Can someone help me understand how to stack this offset cake? Is it as difficult as my mind has made it seem?
That's something I would like to know, too! It's beautiful!
I don't think it is all that difficult. I have only ever stacked the cake so that the back of each tier lined up. It looks like this one is going every other side. It also looks like the tier hangs off the side just a smidge. I would cover my cake in whatever medium you are planning to use. I would then lightly trace a circle of the same size of my next tier on the top of the last tier in the position I want it. (I usually use a cake pan to help me visualize where I want the tier.) Then dowel as normal. As long as the cake is well doweled and balanced, it should be very steady.
Try googe stressfreecakesupports I hope this goes though or weddingcakesupports. There is a gal who makes a support that should work great for this and I believe she is in Scotland, South Dakota. There was a cake a few years back with a bride on top and groom climbing a rope to the bottom done in this type of stacking. If this doesn't work, pm me and I'll get you the tele and the web address. LOL
Think of it as two 2-tier cakes. The bottom two and the top two are exactly the same... just off-set tiers.
The trick looks to be the second tier from the top. That layer would definitely have a round under neath for support of the layer. Most likely all layers will need the added structure. As you are stacking, picture the top tier making a column. Its outside edge should be lined up with the edge of the third tier down. The only portion of cake not supported is that second tier down "ledge".
With a good doweling and cake round plan, you should be good.
opps, previous post I said the groom was climbing the rope to the bottom, I meant the top. Kathy Finholt I believe did the cake. sorry.lol
All you need is a good cake board support. Like a foam core or maybe a few cake boards glued together. They would be hidden underneath the buutercream or fondant.
You support your cake the same way as your typicall cake and the put a few dowels to hold all the layers together.
Other ways to do it is having a center dowel. And slide all the cakes through it, but still, tou need to put support on each layer..
Hope I explain this well.
Thanks so mch for all of your replies!
So just dowel regularly and put 2 dowels right down the center?
Do you think that if I used the sps a smaller plate would be used for the overhanging tier? Like if that tier was a 10 inch you should use an 8 inch or 6 inch plate and pillar set?
Yes, 2 dowels. You need to put them a the strongest point of the cake so they are not on the edge of any of the tiers. And dont forget every tier has it's support just like a regular cake. I don't know how SPS would work on this, since is hanging on one side.
Maybe you can PM leah ans see what she thinks.
this design look kinda like the one made by tulip27f,under "round wedding cakes" from dec 2007,called "white clematis". the tiers are offset,but she uses small round "wedges" or foam core between the tiers.really pretty!
You can go to Earlene's website for the support system. Also there is another thread on this subject and someone, Doug, did a diagram showing how to do it with dowels.
Thanks Bren and Nonnie!