A round cake pan is one piece of bakeware that many bakers can never live without. While most layered cakes use the round mold, some places use several layers of the round cakes to sculpt many other shapes. Once the cake layers are piled upon each other, the chef will take a knife and carve the cake as an artist would chisel a slab of marble.
Sculpted cakes are typically held together by a firmer frosting called rolled fondant. The thicker, dough-like consistency gives the cake a smooth appearance and can be molded to fit the cake like a glove. Ideas for sculpted cakes are really only limited by the creator’s imagination and can be themes for sports, cars, animals or cartoon characters. The base for a sculpted cake can be up to eight or ten round cakes. When a cake is this tall, it is a good idea to insert several round dowels down into the center of the cake to give it added stability.
The rolled fondant will help quite a bit, but the dowels will prevent the smaller shifting that may happen while transporting a cake that large. Also, since sculpted cakes can take up to several days to make, it is a good idea to start with the large base in sections, that way they can be stored more easily in the refrigerator while the sections are awaiting their turn for decoration.
A set of different sized round cake pans will allow you to create a tiered cake like the classic wedding cake or a large birthday cake, try this baking supply for just about any cake recipe. Round cake pans are absolutely essential for most commercial bakeries and home cooks alike, they are a great all-purpose type of cake pan that is suitable for practically any cake.