Out Of Dowels- What About Straws?

Decorating By harrisonsmama Updated 9 May 2008 , 10:45pm by MacsMom

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harrisonsmama Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:16pm
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I have used straws on the past- but am a little nervous. I have a 10" and 8" stacked square cakes. Can I use straws as supports? any suggestions?

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Carson Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:24pm
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Straws hold up pretty well, especially if its just one tier (8") they have to support. I have never had a problem, as long as they are all the same height and in straight!

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showersfamily4 Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:28pm
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I have used straws and they worked great. They best kind to use is "bubble tea straws" because they are bigger in diameter and sturdier.

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sugarMomma Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:35pm
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I use straws all the time, no worries!

Have you ever seen someone stab a straw all the way through an orange before? It was on a science program when I was younger to prove how the circle was the strongest shape.

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fondantgrl Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:37pm
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Yes, the big fat straws at McDonalds or Burger King icon_smile.gif

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MacsMom Posted 9 May 2008 , 10:45pm
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I only use straws now. I swear they are stronger than dowels! I think being hollow helps, and the cake that gets trapped in the middle. I've had two leaning cakes using dowels and none at all with straws.

I buy a box of large black straws at Smert&Final for less than $4.

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