How Many Layers High Before Need Cake Boards?

Decorating By pkinkema Updated 30 Jan 2009 , 6:14am by paulstonia

pkinkema Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 9:23pm
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I'm making a 10" purse cake to match my granddaughter's party decorations and need some guidance, please. Picture of what the cake will look like is below.

Can I just stack layers that high before sculpting? Or will I need to put a cake board half way up? Seems like a board would would sure mess up the sculpting!

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pkinkema Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 9:25pm
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Let's try that attachment again!

Joybeth Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 9:36pm
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I don't see why you would need to. I would put a couple dowels in it though.

Mencked Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 9:38pm
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I'm not really sure how big the purse you are making is actually going to be (10" long?) but here's a picture of a purse cake that I did and the base was started from a 7"X11" sheet cake. This cake was carved from 3 layers of cake and I did put a cake board in between the 2 and 3 layers and I'm glad I did since it did have to travel about 1/2 an hour for delivery!

Granpam Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 9:43pm
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I made a shopping bag cake ( in my photos) It was 4 layers and I put a board between layer 2 and 3 just like Mencked. I generally use the same rule for carved cakes that I use for any stascked cake a board every 2 layers for stability.

pkinkema Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 10:52pm
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Thanks, ladies! Sure am glad you guys are around for those of us who have questions--much better to find out beforehand than as an "uh-oh"!

Makes sense to use cakeboards--otherwise you'd be cutting thru four or five layers!

I'll plan on 3 layers on bottom, cakeboard, then 2 more layers. That should be a nice size cake! (Obviously, I will carve the cake and then go back and insert cakeboards, right?)

Lots of sugar for those little 9 year olds at a slumber party! Glad the party is not at my house!

sweetneice Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 11:15pm
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This is great info, thanks for asking that question, because I wanted to experiment with it myself. Do you just stack or carve first before putting the boards in? I'm new to carving, sorry if it sounds stupid.

paulstonia Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 5:18pm
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I'm making a purse cake that's tall like the shopping bag granpam made. How do you keep it from tipping?

Granpam Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 4:45am
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paulstonia I used a dowel in the middle just like you would in a tiered cake. hope I'm not too late to help.

paulstonia Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 6:14am
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Thanks, not to late I putting it together tomorrow. Wish me luck icon_smile.gif

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