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There is a stacking tutorial (by Edna) that shows her stacking a cake ... looks like without any supporting board for the layers. I don't see how a layer can be supported by just dowels and no cake board under each layer.  What do you do?

 

I've got a 3 layer cake I'm doing for a wedding (yikes) this Sat. This is a first. I want to make sure the layers are sufficiently supported. I will have to transport this a little ways.

 

Thanks.

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Karen her cakes are on cake boards that are the same size as her cake...she supports them with dowels or straws...the boards are cut to fit, this way they dont show and you hide the seams with borders....that is only if you are placing them right on top of each other
also if you are going to be transporting it you may want to cut a dowel the about 1/4" smaller than the size of your finished cake and push it down through all three layers.....sharpen one end like a pencil and push through the cake layers and the cardboard...then cover with icing...make sure your client knows about the dowel.
karen marie said:........ transporting it you may want to cut a dowel the about 1/4" smaller than the size of your finished cake and push it down through all three layers.....sharpen one end like a pencil and push through the cake layers and the cardboard..........

I delivered 100s of stacked cakes w/o doing this:) It does give one a false sense of safety. I have had cakes w/this doweling in them still shift and fall.
Also I have learned if using a center dowel it is better to cut it about 1-2" *taller* than the total heigth of cake and remove it when you are at the venue. Then cover the hole w/a squirt of icing OR a decoration: flower, leaf etc.
Most people don't have any idea how to remove that center dowel! If it is pulled straight up it will take the tiers apart:( It must be twisted as it is slowly pulled up.
Good advice Lynn....

Lynne Salmon said:
karen marie said:........ transporting it you may want to cut a dowel the about 1/4" smaller than the size of your finished cake and push it down through all three layers.....sharpen one end like a pencil and push through the cake layers and the cardboard..........

I delivered 100s of stacked cakes w/o doing this:) It does give one a false sense of safety. I have had cakes w/this doweling in them still shift and fall.
Also I have learned if using a center dowel it is better to cut it about 1-2" *taller* than the total heigth of cake and remove it when you are at the venue. Then cover the hole w/a squirt of icing OR a decoration: flower, leaf etc.
Most people don't have any idea how to remove that center dowel! If it is pulled straight up it will take the tiers apart:( It must be twisted as it is slowly pulled up.
Thanks. I've watched her video twice and it appears she is REMOVING the cake layer from the cake board ... unless she has them on 2 cake boards. It just didn't make sense to me.

Karen Marie said:
Karen her cakes are on cake boards that are the same size as her cake...she supports them with dowels or straws...the boards are cut to fit, this way they dont show and you hide the seams with borders....that is only if you are placing them right on top of each other
Thanks. Appreciate your help.

Karen Marie said:
Good advice Lynn....

Lynne Salmon said:
karen marie said:........ transporting it you may want to cut a dowel the about 1/4" smaller than the size of your finished cake and push it down through all three layers.....sharpen one end like a pencil and push through the cake layers and the cardboard..........

I delivered 100s of stacked cakes w/o doing this:) It does give one a false sense of safety. I have had cakes w/this doweling in them still shift and fall.
Also I have learned if using a center dowel it is better to cut it about 1-2" *taller* than the total heigth of cake and remove it when you are at the venue. Then cover the hole w/a squirt of icing OR a decoration: flower, leaf etc.
Most people don't have any idea how to remove that center dowel! If it is pulled straight up it will take the tiers apart:( It must be twisted as it is slowly pulled up.

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