I'm making a large stacked carved pirate ship. I was thinking I would make three 9x13's the first 2 stacked to form the base and the last cut into 3 pieces to form the raised deck levels at the front and back. My question is do I need to use dowels and boards in between, or is that just for bigger cakes (I am frosting in buttercream)? Also how would you put this together, freeze, then stack and shape? Do I put buttercream between each layer? Can you tell this is my first 3-D Thank you for any help you can give me!
Very nice diagram. On the two that I made (in my photos) I used cardboard on the pieces that set on top. I also put in some dowels to support the load where the larger piece sits. Then finally doweled through all for the final support. Buttercream acts like mortar to hold the cake layers together and crumb coating helps to seal it. I froze my cake after baking but let it defrost overnight before cutting and carving. One cake was chocolate, the other vanilla. I would use a sturdy cake with a pound cake consistency. Hope this helps. Pam from Bama
I agree with the above doweling procedure as well, but also have to say what a great diagram your ship is!!
Thanks for the help and the compliments on the diagram (sorry don't know why it posted twice), it was just easier to wrap my head around when I put it together that way, someone else here mentioned using MS Publisher and it was a great tip! I just love this place, I've gotten so much inspiration and info!