Meringue Cakes: Chrysanthemum Cake
Cut foam board into rounds, one each of the following diameters: 18, 12, and 6 inches. Trim the cake tiers to 4 inches high if necessary. Place tiers on the corresponding-size foam-board rounds, and fill and frost with the soft Italian meringue.Advertisement
Place the largest tier on the serving platter. Insert 4 columns, narrow side down, into the 18-inch tier; each column should be 4 inches from the edge of the cake and evenly spaced around the cake. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a large star (number 869) tip, with a freshly made batch of meringue. Beginning from the center, pipe 2 1/2-inch cones to cover the entire top of tier.
Insert columns and cover tops of smaller tiers in the same manner as in step 2. When ready to assemble the cake, dab a small amount of meringue onto the top of each column to fasten it to the above tier. Carefully stack the tiers. When ready to serve, transfer the cake to a serving platter.
Have your cake designer choose a pale or clear extract so it won't mar the pure color of the white meringue. Make the meringue in single batches as you need it.