Whatever you call it, wacky and whimsical is the only way I can describe making a cake crooked on purpose -- Especially since making a cake as straight as possible so it doesn't fall over is the number one goal of every cake maker I know.
There are several ways to make a cake crooked on purpose.
- You can cut a wedge out of the cake.
- You can split the cake unevenly and replace the parts so one side is higher than the other.
- You can use wedges of styrofoam between normal-shaped cakes.
- You can use a topsy cake stand.
In any case, it's harder than you think to get it right so it looks crooked but does not fall over -- especially when the cake is to be picked up or delivered in its completed state.
This particular cake is perfectly straight, but the stand is topsy. Actually the stand is copyrighted and is called a Caddy Wampus Cake System.
It's main advantage is the extreme support it lends the crooked cake. With a bar running up the center of the cake, we don't have to worry too much about the tiers falling off, but you have to buy into the look of a separated cake, which works for some designs. The separations between the tiers of this cake are filled with gum paste designs, a bow in one space, stars in another.
Other designs, like this stacked piano and music-themed cake only need a little topsy. The bottom (square) tier of this cake is straight, only the top two are crooked. The crooked tiers mimic the musical design flowing around the cake.
In any case, sometimes being a little off is a good thing.