How do you dis-amble 3 tier cake before serving if it has center dowel in it? I just made my practice cake, drive around the town to see how it goes, then invited neighbors for the cake to take away and was pretty embarrassed to dig for the center dowel out, I made the cake a mess.
What is the step by step to disample 3 tier cake? I cannot imagine it.
Just cut the cake....After the first tier is gone, you can just pull the dowel out of the bottom two. If they want to save the top tier, I'd just add the top tier at the site. I admit it looks a little freaky when you pull that pointy dowel out of the middle of the cake and walk menacingly with it to the nearest trashcan amongst well-dressed wedding guests, but they know it's just me the crazy cake lady .....
I always cut my cakes by cutting the largest tiers first.
To remove the top tier, just slide your spatula under the top tier cake's cardboard and lift it up and off of the dowel. THe dowel is now exposed and sticking up at least 2-3". Just grab it and pull it out.
If they are saving the top tier, this enables you to remove the cake without cutting it up first.
So, you actually cut the cake assembled from top to bottom?? I though that all the tiers should be apart when cutting the cake??
I pull the dowel out with (clean) needle-nose pliers that I keep in my repair kit.
The easiest way for me is to first remove each tier by sliding the spatula underneath and lifting up and off the dowel, as indydebi explained. Do this for each tier, and then you can cut them individually.
I also slide the spatula underneath the top tier and lift it up. Once that has been done, I can pull the center dowel off.
That makes sense now. Thank you!!!
I still working on my skills to handle each tier cake - it is not easy for me to hold the cake, so I hope after baking a few I will got it
One more thing--it is just fine to cut the cake while the tiers are still assembled. I think Indy always cuts the largest layers first because it's easier to send home the smaller tiers if there's cake left over. Whatever works best for you is just fine !!
I don't dig the dowel out (my center dowels are fixed to the bottom board)... I lift the tiers off the dowel and then cut each tier individually (starting with the largest tier).
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