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This is going to be my 1st wedding cake to make. I'm so nervious. was needing some suggestions on sizeings of the tiers and how i should go about doing this. Please help me!

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Oh girlfriend!  Your first wedding cake has SIX TIERS??!!?? That's a challenge alright!  All I can say is do a LOT of research and watch a lot of videos online about stacking and supports.  There are a lot of really great wedding cake decorators here at Cakes We Bake that can help you through it.  I've only gone as high as 3 tiers, and my first one gave me (literal) nightmares - but now I'm pretty comfortable with that size cake.

Larissa....just breathe thru this one....6 tiers...1st wedding...WOW!!!

 

Try approaching it with confidence otherwise you may experience what I experienced some months ago...near nervous breakdown...lol...ask the guys here they will tell you...loool

 

I would say do the tiers like this: 14", 12", 10",8",6",4". Make sure you have a good support system so that the cakes don't topple over. Make sure you dowel the bottom five tiers individually for the next cake to rest comfortably without burying itself into the cake...if you are traveling with the cake assembled...PLEASE ensure that you use a super long dowel to secure all the tiers...you can look up videos on how to do this...but it's really sharpening one ended of the dowel rod...and driving it thru the stacked cakes...mark just below the top of the top tier...remove and trim...replace in cake and mask the area that the dowel "messed up"...:)

 

This will be one HEAVY cake...so make sure that you have help in moving it from home to car...and car to cake table...

 

I wish you all the best...

 

Teneisha

 

You should be good with this....just breathe....and start early in order that you don't panic when time is going...cuz that's a big cake to fix...

Thank you both so much for the suggestions. I really appriciate it!!! I am pretty nervous about this but I think I can do it it's just the support stuff i'm worried about. Thank you Teneisha for the sizes. Those are kinda what I had in mind so that's what I'm going with. I have till March so I'll have a little bit. Thank you again. If any more suggestions please let me know!!
I would also practice with the stacking a couple of times before the actual wedding date - that way its not as scary when you're doing it the first time.  Other than that, Teneisha pretty much hit everything else I would have said!  Good luck!
That will serve 208 not counting the top layer, does your bride need that many servings?
I highley doubt it but I'm not for sure. She came to me yesterday with it and she has it all planned out. She wan't it to say Boston with a letter on each tier. I'm thinking of suggesting maybe 2 letters per tier I'm not sure.

Teneisha, in a stacked cake, when pushing a central dowel thru the cakes, does each of those cakes sit on a cakeboard, and if they do, would I be making a central hole on each cakeboard before placing a cake on it to make it easier for the central dowel to pass thru?  Always wondered abt this.
Teneisha Williams said:

Larissa....just breathe thru this one....6 tiers...1st wedding...WOW!!!

 

Try approaching it with confidence otherwise you may experience what I experienced some months ago...near nervous breakdown...lol...ask the guys here they will tell you...loool

 

I would say do the tiers like this: 14", 12", 10",8",6",4". Make sure you have a good support system so that the cakes don't topple over. Make sure you dowel the bottom five tiers individually for the next cake to rest comfortably without burying itself into the cake...if you are traveling with the cake assembled...PLEASE ensure that you use a super long dowel to secure all the tiers...you can look up videos on how to do this...but it's really sharpening one ended of the dowel rod...and driving it thru the stacked cakes...mark just below the top of the top tier...remove and trim...replace in cake and mask the area that the dowel "messed up"...:)

 

This will be one HEAVY cake...so make sure that you have help in moving it from home to car...and car to cake table...

 

I wish you all the best...

 

Teneisha

 

You should be good with this....just breathe....and start early in order that you don't panic when time is going...cuz that's a big cake to fix...

Hi Larrisa..........just be relaxed & dont fret too much...........thats should be the first thing to do, then all will go well. I have done upto 3 tiers.............but 6.......n that tooo for the 1st time..............best of luck to u.

Hi Lalita,


each tier sits on a cake board. I guess both ways can work. It depends on which one suits you best and perhaps is easier. I've done up to 3-tiers without putting holes in the board first. I Just give one end a good sharp point and steadily drive the dowel thru the cakes with a hammer.

