The last two stacked cakes I did were HIDEOUS! and one fell completetly apart in the car during delivery! I had to fly to TARGET and have them scape the picture off a premade cake that was on the shelf. I was so discouraged and sad I still feel like crying.
I think I have just lost my touch with dowel rods.
My am going to try my luck with drinking straws on the next cake I stack next weekend. However, I need to know where I can get some nice sturdy drinking straws. The ones at walmart seem so flemsy. Any ideas?
I've always used regular drinking straws and have had no problems.
One option would be bubble tea straws - they can be found online or you could even try looking for them at an Asian market in your city.
Another option - which I probably shouldn't advocate since it's technically stealing - is AFTER you order your food from McDonald's grab a handful of their straws. They are stronger than the average one.
You really need to try out Bakery Craft SPS Single Plate System, Global Sugar Art now sells the components. Very sturdy, no dowel or straw cutting. I have traveled over 3 hours with 3tier stacked cakes successfully.
I always use the bubble straws and never had any trouble - not once. If I can't find them at the Asian market (ocassionally they don't have them), I go to the 7-11 stores and check the 'slurpee' straws. Once I even asked if I could buy the box - they said "that would be the manager's decision and he's not here, but you can take what you need for now"
So .... for the price of a small slurpee for DD, I took a 3/4 full box of the large straws. I took what I needed - why'd she I asked to purchase a box, because I only needed 2 of them?