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Lindsay's Circus Carnival Tent Cake

How to make this tent cake

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake

First, we start off with some fresh icing.

VERY important so the icing doesn't tear and pull up crumbs from the cake.

Mayfair Bakery buttercreme icing

After baking the cake has to be chilled so it cuts easier and with a cleaner edge.
Cover the cake with a sheet of food grade plastic and cool for 12 - 24 hours.
A freshly baked cake will just fall apart.
Here we have 2 full sheets baked high.  Enough cake for 150+ people.

Marble pound cake sheets being chilled

The first sheet is trimmed along the sides and icing is placed in preparation for the next sheet.

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake being assembled

Assembly
Here the second chocolate marble sheet is trimmed to a 2 peak tent shape and held together with icing.
The "door" is cut from an end piece and attached to the front

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake being assembled

The tent is iced, this one was airbrushed yellow.
Yellow airbrushes especially well and there is no waste.
You can also add enough color for solid tinted icing but too much color adversely affects the flavor.

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake getting iced

The door gets a second coat of black and nut brown then the bottom is iced.

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake getting iced

Red piping, American flags, and stripes are added. The bottom tier has some blue airbrush, the sides brown swirls.

Here it is at the Hilton Inn on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia.

Mayfair Bakery circus tent cake at The Hilton