Doweling Question

Decorating By allycook Updated 9 Aug 2008 , 10:38pm by JenniferMI

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allycook Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 2:16am
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I am making a 4 tiered wedding cake, 8", 12", 15" & 18". In regard to the dowels that are supporting the 15" tier, do I need to also place dowels not only around the outer edges but also inward? I hope this makes sense. I have placed 20 1/4" ones. Is that enough or should I use larger dowels? Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

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jules1719 Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 2:35am
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The dowels should be evenly spaced over the whole area, not just around the edges. I personally use larger than 1/4 inch on the bottom tier since it is supporting the most weight. Any decent cake deorating book will have guidelines for doweling.

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leah_s Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 12:30pm
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Or you could throw out all your dowels and use SPS. There are many converts here on CC.

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lillicakes Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 2:16pm
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All of the cake books I have seen say to only dowel around the edge of the cake.

I got nervous recently when having to support a 14" layer that was on cardboard. I finally decided (after polling the experts here, and recognizing my time constraints) to just use the wilton plastic dowles around the edge (and only 8 of them) and put the cake on a separator plate. Though the dowels didn't fit into the plate like a regular SPS would, the plate added the rigidity that 14" layer needed so that support only around the edge was adequate.

I think there are many roads to Rome, so it comes down to what method will give you the most confidence and best results.

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indydebi Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 2:19pm
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I have posted a number of times that I use 4 dowels, no matter what the size .... but I think with a cake this size, even *I* would put some in the middle of that bottom tier! thumbs_up.gif

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JenniferMI Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 10:38pm
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I use 3/16" dowels on the larger cakes, and I would put a few in the center. More is better icon_smile.gif

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