Doweling Q

Decorating By ahuvas Updated 8 Jun 2009 , 2:23pm by sweetcakes

ahuvas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:08pm
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Hi

I dont have any experience with doweling so I am hoping someone can help.

I plan to stack a wondermold cake, which I think is 8 inches across slightly off centre on a 14 inch single layer round which will be torted and filled. Both the wonder mold and 14 inch will be covered in fondant.

Does anyone know if I have to put supports in the cake. Should I do a single long dowel through the wondermold and 14 incher or/and short supports underneath a cardboard round which the wondermold will be sitting on?

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poohthebear Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:19pm
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Yes I would use the dowels to put the wondermold on top. And always a good idea to spike the two together. Just my opinion but I have done a cake without the supports and ended with a delicious disaster.

Kiddiekakes Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:20pm
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Yes..the wondermold is very heavy and when you add the weight of fondant on top of that.You will need a seperate board for the wondermold cake.Once you decide where on the 14 inch slab you want it...measure and cut about 5-6 dowels the depth of the cake and push them down and in about 1 inch apart right under where you plan to put the wondermold cake.I go in a circle then fill in the middle.HTH

ahuvas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:24pm
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Thank you I just wasnt sure since the bottom cake is only about 3 inches high (2 inches cake, 1 inch filling, covering). It means the supports would be pretty tiny.

Just to double check but how thick does the doweling have to be? Also it doesnt have to spear the cake board that is supporting everything right? just be long enough to rest on it and lay flush with the top of the 14 inch cake?

Poohthebear - are you saying to use both a single dowel through the two cake as well as the 5/6 in the bottom layer?

poohthebear Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:30pm
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Yes I would use both. The small dowels will support the weight and the spiked one will keep the top from sliding, just like any tiered cake.

jeking Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:31pm
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It doesn't HAVE to spear the board, but it help to tap it into the board...gives it a bit more stability.

You can use wooden dowels or...in this instance...you could use large plastic straws placed a couple of inches apart. (I don't use straws but others do and swear by them. I only mention them because they are economical. I use the large white round plastic dowels. Wilton makes them...I think we get ours from someone else, but they are all the same.) Be sure that they are all cut evenly. This is one of the issues that causes tiers to tip and slide off...uneven doweling. It doesn't have to be uneven very much to cause problems when transporting.

ahuvas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 1:41pm
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Thank you. I have a cake due in 2 weeks. Its for my niece's 4th birthday and she is so excited about it. She saw the wondermold box and keeps on talking about the princess cake. I hope it lives up to her expectations! icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 2:21pm
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Cut one dowel and then use that one to cut all the rest of them - you want them to be all the same height.

sweetcakes Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 2:23pm
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use straws, they will certainly hold the doll cake up and be so much easier to cut.

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