5-Tiered Cake.....

Decorating By mjs4492 Updated 30 May 2009 , 3:31pm by Alice1230

mjs4492 Posted 19 May 2009 , 8:26pm
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I am making a 5-tiered wedding cake for this weekend and would like the advice from any of you about construction/travel....

The cake is a 6", 9", 12", 15" and an 18" styrofoam dummy layer - all buttercream/basketweave. It will be on (2) 1/2" foam core boards and double dowel rodded from top to bottom.
The distance it will travel will be approximately 10-15 minutes with no sharp turns, bumps, etc.

QUESTION: would you take the cake all put together if you have help loading and unloading it? I am more nervous about finishing the cake onsite than I would be to travel with it all put together.

Thank you for the advice!

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mjs4492 Posted 19 May 2009 , 8:31pm
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Please help!

jammjenks Posted 19 May 2009 , 8:54pm
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If the road is as easy as you have described, I'd definately travel with it assembled. I did so with this one. For support I used bubble tea straws and cardboard cake boards between each tier. The bottom base was 1/2 plywood. You will definately need help moving it.

kyhendry Posted 19 May 2009 , 8:56pm
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I would definitely use the SPS system. Check out http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-603925.html for the complete low down on them. Leah says she delivers hers stacked and ready to go with no issues.

If you have a supply store near you see if they carry them. With the wedding this weekend you might be cutting close so if you don't have a store near you then I'd try using a really good dowel system with a center dowel thru all 5 tiers. Without SPS I might do the 3 large tiered and take the other 2 and put them on there.

Good luck and show us your pics afterward.

JodieF Posted 19 May 2009 , 9:45pm
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Don't forget to factor in the weight of the cake when deciding to assemble beforehand. The five tier I made weighed over 90 pounds! I never could have carried it, and would have hesitated, even with help.


mjs4492 Posted 19 May 2009 , 11:37pm
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Thank ya'll very much!!

I use the SFS system for support and 3/16" foam core boards under each cake layer.

I think I needed back-up - that I wasn't crazy about assembling the cake for delivery.

Thank you again!

PinkZiab Posted 19 May 2009 , 11:47pm
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I travel with all of my cakes fully assembled (and every tier is on masonite, as well as a masonite baseboard), so they are quite heavy. but I have never had a disaster. I would never want to assemble onsite. I like to drop and go!

mjs4492 Posted 20 May 2009 , 12:03am
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Thanks again! I'm feeling better now. thumbs_up.gif

mjs4492 Posted 24 May 2009 , 3:12pm
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Here's a picture of the cake.

It made it completely in tact!! A friend of mine rode with me and we did have to make a sudden stop ---- The cake didn't move an inch!! I almost peed my pants........

Thanks to you all for the support and help!

beachcakes Posted 24 May 2009 , 6:41pm
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Beautiful cake!

aztomcat Posted 30 May 2009 , 3:23pm
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Your Basketweave is perfection! Great Job

Eisskween Posted 30 May 2009 , 3:30pm
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Congratulations on the successful move! And your cake is awesome! icon_biggrin.gif

Alice1230 Posted 30 May 2009 , 3:31pm
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beautiful....glad it worked out!

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