Help Stacking Wedding Cake

Decorating By jennerbug Updated 5 Apr 2009 , 4:00pm by tonedna

jennerbug Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:22pm
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Help! Bride wants 4 tier square wedding cake stacked with all cakes lined up at the back (straight down back, but with ledge around the 3 remaining sides). I've stacked regular cakes, but am afraid the cakes all against the back edge will cause the dowel rods to break the back sides of the cakes. This is confusing, but, I just want to know if I need to do anything special to support this style of cake to prevent collapse.

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phoufer Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:30pm
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I haven't done a stacked cake like you are talking about but I'll bet you can do it with the sps without any trouble. Try sending Leahs a pm, she is very helpful and is the expert on the sps method. HTH

showersfamily4 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:39pm
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Stacking them like that shouldn't be a problem provided you use boards between each layer and have the appropriate support in each cake. I personally use the big straws (bubble straws) and love the way they work.

__Jamie__ Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:48pm
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I don't think I would attempt that with wooden dowels. I would imagine SPS would be the safest thing to do.

tonedna Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:48pm
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Check this tutorial..It might help




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aggiechef Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:50pm
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Wilton also makes plastic dowel rods which I like better than the wooden ones. I don't like the wooden dowels because I keep having visions of splinters in cake. icon_smile.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 6:58pm
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And for this kind of setup, Wilton plastic pillars are the last thing I would depend on. Too shaky!

SugarLover2 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:04pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Check this tutorial..It might help




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Edna, that's a great video! I have watched yours many times, but not this one for some reason. Man girl, you are in charge of that cake! lol No fear.

Can you tell me though, where did you find the cardboard dowels? I haven't seen them before. I have heard of the bubble tea straws, do you have a source for them you can share?

Thanks!!!

Andrea

tonedna Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Check this tutorial..It might help




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Edna, that's a great video! I have watched yours many times, but not this one for some reason. Man girl, you are in charge of that cake! lol No fear.

Can you tell me though, where did you find the cardboard dowels? I haven't seen them before. I have heard of the bubble tea straws, do you have a source for them you can share?



Thanks!!!

Andrea





Thanks!..lol
Go to www.lakemaryinc.com They sell them.
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jennerbug Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:12pm
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THanks you guys for all your help, but can someone tell me what SPS is? I am really new at this stuff, so excuse my ignorance.

tonedna Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:14pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

And for this kind of setup, Wilton plastic pillars are the last thing I would depend on. Too shaky!




The thicker ones are pretty strong, I have used them with no problem
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SugarLover2 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:19pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

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Originally Posted by SugarLover2

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Originally Posted by tonedna

Check this tutorial..It might help




Edna icon_biggrin.gif



Edna, that's a great video! I have watched yours many times, but not this one for some reason. Man girl, you are in charge of that cake! lol No fear.

Can you tell me though, where did you find the cardboard dowels? I haven't seen them before. I have heard of the bubble tea straws, do you have a source for them you can share?



Thanks!!!

Andrea




Thanks!..lol
Go to www.lakemaryinc.com They sell them.
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For some reason that link doesn't work.

tonedna Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:23pm
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oops.. www.ladymaryinc.com

Edna

SugarLover2 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:24pm
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Thanks!!

__Jamie__ Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:31pm
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I bought one package of those Wilton dowels once. Maybe it was that particular package, a goof up in the processing that day at their factory, but they were uneven, and wobbly. So that scared me away from bothering with them again. icon_sad.gif

tonedna Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 7:47pm
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lol..all is possible Jamie..
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phoufer Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 3:39am
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sps stands for single plate separator. If you look under the forums tab, and the How do I tab there is a sticky posted there with the instructions. You can purchase the sps at most cake supply stores, global sugar art etc.

Carlymoon Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 4:01am
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great video tutorial just what I was looking for! thanks for posting it.

tonedna Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 4:48am
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Anytime!
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indydebi Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 1:21pm
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I've done a cake like this. It's stacked no different than any other cake except you are placing the cake on the back edge instead of centered i the middle.

you're not going to put the dowels right on the edge of the cake, so no, the dowels will not break down the wall or the edge of the cake. You will center them under the upper tier, just like you do with any regularly stacked cake.

I had one person ask "won't it smash the cake since the weight is all on one corner?" icon_confused.gif No. Because the cake on the bottom is not supporting the upper tiers .... the doweling or support system is. There is no 'weight' on the corner of the cake.

I LUV the look of this set up and hope I get more orders for it!

terrier Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 2:09pm
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Edna you are an amazing cake artist! Love your videos! You are helping the world become better cake artists!

Now.... all I need you to do is move to Canada and come stay with me for a week (or longer) to teach me all your skills icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks so much for all your hard work....

Cheers,
Ally

tonedna Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 3:32pm
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Originally Posted by terrier

Edna you are an amazing cake artist! Love your videos! You are helping the world become better cake artists!

Now.... all I need you to do is move to Canada and come stay with me for a week (or longer) to teach me all your skills icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks so much for all your hard work....

Cheers,
Ally




Funny part is, my husband was born in Canada.. icon_lol.gif
I never been there icon_redface.gif ..

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terrier Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 3:35pm
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There is no time like the present icon_lol.gif


Cheers,
Ally

tonedna Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 4:00pm
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There is no time like the present icon_lol.gif


Cheers,
Ally





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