedding-cake data chart. Choose which shape you want your tiers to be, and consult the chart to decide how big a pan you will need for each tier.

  3. 3

    Draw correctly proportioned templates for the top and side of each tier, and sketch your design ideas. Write down the measurements of the pan you'll use for each tier. Using your calculator, ruler and compass, if needed, draw the outline of a proportionally smaller version as seen from both the top and side. Repeat this for each tier so you have a blank template for each. Use a pen or a pencil to draw in your design plan on the templates.

  4. 4

    Draw a proportional side view of how your cake will look when baked. Now use your pencil or pen, ruler and compass to draw a side view of how the blank cake tiers will look when stacked. This is how most of the party guests will see the cake. Using the initial design ideas you drew in the last step, fill in this side view with the design elements you had in mind.

  5. 5

    Consider the final look of your overall design, and make any necessary changes to the drawing. Now that you're looking at the cake from the side, as most guests will encounter it, how does your initial design idea look? Is it too crowded, or is it missing something? Show it to your clients or the recipients of the cake, and ask their ideas. When you've come up with the necessary changes, redraw the side and top views of the cake, and use these to plan the final amount of decorating materials you'll need.

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