When To Use Wooden Dowell?

Decorating By tammynblake Updated 12 Nov 2008 , 3:33am by leah_s

tammynblake Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 12:03am
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Newby here. Can someone please tell me when do you use wooden dowells? I am making just a round cake to play with and want to make it bigger than just a normal 2 layer size. And while I'm on that subject, how may layers (9 inch pan) do you put together to make a nice cake? TIA.


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Malakin Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 12:09am
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Welcome to CC! I no longer use the wooden dowels because of spintering and if you do put them in straws cause some people say the cake tastes like wood. I use bubble tea straws instead. If it is only a 9" with 2 layers, I usually don't use any. If I use three tiers all the same size 9", I use one down the middle to stabilize. You usually use them to keep what is on top of your layers, like mutli tiers, from crushing down on the bottom tier or going lopsided. Don't forgot to add sps or cardboard cake circles.

kakeladi Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:09am
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In a word - NEVER. There are better ways to support tiers than using wood dowels: plastic drink straws &/or SPS. It depends on how many tiers and how tall each tier is.

the rule of thumb is to support any cake above 4"-5" tall. If you put together three 2" layers you really don't need to use dowels. It might help to use one thru the center if the cake is going to be transported

leah_s Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:21am
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Yes, my answer was also going to be never. If you're supporting a tiered cake, use SPS. Let's get you started right and then we won't see you over on the Cake Disasters Forum.

tammynblake Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 3:32am
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thanks so much for the replies. One more question, what in the world is SPS?


leah_s Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 3:33am
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SPS = Single Plate Separator.

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