I need some tips from anyone that has done this.
I have a bride that is wanting her bottom tier of her cake to be 8 inches tall -the next tier will be 4 inches and the top 8 inches tall again.
My question is - for the 8 inch tall tiers would I need to add a cake board between the 4 inches and then ice or just put all 4 cakes together. If that makes sense (I'll have 2 inches of cake for each cake making it 8 inches tall in total for 1 tier) I'm just concerned that having 8 inches of cake stacked on each other would not be a good thing and that I should add a support to the middle of the 8 inch tall tiers?
I've read on here that you should add support every 4 inches. Otherwise the weight of all that cake could cause it to collapse on itself.
I would definately put dowels in the bottom two layers and then put a cake board down before you do the top two layers of the tier. I tried to get away with three 2 inch layers this weekend and they really settled.
I've done it without any support and didn't have any problems. I do however suggest you dowel and use a cardboard in the middle.