 

The other way should work just as well as long as all the holes line up...that is not my  strong point...:)

 

Teneisha

 

Lalita D'silva said:


Teneisha, in a stacked cake, when pushing a central dowel thru the cakes, does each of those cakes sit on a cakeboard, and if they do, would I be making a central hole on each cakeboard before placing a cake on it to make it easier for the central dowel to pass thru?  Always wondered abt this.
Teneisha Williams said:

Larissa....just breathe thru this one....6 tiers...1st wedding...WOW!!!

 

Try approaching it with confidence otherwise you may experience what I experienced some months ago...near nervous breakdown...lol...ask the guys here they will tell you...loool

 

I would say do the tiers like this: 14", 12", 10",8",6",4". Make sure you have a good support system so that the cakes don't topple over. Make sure you dowel the bottom five tiers individually for the next cake to rest comfortably without burying itself into the cake...if you are traveling with the cake assembled...PLEASE ensure that you use a super long dowel to secure all the tiers...you can look up videos on how to do this...but it's really sharpening one ended of the dowel rod...and driving it thru the stacked cakes...mark just below the top of the top tier...remove and trim...replace in cake and mask the area that the dowel "messed up"...:)

 

This will be one HEAVY cake...so make sure that you have help in moving it from home to car...and car to cake table...

 

I wish you all the best...

 

Teneisha

 

You should be good with this....just breathe....and start early in order that you don't panic when time is going...cuz that's a big cake to fix...

Make sure she knows that the price for the cake will be based on the number of servings the cake makes, in this case 208 and she has a "free" top layer for an anniversary cake.  When she realizes she has to buy more servings than needed just to spell Boston she may reconsider the design.  Also, will a 4 inch cake be a good size for her cake topper?  That can be a huge factor in sizing.  I would NOT consider delivering this cake stacked.  It will be extremely heavy.  I doubt one person could handle it and it would be really awkward for two.  Plus it puts a lot of stress on your design.  I would suggest stacking and doing final borders on-site.  Or you could bring the 14 separate, the 12 and 10 stacked and the 8,6,4 stacked and put the 3 sections together on-site.  I just had another thought.....but it all depends on how many servings she want, that is really an important factor unless price doesn't matter to her.  You could do one layer of cake in each of the sizes so each tier would be 2 inches instead of 4, then she could have a letter on each size.  Or do two letters per tier like you are thinking of.  But first, find out how many servings she wants to pay for and start the design process from there.

Here is some more info on stacking.  http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/stacked-tiered-cake-constr...

Here is a great video on stacking.  She is a fabulous cake designer with many great tutorials.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaCSW78ybc

I'm going to be talking to her today about the prices and the amount of people this cake she's wanting is going to feed. I'm not sure she even has a cake topper she hasn't mentioned anything to me. I was just going to do flowers for a topper. That's also what I was debating on was delivering it stacked or not. I think I'm going to do what you suggested though doing the 14 seperate, 12 and 10 stacked, and the 8,6, and 4 stacked. The think I'm most worried about is that the whole cake is going to sink in. I know that I need to put a big dowl through all of the cakes and each one needs to be on a cake boared. But still is that going to prevent it from sinkin in? Also any good cake recipes recomended?

denette lynch said:
Make sure she knows that the price for the cake will be based on the number of servings the cake makes, in this case 208 and she has a "free" top layer for an anniversary cake.  When she realizes she has to buy more servings than needed just to spell Boston she may reconsider the design.  Also, will a 4 inch cake be a good size for her cake topper?  That can be a huge factor in sizing.  I would NOT consider delivering this cake stacked.  It will be extremely heavy.  I doubt one person could handle it and it would be really awkward for two.  Plus it puts a lot of stress on your design.  I would suggest stacking and doing final borders on-site.  Or you could bring the 14 separate, the 12 and 10 stacked and the 8,6,4 stacked and put the 3 sections together on-site.  I just had another thought.....but it all depends on how many servings she want, that is really an important factor unless price doesn't matter to her.  You could do one layer of cake in each of the sizes so each tier would be 2 inches instead of 4, then she could have a letter on each size.  Or do two letters per tier like you are thinking of.  But first, find out how many servings she wants to pay for and start the design process from there.

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