Question On Stacking Cakes

Decorating By FH_Cakes Updated 27 Mar 2009 , 1:39am by Rylan

FH_Cakes Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 8:58pm
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I have an order for a 3 tier (6"/8"/10") cake. I have never done a tier before. Do I need to use dowels with this or is this small enough to just stack?

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PinkZiab Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 9:04pm
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You MUST use some support system (whether it be dowels, SPS, SFS, bubble straws, etc) inside this cake.

mjs4492 Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 9:06pm
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I would suggest dowel rodding it. Especially if it's going to be transported.

Some people don't dowel rod a 6" and a 10". Opinions will vary I'm sure but I would dowel rod it.

Good Luck! thumbs_up.gif

bashini Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 9:52pm
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Hi, I have always used dowel rodds. You need to dowel the 10" and the 8" . You need to insert at least 4 dowels each. If you are going to transport the cake already stacked, you need to insert a centre dowel too. And also make sure that you put thin boards under the 8" and 6" cakes as the same size as the cakes.

Here is a link from Wilton site on how you use dowel rodds.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/dowel-rod-construction.cfm

And this one is how you stack the tiers.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/stacked-tiered-cake-construction.cfm

Hope these help you in anyway! icon_smile.gifthumbs_up.gif

JanH Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 10:53pm
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Everything you need to know to bake, assemble and decorate tiered, stacked/layer cakes:
(Also has popular CC recipes for: doctored cake mix (WASC and variations) American b/c's and fondant.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605188.html
(Has link to photo illustrations of all the common cake support systems with complete directions.)

Leahs also has a sticky on SPS:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-603925.html

HTH

Rylan Posted 27 Mar 2009 , 1:39am
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I personally wouldn't take the risk stacking 3 tiers without any support. It could slip, it could sink and you'd be left with a huge problem. I honestly would prefer Leahs SPS but since I don't have them available, I stick to my wooden dowel and boba straws.

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