How Many Dowels?

Decorating By ajjhmf Updated 12 May 2009 , 5:54pm by Loucinda

ajjhmf Posted 12 May 2009 , 12:44pm
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I'm trying my second stacked cake this weekend and since my first leaned a bit, I knew I did it wrong. I couldn't find dowels the last time and used cookie sticks. Not really a good plan, I know.

I'm doing a simple 6in on an 8in for my daughter's recital. What would be the best and least expensive way to stack it?


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Loucinda Posted 12 May 2009 , 1:00pm
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If I am using dowels (or bubble tea straws) I figure one dowel for each inch arround the cake is that they are supporting. So for a 6" on an 8" - I would put 6 supports in the 8" cake.

VERY IMPORTANT to make sure you get the supports in STRAIGHT. If they are slightly angled at all, the whole support structure is compromised.

leah_s Posted 12 May 2009 , 1:05pm
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No dowels. Use SPS. I use it for every cake, even a 6 over an 8.

Loucinda Posted 12 May 2009 , 1:41pm
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I agree with Leahs - but if you are doing the cake this weekend, I don't think there is anywhere you can order the SPS and get it in time.

The dowels/bubble tea straws will work in a pinch - but Leahs SPS is about Non fail....order those when you get the chance.

ajjhmf Posted 12 May 2009 , 3:51pm
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I think your right that I don't have time to get an SPS here by Saturday, so I'll use dowels and order one for my next cake. There is a bubble tea place not far from here that I night go ask if I can buy some straws.


Jan14grands Posted 12 May 2009 , 4:48pm
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I'm going to sound stupid - but what are SPS's?

Loucinda Posted 12 May 2009 , 5:54pm
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SPS are a cake stacking system. If you go to the HOW DO I section, there is a post there by leahs on how to use them and where to get them. They are kind of like the wilton plates and pillars, but nicer.

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