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Hexi Cake How-To

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This Hexi Cake is for my sister’s birthday! She works at a quilt shop in Charlotte, MI, called the Hen House. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know what hexies are, they are little hexagons that quilters and stitchers use to make patterns and  blocks and things. Hexies have become quite popular with English paper piecing. At any rate, I thought it would be fun to make this hexi cake for my sister. You can make one too, for any quilters in your life or people who like hexagons.

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First, you are going to need to bake four cakes each a different color, and flavor if you want (I used Kool-Aid to flavor mine {just one envelope of Kool-Aid per box mix}). Then cool them completely.

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Next, use some hexagon cookie cutters to cut the cakes into little hexagons, I used a 3/4 inch hexi cutter. Save the rest of the cakes for later.

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Thoroughly, grease and flour two 8 inch round pans.

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Place the hexies you have made out of the four different cakes on their sides in the pan. Placing the hexies around in circles, that way when you cut the cake in wedges you will be able to see the hexi shape.

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Now, prepare two more cake mixes and spoon one mix each into each of the two prepared pans. Spooning the batter in prevents the hexies from moving around too much.

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Bake the cakes at 350F for about 10-15 minutes over the recommended time on the box. This is because most cake mixes call for you to divide the batter between two pans, but you put all the batter in one pan.

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Cool the cakes completely and level/cut the tops off of them. Prepare your frosting. I used my favorite frosting, but you can use what ever you like. Place a cake board on your turn table. Squirt a little bit of frosting onto the middle of the cake board. That is so the cake won’t slide around once it is on the cake board and all decorated.

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Place the cake cut side down onto the cake board.

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Pipe a ring around the top edge of the cake.

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Fill the ring in with frosting.

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Smooth the frosting out with a bench scraper.

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Top this filling layer with the other cake, cut side down.

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Use Wilton tip number 789 , (or what some people call… a speed icer! Which it really is, if you want to be able to base ice cakes fast all you need is a turn table, speed icer, and bench scraper and you are set!) to get frosting on the top of the cake.

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Use the speed icer to ice the sides of the cake.

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Next, use you bench scrapper to smooth the sides of the cake, and then the top.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect because it is going to be all covered with hexies soon.

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Once you are satisfied with the smoothness of you icing set the cake aside and you can move to the next step… making Cake Leather. This is super easy and a lot of fun! First, gather up the other four cakes you cut the hexies out of. Now, cut the edges off half of one of the cakes,  and discard them, then start to knead that half of the cake together until it reaches a sort of play dough consistency. Then use your hand to squish it out so that it is fairly even and about a 1/4 inch thick or less.

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Use your hexi cutter to cut 1 inch and also 1/2 inch hexagons. Place the hexis on a sheet tray lined with waxed paper. When you run out of space on your cake leather, just gather it back up and knead it a bit more and then squish it back out. Continue in this fashion until you run out of cake leather.

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Repeat with the remaining three cakes. Place the sheet trays in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, so that the cake leather is just a bit stiffer and easier to work with.

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With your cake still on the turn table, get you hexies and start to decorate. Place one of the 1/2 inch hexies on the top, in the middle. Place 6 hexies that are the same color around it so that is makes a little flower. Place hexies to surround the flower to form grass or leaves. Then on the six sides of that you make another flower with grass separating them, and so on until the whole top of the cake is covered.

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With your larger 1 inch hexies decorate the sides of the cake, I didn’t use any particular pattern for this just stuck them on.

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You will have to cut some hexies in half so that you have less blank space.

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Leave a space on the side of the cake to make another hexi flower using the 1/2 inch hexies.

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Pipe a boarder on the top and bottom of the cake, I used a reverse shell boarder.

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Voila! A beautiful Hexi Cake, enjoy!!!

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Original How-To By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)