Hello all! I am new to the whole cake making craze and I need some help. My daughter is turning 3 in a week and we are having a birthday party on Sunday. I made her birthday cake last year, a simple large sheet cake, it was ok. I have only made cakes from boxed cake mixes. This year I am going to do the same (cake from a box). I will be making two different cakes. The regular sheet cake and then a 10in round and 8in round stacked. My question refer to the 10in and 8in round cakes. While at the local cake supply store today I asked the owner for any advice. My thoughts were that the 8in round would sit directly on top of the 10in round. She said no, that I will put an 8in board under the 8in cake and use rods to support it. My questions are:
Do I have to do that?
Is it not possible to have my 8in sit directly on top the 10in?
What might happen if I do it that way?
I am looking for any suggestions or advice! The cake I am trying to make looks very simple. It's a Princess themed birthday. So on top of my 8in I am putting a Princess Crown, just to give you an idea of what I'm trying to do.
Please help, it's Tuesday and her party is on Sunday and I need to know what to do and what NOT to do!
Thanks in advance!
Unless you are Sandra Lee (joking!), yes you must put supports. That 8" will be heavy and will sink into the bottom tier, and you will have a wreck on your hands. Dowels, straws, something. Check out the forums in here and you'll find all sorts of advice. JanH may come along and post a list of helpful links...she keeps a whole list of them handy!
While at the supply shop I bought dowel rods, like the lady said. Not that I didn't believe her just wanted to check. Now I have to figure out how to do this. I was just looking at some of the pictures in the gallery! I am completely amazed. What I'm trying to do is so simple compared to what you ladies have done! I think I may have gotten in over my head with this forum! lol Thanks again for the advice in advance!
It is a rather simple thing to do. Ice your 10in, put your 8in on a cake board, ice it .. place straws or dowels in the 10 in where your top cake will sit, cut them even with the top of 10in cake. ( you want them from bottom to top all the way through, but not sticking out of the top of the 10 in. put some extra icing, not a lot, but just enough to stick Place 8 inch on top .. the straws or dowels will support the top from sinking into the 10in. You will probably only need 4 or 5 straws or dowels. That is what I did for my daughters castle cake in my pics, 5 straws, one in middle & the other 4 even spaced around.
And I just used regular drinking straws .. easy to cut off once placed all the way down into the 10in. It sat all night & made a 20 min drive the next afternoon just fine.
But you do have to use cake board under the 8 .. otherwise it will not work, you can trace around the pan & cut it out of a larger cake board too, if you do not want to buy any round boards.
I guess it has been all explained very well. Good luck.