Ok so this might seem like the dumbest question ever but I have to ask. I have not really built any big tiered cakes and only used dowel rods once (and I dont think I used them right!) so I am not that experienced with them. Can someone please tell me why you put a dowel rod through the center of the cake? What does this do or what does it prevent from happening?? I am kind of embarrased asking but I need to know! TIA!!
You put a dowel through the center of a tiered cake to keep the tiers from slipping. If you're not going to be transporting it already stacked, then you can usually manage without a center dowel.
Texas_rose got it right. It saved me a cake from falling.