Someone Please Bust Open The Secret On How To Stack This Cak

Decorating By justfrosting Updated 15 Nov 2008 , 4:53pm by -K8memphis

jojo12 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 12:40am
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are you saying you would put a dowel through the wedge and does the dowel poke into the cake board? or would you use something else to secure the wedge to the cake board? Just trying to picture this and it seems like it would be a little difficult to do.

Doug Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:20am
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note in wedge diagram...

the one long dowel going all the way through just like in any stacked tier set up.

this holds the whole thing together.

after that dowel each cake layer under a wedge just like would to for regular stacked construction.

BarbaraK Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 8:14am
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I would not dare to attempt something like that ... but if I did, I would prefer the styrofoam wedge method. The cake with all the dowels looks like a nightmare. You would need a blueprint to show you where to make the first cut of the cake.

countrycakes Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 12:55pm
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icon_smile.gif Are you saying if you use the wedges, to just use the one long dowel, or to dowel with the others as well? This is certainly a more stable looking tt cake than the other kind, imo. icon_smile.gif

SweetArt Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:27pm
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No, you should dowel each layer like you normally would, then put on a board, then the wedge, and then the next cake. Doug's wedge picture is right one, except it doesn't show the smaller dowels in each layer supporting the wedges.

Katskakes Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:38pm
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yesterday i was going to post about this. I think i have only stacked one cake (baby shower in pics) but did not use any dowels. Just topped it one on top of the other. since it was for the family, it was not biggie. But i'm dying to try a stacked cake. i'm afraid cause i really don't know how. I have seen many posts, tutorials online and no on. but i'm still very, very confused and scared to try. I wish i had a decorator close to me that i can watch at least once to see for myself how this is done.

sun33082 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:51pm
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I still don't see what keeps the cake from sliding off of the board. Even if each individual cake is doweled, the dowels are still resting on the cake board, so they could slide right along with the cake, couldn't they?

lu9129 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:52pm
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I can look at a picture and pretty much duplicate it when I need to. But this one I need to see it done.
I may just be really tired of maybe just stupid, but I am still not clear.

---If wedges, you only need the wedge straight down the middle of the cake???

---If not wedges, use tons of dowels?

I have never placed a dowel straight down the middle of my tierd caked, so this is new to me.

Thanks Doug, but please clear this up for me.


delgado2134 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:53pm
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That website sells the foam already cut for you!! I bought from them and will be trying that same cake this weekend!!!! icon_eek.gif

lu9129 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 2:54pm
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See I can't even say it and type it much less understand it!!!!! lol

I meant if you use the wedge you need the dowel straight down the middle of the cake!!!!


Heather13 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 6:09pm
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Thanks delgado2134 for the website. That store is only 4 miles from my house and I didn't even know it existed! icon_eek.gif

I'll have to go check it out!

Monica0271 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 6:25pm
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icon_eek.gif Holy cow.

When I looked at that cake. It scared me. THEN Doug that visual thumbs_up.gif WOW I really want to try this.

Hummmm.... icon_rolleyes.gif

For some, scary, reason this cake is not scary to me. I think the other topsey turvey (where you place one cake layer onto another) is MUCH scarier.

edited for spelling icon_redface.gif

Monica0271 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 6:31pm
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Originally Posted by sun33082

I still don't see what keeps the cake from sliding off of the board. Even if each individual cake is doweled, the dowels are still resting on the cake board, so they could slide right along with the cake, couldn't they?

icon_eek.gif Or I see the cake starting cracking at the dowel because of the pressure of the cake sliding off.

OK I am not sure that I want to try this cake now. icon_redface.gif

imartsy Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 6:55pm
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Oh I am soooo thankful Doug! I've done one topsy turvy cake trying to follow the directions on the tutorial here at CC - let me tell you that was a nightmare! Only God held that cake together - the middle layer had a huge chunk fall off of it when I was decorating.... AUGH! I "glued" it back on with some buttercream and Thank GOD it stayed! But I would like to try the wedge method. I have trouble understanding how the cakes don't crack or fall off too..... and I got Colette's book but she doesn't really explain it too well (or not enough for me!). And thank you delgado2134 for posting that info. about Dallas Foam! I was wondering about that...

See I thought you would have to cut the cakes at an angle that matched the angle of the wedge and then the cake on top would be sitting "flat" but the bottom layer would look like it was "topsy turvy" at an angle.... and then you would repeat for the next tier.... 'cause I just don't get the "not falling off the board part..... I understand the dowel through the entire thing helping, but still.... guess it's just fear! A good slap of buttercream underneath the cake layer and the dowels should probably hold it together - just a tough concept to grasp! We've all had cakes slip and slide all over those "tilting turntables" - I think that's where the fear comes from!!!

Monica0271 Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 7:04pm
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Imartsy- I love your topsy turvy cake. Aprox. how long did it take you to do it? Is it a 6", 8" & 10"? Just the cake not the monkeys too.

I really want to make a topsey turvy cake. dang.

imartsy Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 7:22pm
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Aww Monica0271, thanks! You're too sweet. I'd PM the info but I couldn't find a PM button - if you'll PM or e-mail me, I'll send you some more info. on my cake.

I went to Dallas Foam's website but I didn't see wedges.... or did I misundestand? I saw a whimsical dummy cake but I thought you were talking about wedges.....

I would LOVE (hint hint) if someone did a step by step tutorial on this!!! If I ever decide to make one again I'll definitely try this method - I'll document it too but I'm sure someone else will be making a cake like this long before I will! So if THEY wanted to document it and post the tutorial here.... we'd all greatly appreciate it!

Doug Posted 16 Mar 2007 , 8:37pm
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to whomever asked....(short attention span to day -- one of "those" days)

yes, w/ tall tiered cakes best to put a dowel all the way down through all the layers to hold the whole thing together...


and re: comment I didn't show all the support dowels that would be used w/ wedges (done just like standard tier cake) -- so sorry -- but was all doweled out by that point.

prterrell Posted 2 Jun 2007 , 5:38pm
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delgado2134 - thanks for the link! Can't wait to order from them!

Doug - thanks for the diagram! You ROCK!!!!

KrisD13 Posted 23 May 2008 , 5:44am
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I tried that link on the first page to look at the cake, but "it is no more"......I guess it was one of those duplicate photos?

Anyway, is there another link to that cake that someone can post?


Dru329 Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 4:05am
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-K8memphis Posted 15 Nov 2008 , 4:53pm
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Since the original photo is departed, I have one to supply for Kris if she's still out there. I call it my tilt-a-whirl. This is my all time favorite cake in the world. It's on my business cards.

Oh yeah, I used a piece of the ribbly shelf paper (that we use to keep things from sliding under boxes in vehicles) on top & bottom of my wedges to make sure nothing got 'carried away' on me.

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