Looks like this to me....
? tall tier cake stand?
Looks like this to me....
On the Wilton picture you provided a link to the separator plate still shows. Other than cover it with flowers, what would you suggest to hide that? I have never used the plastic plates before, always the cardboard ones. So, I was thinking that perhaps they sell some that are slightly smaller than you need to hide that, or do they not sell them like that?
No, Wilton is NOT the way you'd do this! Actually, Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes book gives detailed instructions on how to do this particular cake. If you can't get your hands on it, let me know and I'll PM the instructions to you. Don't want to infringe on copyrights, you know :}
Well, I would use the SPS with the 9" pillars (it's similar to wilton's "push in pillars" but more stable). However, I'm not sure how hard it would be to get the SPS to the UK.
There are several way this can be done. You could use small (6"?)
styro pieces as separators instead of pillars and pack the flowers around the open space. This way you can use cake boards the same size as the cake for the 'plate' Glue it to the styro. I'm thinking this might be the way you should go so you don't have to worry about obtaining something not available in your area
Or either of the ways already mentioned.
I have a cake coming up next month stacked like that (kinda: 14"- flowers-10"-8"-then a flower topper) Anyway, my plan is to use a 12" round piece or styrofoam between the 14" and 10" tiers with the (silk) flowers arranged on it.
That just seems to be the most stable way of doing it, so long as i have tea straws in the 14" and 10".
So I guess I'm only help if you're using sliks, lol.
This should give you and idea how to put it together http://www.cakecentral.com/article49-Building-The-Cake-Combination-Pillar--Stacked-Construction.html
The cake looks to be a 6, 8, 10 or a 6, 9, 12, with the top two tiers sitting on plates just slightly larger then the cake. They need support and my first thought was that they just used push in columns and then put the floral oasis between the tiers. However, I can see the plate sitting on the bottom tier, so I'm not sure if it's for support or just to hold the flowers. Personally, to get this look, I'd do the push-in columns and let the florist worry about how to get the look of the flowers. If I were doing the flowers, I'd still do the push-in columns and use a cardboard to set the floral oasis on. If it were silk flowers and I was responsible for them, I'd glue them to styrofoams slightly smaller than the tiers they were going under and then use a plate above and below and use the styrofoam as the support between the tiers, and dowels in the tiers. Make sense? Lots of ways to do it depending on the flowers and who has to do them!
I created a file for the Martha Stewart version of constructing this cake since I've had some requests for it. If anyone else would like it, send me your email - the instructions have pics, too. HTH