Delivering Lg. Assembled Cakes (How Does He Do It?)

Decorating By kellertur Updated 18 Oct 2008 , 2:50am by deliciously_decadent

kellertur Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:19am
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Hello,
I've noticed that Duff seems to always deliver fully assembled (large) stacked,etc. cakes, even long distances... how is this possible????
I understand delivering a stacked 3 tier, but 4-5 tier? And some of them are quite intricate and fragile. I've never seen him assemble a cake on site (unless they were staying for an event, etc.)

Does anyone know this secret? I have a tiny car, so that option is out for me, but I'd love to know how he manages this... to me, this is an incredible feat !! icon_eek.gificon_smile.gif

thanks ~

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laurynrn Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:31am
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I have wondered this myself. Geof delivered his sister's wedding cake to PA and it was all stacked but the top layer icon_eek.gif
I hope someone has a clue??

PinkZiab Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:33am
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Good support and stacking skills... and careful driving lol (although with the former, the latter is less important). The largest I have had to deliver on my own was 6 tier and I delivered it fully stacked. I always assemble prior to delivery.

kellertur Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:39am
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you delivered a 6 tier cake assembled??? icon_eek.gif What????

Are you driving a gutted-out double decker bus???? That is amazing!!!

pastryjen Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:45am
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Are you driving a gutted-out double decker bus???? That is amazing!!!




That's so funny...my nerves would be shot delivering a stacked cake!

AmazingGraceCakes Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:45am
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With Sugarshack's tips I was able to deliver a 6 tier as well, I've done 4 tiers no problem but the 6 tier was a bit scary. I learned from Sugarshack to put a dowel all the way down through the entire cake, worked wonderfully! I do have a huge van, too.icon_smile.gif My computer is going wacky so I'm not able to upload the picture of the cakeicon_sad.gif

liapsim Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:50am
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Yeah but what a lot of people don't realize that with Duff's cakes, most of the cakes are partial styrofoam, partial wood, partial whatever he creates the cake out of and it's not ALL cake.

So those of you who actually can stack a 6 tier and drive it completely stacked....kudos to you for doing it all cake...all the way!!!!

FromScratch Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:50am
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A 6 tiered cake isn't THAT tall.. LOL. That'ssix tiers at 4" tall each.. 24" or so.. 2 feet tall.. maybe 2.5 feet if your tiers are taller. That will easily fit in a cargo bay of any SUV.. even my little Ford Escape.. it'd even fit on the floor behind the passenger seat in some cars. I'm more amazed because it'd be HEAVY... pink.. you must eat your Wheaties.. icon_wink.gif

PinkZiab Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 3:05am
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Yes it fit in the back of a yukon XL, and yes it was VERY HEAVY (especially since each tier was on masonite, but that adds to the stability, I believe)... I had two guys carry it... I could barely lift the bottom two tiers myself once they were together lol

kellertur Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 3:06am
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I learned from Sugarshack to put a dowel all the way down through the entire cake, worked wonderfully! (




How do you do that when you have cake circles under each tier? Is there another way to do the stacked construction without cake circle supports?

About putting cakes behind the seats... I'm assuming these are too big for boxes... I've always wondered how dust, lint, etc doesn't end up on the fondant surface, which attracts dust so easily. Please share.... icon_confused.gif
Thanks ~

FromScratch Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 3:09am
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You sharpen one end of the dowel and push it on through. I don't like doing that with cardboard cake circles.. since they are corrugated and can bend "with the grain" so-to-speak. Sharon uses foam core under her cakes and you don't have the issues with the bending like you do with normal cake circles.

PinkZiab Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 4:42am
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I use masonite circles drilled with a hole in the center under each tier and lower them onto the center dowel, rather than drive the dowel through after stacking.

kellertur Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:05pm
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When using masonite or foam core to separate tiers, what do you cover your circles with?

Thanks everyone. icon_smile.gif

PinkZiab Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:10pm
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When using masonite or foam core to separate tiers, what do you cover your circles with?

Thanks everyone. icon_smile.gif




Cake lol

I don't cover the circles with anything.

AmazingGraceCakes Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 2:27pm
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Originally Posted by AmazingGraceCakes

I learned from Sugarshack to put a dowel all the way down through the entire cake, worked wonderfully! (



How do you do that when you have cake circles under each tier? Is there another way to do the stacked construction without cake circle supports?

