Sculpted Roman Numeral Cake?

I need help with a cake. I want to make a cake in the shape of 3 Xs for my Brother in law's 30th birthday (like the roman numerals: XXX)
Can someone give me tips on how to sculpt the cake?
Should I bake a square cake and then cut it?
Or should I attempt to build an X shape into a square pan?
Any potential issues you can foresee?
I've never used fondant before but I think there are enough instructables on that subject already.

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Jayefuu7 years ago
If I were making it I'd bake a square cake then cut it 6 strips. I'd then cut every other strip in half and arrange each whole strip and two half strips into an X. After arranging into Xs I'd cut the bottoms flat then ice/finish.
If I were you, I'd cut it with a laser too.
True.
kelseymh7 years ago

Without answering the question, you might want to consider putting "Roman Numerals" into the question itself (use the Edit button). Otherwise, both the question and search results can be misinterpreted in ways you didn't intend.

You've gotten several good answers on construction below -- bake then cut, etc. Good luck!

orksecurity7 years ago
Bake, then cut. Pound cake or some other dense cake is more amenable to sculpting than something crumbly or fuffy. Ordinary icing may work Just Fine; that's what I used on the taxi, coloring it appropriately.
Icing also makes a good adhesive, of course.
Create a rough sketch on paper of what you want the cake to look like. Draw a grid on the paper, like a 4x6 woud work well if you're baking a cake in a 13x9x2 pan. very lightly score the same grid onto the top of your cake once it has finished cooling, then score the design into each of the grids. Cut out the pieces that will not be a part o fthe final product. once you have finished removing the excess pieces, you can ice/decorate accordingly.