“Whimsical” cakes are the kind that the Mad Hatter served at his tea party in Alice in Wonderland – or at least, the kind that he would have served if Lewis Carroll or Disney had come up with them. The name could apply to any creatively decorated cake, but it primarily refers to funky, tilting cakes that are constructed in such a way that they look as though they might topple over at any moment. Usually finished with bright colors and patterns, whimsical cakes are visually fun.
Professional cake bakers make them frequently for parties and weddings, but they’re not something that the average cake baker takes on at home on a regular basis. Evening up a regular layer cake can be a challenge, so it’s hard to imagine trying to get the balance for a whimsical cake down. It’s not impossible, though. Cake Journal has a fantastic guide on how to make a two-tiered whimsical cake at home. You just need some patience to carve through all that excess cake and a sturdy pound cake (baked in round pans) to work with.
I know what I’ll be trying the next time I’m due to make a birthday cake!