HOWTO bake nested, hemispherical cakes

Cakecrumbs, who created the amazing Jupiter Cake and Earth Cake, has posted a tutorial (with video) explaining in detail how to bake nested, hemispherical cakes so you can create your own.

Now, as for the equipment required, you will need a set of any three hemisphere tins or bowls that can fit inside one another. Pudding bowls are great for this if you don’t want to buy hemisphere pans, though you may need to trim it to make it round (I’ll show you how to do that). Any oven-proof ceramic bowls will work fine. If you’re using glass as I do, make sure it’s oven safe and heat treated. Some glass bowls will say ‘heat-resistant’ but that only means they won’t explode in your dishwasher.

Baking times will vary based on how big your bowls are. I’ll give you some guides on that, but do keep a careful eye on your cakes and use your inner baking muse to judge cooking times.

Spherical Concencentric Layer Cake Tutorial (via Kottke)

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  1. I would think the inner core would taste horrible after being baked thrice.

  2. Okay good...up until they pull out and say decorate it.

    WTF? the work on the outside is best part...and nothing is shown about doing that? Is it fondent, is it brushed on, is it sprayed on? WHAT IS IT?

    It's like reading a book with the last chapter ripped out.

  3. RE: Wastage. Not really if you have pets or small children.

  4. Now it's time to cut off the excess. For this step, you'll want to stop making a video and actually go buy yourself at least one decent knife.

  5. One time I tried to make a plaid cake...and failed miserably (the convection currents while baking turned my carefully patterned plaid into rainbow marble). Still looked cool...but not plaid. Maybe this approach could work. Probably wouldn't be very good to eat though by the time you've baked 5-6-7 times...

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