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Tips on Making a Vertical Cake (1 Viewer)

Here are some tips on how to make a vertical layer cake.

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Overall Results

  • A vertical cake needs height, colour and plenty of flavour.
  • For best results, line the pan and use a light, springy sponge recipe, such as a Swiss roll for the cake layers.
  • Buttercream or cream cheese is a great filling as it holds its shape.

Tips on how to make and assemble the cake.

  • The cakes are thin and bake very quickly in the oven, so keep an eye on them.
  • Once baked, immediately take the sponge from the oven and turn it out onto an icing sugar/confectioners' sugar-dusted parchment sheet or tea towel. Carefully remove the backing paper and then roll it up in the tea towel/parchment paper to form a circular shape. Allow to cool. This helps create the cylindrical shape you require from the sponge.
  • The cake/cakes will need to be cut into larger strips later when the cake(s) have cooled.
  • Use an offset spatula to help spread the filling.
  • The ratio of filling to cake needs to be equal.
  • Too much filling will cause seeping or the structure of the cake to collapse.
  • If the cake is too warm when filling, this will also cause the filling to melt and ooze out and the cake to fall apart.
  • Once cooled and covered, roll the first layer and filling into a spiral circle, then continue to add and roll the layers around the cake until you have used them all.
  • If all is good, and your cake is sturdy, you should be able to stand your cake up on end.
  • This gives you the vertical stripes.
  • Then cover it in buttercream as you would a normal cake.


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