Help!!!are Pillars Safe With All That Weight?

Decorating By Lucy0618 Updated 8 Jul 2009 , 11:59pm by indydebi

Lucy0618 Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 8:14pm
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Below is the cake I will be doing (not mine) its the one that the customer sent me.

My middle cake with the tall pillars will be a double 2inch cake of 14', 10', 6'.....do you think it will withstand so much weight and not fall? And the pillars the customer brought me has 4 pillars not 6!!!

Another thing I am trying to see how it's built with the cakes, and it's really wobbly....do you think it will fall?? How do I secure it?

If anyone can help me out? Thanks!!
LL

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kakeladi Posted 4 Jul 2009 , 2:24am
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Lucy, take a deep breath and slowly let it out. icon_smile.gif
If the pillars provided are fat like the ones in the pic you are totally safe. You can always add 2 or 3 more pillars between the ones you already have. They will not have supports to fit into/on but can help make you feel safer with the set up.
It looks to me like the smaller cakes are elevated on pillars between 2 plates. The next ones are elevated on a short vase or some such and the little one in front is sitting directly on the table.

JanH Posted 5 Jul 2009 , 1:25am
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indydebi Posted 5 Jul 2009 , 1:35am
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If you're testing the stability of the plate-n-pillars by just setting them up with nothing on them, then yes, they WILL appear to be wobbly. Ignore that. Once the cake is in place, the weight of the cake locks everything into place.

I started making cakes in the late 70's when ALL cakes used fountains and stairs. Seriously, for two straight years, that was the only cake I ever made for weddings. Never had a cake fall. And I've done cakes with more than 3 tiers on this this stand.

I've also done cakes using just 4 of the pillars. THe plates in this set are 18", so for a smaller cake, I'd use a 16" plate set and just 4 pillars. HOlds up fine.

You'll be ok. it's really a sturdy set-up. I promise.

Lucy0618 Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 10:15pm
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Thank you so much the actual cake was a huge hit!! I have one more question...I have another of these cakes that needs pillars in between all of the layers it will be a 5 tiered cake....how do you support each layer from the plate?

From the table up exampl:

I have my cake on a board then I dowel it, then place one of the pillar plates....add the pillars....then attach the other plate then I just place the other tier of the cakeon the plate? Without support and do I continue to do so?

Sorry for so many questions. I just don't want anything bad to happen icon_redface.gif

Thank you all for your support!!

Lucy0618 Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 10:32pm
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Thank you so much the actual cake was a huge hit!! I have one more question...I have another of these cakes that needs pillars in between all of the layers it will be a 5 tiered cake....how do you support each layer from the plate?

From the table up exampl:

I have my cake on a board then I dowel it, then place one of the pillar plates....add the pillars....then attach the other plate then I just place the other tier of the cakeon the plate? Without support and do I continue to do so?

Sorry for so many questions. I just don't want anything bad to happen icon_redface.gif

Thank you all for your support!!

Lucy0618 Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 10:34pm
post #7 of 8

Thank you so much the actual cake was a huge hit!! I have one more question...I have another of these cakes that needs pillars in between all of the layers it will be a 5 tiered cake....how do you support each layer from the plate?

From the table up exampl:

I have my cake on a board then I dowel it, then place one of the pillar plates....add the pillars....then attach the other plate then I just place the other tier of the cakeon the plate? Without support and do I continue to do so?

Sorry for so many questions. I just don't want anything bad to happen icon_redface.gif

Thank you all for your support!!

indydebi Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 11:59pm
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Even tho' I did plates-n-pillars cakes for 20 years, I just hate doing those anymore. I MUCH prefer the push in pillars.

But the way you described it is just how you do it. Just be sure those dowels are PERFECTLY level and even so the plate is level and even. For a 5 tier cake, if you're off by 1/4" at the bottom, it will really throw the whole cake off.

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