Double Barrel Cakes
Our next Tip Thursday today is Double Barrel Cakes.
Now it’s confusing – what is a double Barrel Cake? What is a tall Cake? What is an extended height cake?
Well, a Tall cake or extended height is usually the same and I’ve explained more in detail on my blog post or Tip Thursday on Tall Cakes or Extended Height.
Double Barrel Cakes – So what is a Double Barrel Cake?
A Double barrel is usually – (see diagram below)
- Two cakes stacked one on top of another.
- Usually made with four or more layers each 2 to 3 inches tall.
- An DB Cake can be about 8 to 10 inches tall. 8 inches is usually a more manageable height.
- What is very important about DB cakes is to ensure that you have a cake circle as support in between every two layers. (2 x 2” layers)
- Ensure you Dowel the bottom tier well so the tier can carry the weight of the top tier.
- If you do not dowel – the bottom tiers will collapse under the weight of the top tier.
- A wrap method is the best way to cover DB cakes with fondant
Servings Sizes for tall cakes Vs Double Barrel Cakes
Tall Cakes – Well, it’s just one extra layer so it really only makes your cake taller. So each serving is a taller slice of cake not necessarily more servings.
Of course off the charts you could serve half a slice if it was family but in general you would want to give your guest a good one slice that starts from top to bottom. It’s more aesthetically pleasing. So;no commercially it does not add extra servings –
Financially it does add extra cake so I personally have different charges for my standard vs taller cakes.
In case of a Double Barrel – yes! It’s two full cakes with a cake board in between so it can be separated and served as two cakes . So you do have extra servings and you prices it as two cakes into one double barrel cake.
This is a standard 4 inch tall cake
This is a tall cake – which is 6″ tall so three layers of 7″ x 2″ tall layers
This is two 7″ cakes stacked one on top of another making it 8 inches tall.
Tip Thursday on Veena’s Art of Cakes Facebook Page In these two cakes – one is a Double Barrel but one is just a tall cake.
Learn from the Pros on how to Decorate cakes easily and efficiently