All you need to know about Tall Cakes or Extended Height cakes
Tall cakes or extended height cakes are the recent trends. They have the ability to make the overall design of the cake more tall, lean and elegant. These are not difficult to make but a few precautions are worth paying attention to such as cake boards, doweling, and stacking. Here’s also the difference between tall cake, extended height cakes or double barrel cakes.
What is the difference between tall cakes vs Double Barrel Cakes?
A tall cake is usually just a cake whose height has been extended. Usually by adding one more layer. So instead of a two-layer cake now you have a three-layer cake. Vs A Double Barrel cake is two or three cakes stacked one on top of another. Can be about 8 to 10 inches tall. So simply speaking a Tall cake is an extended height cake Vs a Double Barrel is an Extended Tier Cake
Let’s use this cake as an example
- The top tier is a standard cake – 4 inches tall
- The middle is a double barrel cake – about 10 inches tall
- The bottom is a tall cake – about 6 inches tall – (With large circumference cakes the height cake be almost negligent. But if you hold it besides a similar standard size you would be able to tell)
- Most cakes are usually 2 layers of cake with a cake circle on the bottom.
- The layers can be each 2 inches tall or 3 inches tall.
- So they can be two layers making a 4 to 6 inches tall cake. These do not need any additional support as long as they are on a good cake circle/board.
This Burgundy Stenciled cake is four tiers of the standard cake. All of them are 2 x 2 layer cakes with three layers of filling.
- is a 6-inch tall cake with three layers of cake each 2 inch tall.
- Usually, you can stack the three layers on a single cake circle as shown.
- Such a 6-inch tall cake does not necessarily need any support dowel inside the cake. They can still hold their weight as long as they have a good cake circle below. One that does not flex!!
This African Safari Cake is a good example of Standard vs Tall cakes or extended height cake.
- The Top Two layers are standard cake – 2 x 2 layers with three fillings = 5-inch tall cake
- The Bottom tier, however, is 2 x 3 layers with four filling = 6 inches tall (sometimes almost 7-inch tall cake)
- is again a 6-inch tall cake with three layers of cake. BUT
- If you split each layer into more layers you will need to dowel and add another cake circle in between. Why?
- So the bottom cake layers do not buckle under the weight of the top layers.
- The more layers you add the more your structure becomes week hence the more support you need.
- More layers mean more movement hence even a center dowel sometimes becomes necessary so the layers stay stacked evenly.
This would be the inside of your Tall Cakes or Extended Height Cake – Can you imagine adding more layers in this without any support? Nah it would buckle with the weight, move around with the frosting. etc.
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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 price it as two cakes into one double barrel cake.
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I tried to create a little diagram so it helps you understand. In the next post, we will be talking about Double Barrel cakes. I hope you find that useful as well.
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