Am about to make a 5 tiered stacked cake and am wandering which would be best to use. The white hollow plastic dowels or wooden? Also, should I deliver the cake assembled or assemble on site? I have help delivering and I won't have much time to assemble and do touch ups at the site. Is a 5 tier going to be ok to transport fully assembled?
I used the plastic dowels for the first time this past weekend. My cake still tilted a bit. I'm not sure why. The only thing I can figure is that the cake settled once they were stacked. It was four tiers and I assembeld it on site. Transporting is the worst part for me. I worry the whole way there so if I can transport separately and set up on site, that is my preference. Anyway, I liked the plastic dowels a lot. They were much easier to cut than the wooden ones are and I used fewer dowels because they are so much bigger. HTH
I've used wooden dowels and also have used plastic drinking straws (per Rose Levy Beranbaum's suggestion). I haven't done 5 tier cakes, only 4 tier. In the 4 tier I've driven a sharpened wooden dowel down the middle of the bottom 3 tiers to transport and put the 4th tier on when I got there. I haven't had any problems.