About putting cakes behind the seats... I'm assuming these are too big for boxes... I've always wondered how dust, lint, etc doesn't end up on the fondant surface, which attracts dust so easily. Please share.... icon_confused.gif
Thanks ~




Yes, Sharon uses foam core, I use the cardboard cake circles and haven't had a problem. Just sharing what I do.icon_smile.gif

kandu001 Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 10:43pm
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All I can say about Duff delivering his masterpieces is that he's Duff! princess.gif

deliciously_decadent Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 12:18am
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i take all mine preassembled using a central dowel, i predrill central holes in my cake cards prior to using then on my base board i drill in a hole and glue in the master dowels then 'drop' the cakes over the dowel (premeasure the heights of you cakes and make the dowel come to half way up the top tier) dowel each tier as normal then i glue each tier with a combo of fondant balls and RI I deliver up to 2 hours away and have taken 5 tiers (even topsys) pre assembled like this with no trouble (well one disatser but that was the roads fault not the cakes) i box the cake in a large removal box with lots of tape and nonslip matting (as i have a nightmare of the box bottom comming open!) then place rolled up towels on my front car seat as it is sloped and this levels it, then i put in the box and seat belt it in then move the chair as far forward as it will go so that the box cannot move run the aircon on high and drive slowly around corners and check regularly, once i'm on the motorway it all good! i live in a hilly area with lots of roundabouts so it can be nerve racking but i don't have time to assemble onsite either! I ALSO HAVE A LOT OF MY CAKES PICKED UP SO THEY NEED TO BE ABLE (oops caps lock!) to be transported by 'non cake people'! i have had several 4 tier wonkies picked up with no problem! even a 5 tier taken interstate by the brides mother! its all in the support system and i know people hate the old dowels but its all i use!

woodthi32 Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 12:32am
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adatay,
I am in AWE!
So you predrill the base and glue in the center dowel, then lower your cakes with predrilled bases. The cakse are dowelled in the normal fashion. Could you explain wha tyou mean by "glue" the tiers? Do you mean to the individual boards...or something different?
Also, do you use masonite for your boards between tiers or something else?
Thanks!!icon_smile.gif

kellertur Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 12:38am
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I just realized... (with NO disrespect to Duff at all ~ he's great).... most of the cakes on that show are made by his incredibly talented staff. I didn't mean to sell them short. I'd really love to see more of Duff's work on that show. icon_smile.gif

Thanks for the tips ~ I just received both a Colette and Debbie Brown book in the mail today (amazon.com, baby ~ free shipping's a good thing). Colette also mentioned the foam core supports. Now I can't wait to try that!!!!

cakeandpartygirl Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 12:44am
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Wow!!!!! the light bulb just went off in my head. Can you see it. LOL I just learned something pink, I always wondered how that was done. I was thinking wow they are some awesome decorators that can find the center from the top. I didn't realize that you'd be going from the bottom. Thanks so much for the info.

deliciously_decadent Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 2:50am
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So you predrill the base and glue in the center dowel, then lower your cakes with predrilled bases. The cakse are dowelled in the normal fashion. Could you explain wha tyou mean by "glue" the tiers? Do you mean to the individual boards...or something different?
Also, do you use masonite for your boards between tiers or something else?
Thanks!!



Hi woodthi32, hanks for the compliments! i use cake cards not masonite but they are still pretty thick so i find the center of each board and drill a hole in them (6mm drill piece for my 6mm dowels) i heard some people sharpen their dowels and poke them through but they must have thinner boards than me as there is no way i could poke a hole in mine on there own little own once assembled. then i drill a sink hole in my base board and fillit with real glue then stick in my dowel and leave to dry, (after covering board that is!) then i slide the cakes over and down the central dowel after dowelling eac tier as normal, this also gets the cakes perfectly central too which is handy! the way i glue each tier is by applying a ball of fondant moistened in water to the top of each dowel (the individual tier dowels not the central dowel) then squirt some RI in between the fondant balls. the fondant stcks straight away and also alows a little gap to get your fingers out and as the fondant squishes down under the weight of the top tier it settles better the RI then dries and glues stringer than the fondant does for a better hold. the fondant balls are really necessary when glueing or stacking topsy turvy cakes as it stops the tiers slidding while the RI dries. hop i helped! if i forgot anything let me know!

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