Do You Think I Need To Add Dowel Rods?

Decorating By Lori2240 Updated 1 May 2008 , 2:48pm by Lori2240

Lori2240 Posted 29 Apr 2008 , 9:47pm
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I am making an 8in. square cake. It will be about 8-9 inches tall and slightly tapered at the bottom (maybe 1 1/2 - 2 inches). Do you think I need to add dowel rods? I am putting buttercream over it and gumpaste flowers on top. Thanks in advance!!!

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KoryAK Posted 29 Apr 2008 , 10:41pm
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Yep, make it actually 2 cakes iced as one with dowels and cardboard in between.

leily Posted 30 Apr 2008 , 1:04am
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You will need more than dowels for a cake that tall. My rule of thumb is for every 4" of cake vertically you need a board to support the above layers, then you have the dowels under the board to support above.

Lori2240 Posted 30 Apr 2008 , 12:49pm
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thank you for your feedback. I am kinda confused. So I should a layer of cake icing cake and then cardboard (like a cakeboard?) then dowel that, and then put the top layer over the cardboard? Thanks!!!

KoryAK Posted 1 May 2008 , 12:25am
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yep, just like its 2 separate cakes then ice the whole thing together.

Lori2240 Posted 1 May 2008 , 12:47am
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thank you so much for your advice. I would have done it all as one. I think you saved me a cake disaster! Thanks!!!

Lori2240 Posted 1 May 2008 , 2:21pm
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1 more question. If I make this technically as 2 seperate cakes, how do I serve it? Do I cut at the top until I reach the cardboard and then somehow disassemble it? There will be 2 different cake flavors, so if I did it that way, the top will be different from the bottom. Thanks!!!

Lori2240 Posted 1 May 2008 , 2:48pm
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1 more question. If I make this technically as 2 seperate cakes, how do I serve it? Do I cut at the top until I reach the cardboard and then somehow disassemble it? There will be 2 different cake flavors, so if I did it that way, the top will be different from the bottom. Thanks!!!

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