I have to make a spongebob cake for my cousin. I am using the picture below as inspiration (Thanks to whoever made the cake..I had it saved under your name but lost your name somehow...) Anyway... When I am stacking a cake like this I would assume you'd have to have cake boards between the layers for stability. I'd also like to put one or two dowels in it.... So... How do i get the dowels through the cake boards? Do I have to cut holes in the cake boards before I put the cakes on the cake boards?
Does my question make sense?
You should put in cake boards and dowels approx every 4" of cake. The dowels are placed under each tier to support the weight of the cake above it. As for the dowel going through the cake board, you only need one of those to add stability and you put that in after the whole cake is done. You will need to sharpen the end of it like a pencil and you'll want to cut it slightly smaller than the height of the whole cake so it does not show (I cut it about an inch or so smaller) and you hammer it into the cake so that it will go thru all the cakes and the boards. When you only have a small amount of the dowel visible you will want to put another dowel on top of it so you still have something to hammer it all the way to the bottom.
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that' a HUGE help!! Thank you SO much!!
Anyway... When I am stacking a cake like this I would assume you'd have to have cake boards between the layers for stability. I'd also like to put one or two dowels in it.... So... How do i get the dowels through the cake boards? Do I have to cut holes in the cake boards before I put the cakes on the cake boards?
The dowels support the weight of the tiers on top. The cake boards sit on top of the dowels. You do not need to cut holes in the cake boards. Only one of the dowels (the final one that I mentioned you would use for stability) will go through all of the cake boards and it being sharpened at the tip like a pencil and being hammered through will do the trick. You will need several dowels though for each layer under the cake boards.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Here's a link that shows some pics of stacking a cake (it's a combination of stacked pillared). If you look at the first pic you will see what appears to be holes in the largest (bottom tier) cake those are the dowels. It gives you an idea of how many you need. You can space them apart about a couple of inches. Also you will want to cut them level to the top of your icing and make sure they are all the same height otherwise the cake will not be straight.
Sorry forgot the link but I did find another one for you too