It’s not that difficult to carve a cake if you have a couple of sharp knives around to help you trim off the corners of a rectangular cake and curve it into the shape you want. The scraps make a nice snack for the decorator, but all things considered, carving tends to waste quite a bit of cake. The solution to the problem is to buy a shaped pan that is already molded in the design you want. If that’s too limiting (and it often is) and you like to custom bake cakes frequently, you might want to check out the Letters and Number Cake Pan.
This pan is set up with movable 2″ square blocks that allow you to change the shape of the interior of your cake pan and make any letter or number (as well as some more abstract geometric designs) you could want. The blocks side into small grooves, so they stay in place and won’t slide around once the batter has been poured in, and they’re made of the same material as the rest of the pan for even baking. The pan comes with instructions about different sizes and shapes to help you get the perfect cake in any design you want.