Do I Need Extra Support?

Decorating By fabfour Updated 23 Aug 2008 , 7:46pm by ThreeDGirlie

fabfour Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 12:41pm
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I am making a tool box cake later today. It is a 9x13 but 3 stacked with buttercream in between. I was wondering if I would need extra support or anything? I know I'm okay with 2 layer but I've never done the 3 layer before. Thanks

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becklynn Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 12:49pm
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Are you going to be transporting it?
You could always put a couple of dowels in it just to be safe.

Good luck!

fabfour Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 1:27pm
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I am going to be transporting about 5 miles.

Toptier Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 5:52pm
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How tall will the finished cake be? If it is taller than 5" I would put the top layer of cake on a board and support underneath with dowels.

jules1719 Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 7:15pm
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Rule of thumb, you need support for every 3-4 inches of cake. For a 5" inch high cake, it's best to make two (2) 2 1/2 inch high cakes with supports in the bottom. This is more important with dense cakes and less so with sponges. Just a rule of thumb, FWIW...

You can't ever have too much support...

tonedna Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 7:44pm
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Yup!...I agree..better safe than sorry!
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ThreeDGirlie Posted 23 Aug 2008 , 7:46pm
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Also think about how this cake will be served... For me, 3 layers would be 6" of cake + filling and frosting. That's going tobe an awkward shape to cut and serve.

I would make 4 layers out of the ame amount of batter. Layer 2 of them on a board and stack on top of the other 2 layers. Then when it is time to serve, you will have 2 cakes that are the same size/depth and you don;t have half of the people eatig cake with filling and half eating it without...

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