Please Help, I'm Sooooooo Confused, Re: Stacking Cakes!

Decorating By bourbs Updated 19 Jun 2009 , 9:31pm by bourbs

bourbs Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 8:36pm
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Hi,

I know there are things written on this, but I'm reading and seeing different things.
I'm planning on making (or trying to) a topsy turvy cake for my niece (2 tier).
I'm wondering if I have to put dowels AND a separator plate?

I watched the sugarshack video and it looks like she only uses the dowels?unless I'm mistaken.
I just watched Edna's stacking cakes video on Youtube and it looks like she used dowels only? Unless I missed something.
I've asked someone on here recently and on another forum and they said to use a separator and dowels?????

So needless to say, I'm very confused? When I see my Edna and Sugarshack not using separator plates I have to wonder if I really need to use one if I'm using dowels? icon_eek.gif

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leah_s Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 9:49pm
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You need a cardboard under the cake and dowels or a system like SPS. The dowels have to have a "ceiling" to bump up against (the cardboard under the upper tier) , otherwise your upper tier would just sink down, down, down onto the dowels and squish the bottom tier.

CakeMommy3 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 11:32pm
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What she said ^^^

Here's a cool tutorial...don't know if you've seen it already

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=71115&pid=969488&st=0

bourbs Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 3:06am
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I did see that sticky. I just got very confused seeing different things.

My apologies for asking something that was on here and thank you so much for taking the time to explain this to me.
I guess I'm just nervous as I've never made a stacked cake before and I want it to be nice and when i'm nervous I get confused easily, lol
I need to start the cake this weekend and I'm really nervous!
So I guess I need to pick up some "foamboard"?

Marie

sugarshack Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 6:04am
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my tiers have fomecore under them and the bubble tea straws for support.

you need something under each tier: cardboards,fomecore,platic plates... your choice.

tiggy2 Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 4:27pm
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Be sure you use a firm cake, a box cake mix will not hold up (ask me how I know).

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 4:29pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sugarshack

my tiers have fomecore under them and the bubble tea straws for support.

you need something under each tier: cardboards,fomecore,platic plates... your choice.





I love it when I see a pro talk about foam core. Makes me happy. Yay!

MrsNewBaker Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 5:17pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tiggy2

Be sure you use a firm cake, a box cake mix will not hold up (ask me how I know).





Do the variations of WASC hold up for stacking??

bourbs Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 9:31pm
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This is truly becoming my home away from home! you're all just amazing to take the time to answer my inane questions.
Hopefully one day I'll be good enough to pass on my knowledge and when i do, I'll remember the kindness I got here from all of you icon_smile.gif

Marie

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