transport. It would only be a 15min drive to destination. Its such a small stacked cake i wonder if it is necessary to dowel it?
I would! It's best to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.
I always dowel two tier cakes. You never know how long it'll sit at the customer's location before being cut and even an 8" cake is heavy enough to start sinking!
And anything could happen even during a short transport. Better safe than sorry...
Yes, especially if you are planning on traveling with it stacked. I would always dowel or use SPS, even if it were being served here since the weight of the upper tier seems to smoosh into the bottom if I don't. GL
ABSOLUTELY!!! I dowel anything that is stacked on top, the one time that I didn't the cake sank into the bottom tier another thought is that any idiot could cut you off on the road, and your tier could go flying! that happend to my husband with a delivery he did. I say can't hurt and it is only extra support!
Rule of thumb - "When in doubt - dowel" Better to be safe than sorry.
Skipping the 5 minutes it takes to cut and insert dowels is not worth the worry or wondering if the cake will hold up or not. Just dowel it.
I have a 7in & 11in to do this weekend, and I'm dowelling that.
an 8" cake is heavier than you think.. when I fill my pans I measure them by weight so I have the same amount in each pan. It takes about 2 pounds of batter to fill one two in tall 8" pan 3/4's the way. So that's 4 pounds of batter alone for a double layer cake.. Add the filling and icing and you have a solid 4.5 - 5 pounds.. more if there's fondant. I always always always dowel stacked cakes.. especially if you are going to travel with them.. any shift in the center of gravity of that cake and there could (and most likely would) be some shifting and/or sinking.
THanks everyone...perhaps i wasn't fully clear and worded wrong..I did intend on supporting the cake with doweling beneath the 8inch...What i was more specifically talking about is a center dowel?
But by reading your responses i should put the center dowel too. Thanks.
Well now that makes a difference.. If you are traveling a short distance, and you make sure all of your dowels are the same length and your cake is level, you can forgo the central dowel.
For just 2 tiers I would not put the center dowel thru . It just isn't necessary.
Now support dowels yes!
You have to get used to transporting cakes w/o being a total nervous wreck sometime Doing so w/your small 2 tiers is the perfect way to up your confidence.
I agree though with only two tiers and minimal transport a center dowel isn't really necessary, as long as you have your upper tier supported you'll be okay.