Cake Top Forward – Arch Cake Tutorial

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Recently on Pinterest and Instagram I’ve been seeing lots of people trying out the trend of turning their cakes on it’s side. It creates this super cute almost circle or arch cake, which is becoming known as ‘Cake Top Forward’. I have been dying to have a go as this cake. So in this weeks video tutorial I’m showing you how I made this pretty pink arch cake.

cake top forward arch cake tutorial

You can watch how I made this cake below in my step by step tutorial ⇩

Cake Top Forward

Ok, so what does cake top forward mean. To create this cake it’s filled and covered in buttercream in exactly the same way as you normally would. I used my acrylic discs and I’ll talk a bit more about why I used those in a second. Once the cake is covered you then cut a small slice of cake from the bottom to give it something to stand on and turn it on its side. So the top now becomes the front of your cake.

cake top forward cake tutorial

This gives you such a fun shaped cake and means you don’t have to spend ages carving slices of cake into this arch shape.

When creating this style of cake I would suggest you keep your cake small. I used 3 layers of 6 inch vanilla sponge cake (I baked 3/4 of my normal vanilla sponge cake recipe). This gave me a width of 3 inches when it was turned on it’s side. The thing to remember when creating this kind of cake is usually we stack cakes we stack them one of top of the other and this keeps them quite secure. The taller your cake you would need to add dowels. It’s the same with this cake, the larger you go the more unstable the cake would be, but because it is turned on its side you wouldn’t be able to add dowels. So You need to have enough width that that cake isn’t going to fall over.

Using acrylic discs / ganache plates

You can cover your cakes in buttercream or ganache, I opted for buttercream and chose to use my acrylic discs. If any of you have seen my tutorial where I show you how to use these, they give such a lovely sharp edge, which is why I chose to use them for this cake.

You will see in this weeks tutorial that by using the acrylic discs it also allowed me to work on the back and front of the cake at the same time which made it so easy to create. Although if you don’t have any discs you can just ice your cake as you normally would and buttercream the back when you turn your cake on it’s side.

How to use acrylic discs with buttercream

Creating the wafer paper leaves

To finish off the cake I added these buttercream vines with the LissieLou ‘falling Vines’ stencil and created this stem of wafer paper leaves. Dried flowers and leaves have become so popular recently and by using wafer paper it really allows you to create something that looks like real dried leaves.

cake top forward arch cake tutorial with wafer paper leaves

I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and will find it useful if you want to make your own arch style cake, standing on it’s side.

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Tools I Used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

Wafer Paper:
Turntable: UK – USA –
Rose ColourMill:
Ganache plates / Acrylic disks:
Offset spatula (small):
Glass Cutting Board (similar):
Spirit Level (similar):
PME mini pallet knife:
Metal Scrapper Tool (small):
White Floral Tape:
24 gauge Wire:
LissieLou Stencil:

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cake top forward arch cake decorating tutorial

Thank you for reading!

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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