I have a customer that wants a two tier cassata cake. I've been told by two people that you can't stack them. Is this true? Or are they just extra cautious?
Hi Courtney, I've seen many cassata cakes stacked for weddings and anniversaries. You just need to support your cake very well, but it's doable.
I don't know what a cassata cake is, I just looked it up, but I don't know how firm it is. But when you stack cakes, you should not be putting any pressure on the lower cake with the cake above it, all of the weight should be on the dowels. So, if the cake is firm enough to have 4 dowels (assuming you do sps), I don't see why couldn't. It does say it has to be refrigerated though...
In the Cleveland area, traditional cassata cakes are nothing but a very airy white sponge cake with lots of fresh strawberries and whipped cream icing, filled with a ricotta cream/bavarian cream/vanilla custard, etc.
I guess with the right supports, you can stack anything, but I would never attempt to stack a traditional cassata. I think the ingredients make it a recipe for a disaster.
The one cassata I did see stacked was a 3 tier square affair WITH NO BOARDS OR SUPPORTS BETWEEN THE TIERS It was a hot mess after i hr. of waiting to be served. It barely made it back to the kitchen for plates!
Just my .02