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A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 26th, 2017, 6:58 pm

I have received a set of five cake pans such as this.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/19499/Wilton- ... 26185253:s

Mine are scalloped rather than round.

I plan to make and fill/ice five cakes at some stage soon. I saw HB make a delicious gingerbread cake yesterday and wondered if gingerbread would be good in a layered cake or would it be too heavy? And what would be a good filling and icing?

The five pans are 6" diameter and .75" high. The box gives a recipe using one quantity of cake mix apparently sold by Wilton who make the tins. Does anyone know the quantities required to make five cakes of this dimension?

Any other tips for a five tier cake? I have never made one before!
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Pepper Pig » September 26th, 2017, 7:18 pm

What are you going to do with it once you've made it? :?
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Suelle » September 26th, 2017, 8:19 pm

If you look at the recipe links at the bottom of the link you posted, some of those recipes start from scratch, so will help you decide on quantities.

Unless you can make a very light gingerbread cake, I think it will be too dense to make a successful layer cake. I wouldn't turn any of my gingerbread recipes into layer cakes.
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 26th, 2017, 8:35 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:What are you going to do with it once you've made it? :?


Share it with family to stop me eating it all myself! Oink.

Suelle - you confirmed my fears about heaviness, also I didn't spot the recipes on the link, was just looking mainly at the recipes that came with the tins. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby earthmaiden » September 26th, 2017, 9:05 pm

I too think it would be too heavy. Remember that traditional fruit cakes such as Christmas and old-fashioned wedding cakes are made in such a way that they can be tiered but also stored afterwards for a long time ... it means that surplus cake need not be eaten straight away or wasted.

If you go for a sponge-type cake, you can make each layer a different flavour but it needs eating pretty quickly after it is made unless it could be frozen.
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Catherine » September 26th, 2017, 9:50 pm

5 tiers of gingerbread cake :shock: :shock: :shock: .......the phrase 'less is more' was said for a reason
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Herbidacious » September 27th, 2017, 7:04 am

How do you fit them all in the oven? Presumably batch bake?
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Suelle » September 27th, 2017, 7:06 am

Herbidacious wrote:How do you fit them all in the oven? Presumably batch bake?


They are only 15cm (6") tins - I think the recipe assumes you could get 5 tins onto two shelves in a standard oven. You'd want to be fairly confident that your oven baked evenly to put three tins on one shelf!
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby suffolk » September 27th, 2017, 7:08 am

A five tier cake :shock:
As with so many things in life , just because you can it doesn't mean that you should ;)
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Suelle » September 27th, 2017, 8:33 am

You don't even need to use all five. Try three layers - a 15cm shallow tin probably only needs a 1 egg mixture (1 egg, 50g each butter, sugar and flour). If you made a 4 egg mixture and filled each tin a maximum of 2/3 full, it would be a good trial for future use.
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Herbidacious » September 27th, 2017, 11:13 am

Suelle wrote:
Herbidacious wrote:How do you fit them all in the oven? Presumably batch bake?


They are only 15cm (6") tins - I think the recipe assumes you could get 5 tins onto two shelves in a standard oven. You'd want to be fairly confident that your oven baked evenly to put three tins on one shelf!


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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » September 27th, 2017, 12:43 pm

Tezza, in the nicest possible way, I gather from some of your recent posts,money's a bit tight, so maybe a five tier cake may be a bit extravagant , considering you live on your own. Baking is very therapeutic though,for me anyway, so maybe start with a traybake or muffins,which would be easier to give some to friends and family
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby Catherine » September 27th, 2017, 1:32 pm

Ooh gingerbread muffins. You cold make a cream cheese topping and decorate with a dried banana chip
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Re: A five tier gingerbread cake?

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 27th, 2017, 10:27 pm

I love the three tier idea instead of the full blown five. This is mainly due to the fact that I didn't think for one minute how I would batch bake five cakes considering the size of my oven!!

Ingredients are plentiful and at no expense to me! Yippee! For the basic sponge anyway.

I love the gingerbread muffin idea. With banana chips sounds like heaven! Thanks Catherine.
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