1St Wedding Cake -Best Way To Stack Buttercream Cake Neatly?

Decorating By Moniquea Updated 29 Jul 2009 , 4:11pm by Moniquea

Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 1:29pm
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I am doing my first wedding cake for Saturday 12, 10, 6.

It's square and will not have borders. It will be completely smooth ***Scary***

I tried another cake like this and the buttercream dented but I was able to put a border on it... this time according to the simple design I can't ... any tips?

Terrified...

PS. WASC with one layer banana BC and one Caramel BC (as in bananas Foster) - debating where to add a little cinnamon ~ cake or caramel BC?

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cherrycakes Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 1:49pm
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I'm also doing my first wedding cake next weekend - also square and bare!!! I have read that if you keep the dowels or support system that you're using sticking out slightly at the top of the bottom cake you can place the next tier on and the weight of the cake will push the dowels down into the cake. It would also help if you could regrigerate your cakes so the icing is cold when you're stacking. Maybe someone else can give you more suggestions. Good luck!

Shelly4481 Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 2:04pm
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Yes frost each tier and put in fridge to harden up. When you stack them and get any marks take a viva paper towel and smooth it. Then decorate the cake.

Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 2:06pm
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Thank you!

I will remember the refrigerated part icon_smile.gif ...

Although I've got a way to drive with the cake, about 30 min so I'm still debating if I should stack at the reception hall.

And the weather should be very hot and humid thumbsdown.gif

Any flavor recommendations on the cinnamon? I've got the cake mix dr. and cinnamon is in the snickerdoodle cake but havent' made it before...

Shelly4481 Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 2:11pm
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Remember a cold cake travels better so even if you stack when you get there put in fridge if possible before you take it. Keep ac in car on high. Take all the supplies to fix, extra icing, paper towel for smoothing just in case. Good luck.

Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 2:34pm
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Thank you all!!! icon_biggrin.gif

I will try to put in the frig at the venue if I don't get in the caterers way icon_wink.gif bc I don't have a/c.... I'm so excited icon_lol.gif

Well I have to go out and buy 12lbs of sugar and more icon_smile.gif

Thanks again and best wishes!

MrsMabe Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 3:18pm
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I'd add the cinnamon to the banana cake, personally. Sounds delicious by the way!!

CookieO Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 3:27pm
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no a/c? icon_surprised.gif that alone would terrify me in a delivery.

good luck to you.

cakeychick Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 4:44pm
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No kidding!! I delivered a chocolate BC cake this past weekend and I was so scared it was going to melt on the 35 mile drive. I had the ac in the car on blast. My son was so cold he had a towel wrapped around his entire body LOL! You don't know how relived I was when I pulled out of that driveway headed home!! Good luck to you indeeed

Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 5:47pm
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Thanks again!

.... I know, my AC broke a couple of years ago and I definately miss it. I might take my hubby's car which still has AC.

I never thought of adding the cinnamon to the banana butter cream... guess I've got some experimenting to do icon_biggrin.gif

So it will be a layer of WASC, caramel BC, layer of wasc, banana BC and last layer of WASC all topped with white vanilla BC... Wish me luck!

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Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 5:48pm
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Thanks again!

.... I know, my AC broke a couple of years ago and I definately miss it. I might take my hubby's car which still has AC.

I never thought of adding the cinnamon to the banana butter cream... guess I've got some experimenting to do icon_biggrin.gif

So it will be a layer of WASC, caramel BC, layer of wasc, banana BC and last layer of WASC all topped with white vanilla BC... Wish me luck!

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KimmyO Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 7:01pm
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Moniquea - I have tried that Snickerdoodle cake recipe and it is AMAZING. Also the cinnamon buttercream is fabulous.

Good luck.

Tammy21122 Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 8:43pm
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How do you make the Banana BC? I did not see it in the recipes section...it sounds wonderful and I would love to give it a try icon_lol.gif

Moniquea Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 9:27pm
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I found it in the recipe section under Banana Icing.. Haven't tried it yet but can't wait icon_biggrin.gif

As far as the Snickerdoodle cake, which I can't wait to try, I only plan on adding the cinnamon to the WASC if I do it at all. We already agreed to the flavors and am nervous to change the cake... does that sound like a good way to do it?

Best wishes!

mcdonald Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 9:56pm
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as far as not using a border... scares me too but I have learned that if you ice the top of the cake first and spread the icing over the edge of the top, then come in and ice your sides, pushing the icing "upward" near the top of the cake. Then take you slanted "spreader" and go around the top of the cake, smoothing in from the edge.. it gives me a nice even edge. I am still working on perfecting it but getting there.

I hope my instructions make sense and don't confuse too much !! Hard to put into words!!

tonedna Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 11:14pm
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It can be done...just Viva it!...But I do worry about no AC.. Do it in all high ratio..





Edna icon_smile.gif

steplite Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 1:32am
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What helped me the most was watching Edna on Utube and Sugarshack's DVD Successful Stacking. The 12 and 10 inch cake can go in a 14inch cake box and just add the 6 inch when you get there. But I might just take it already stacked with the proper dowels. especially one down the center.

cakeroach Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 2:42am
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My advice: DEFINATELY use a car with AC!!!

alwaysbridal Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 4:21am
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Put in fridge and when you go to do final icing I always put my angled spatula in very hot water,wipe off all water from spatula and gently run along cold frosting. Hope this works.

Moniquea Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 12:33pm
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Thanks!

I just watched the video, very helpful... I guess I should buy a turntable, huh?!

OK, I'm gonna take a deep breath in and go for it icon_surprised.gif So excited!!! I've got to finish my shopping today and will add a ton of support items and a long dowel.

I'm making all my buttercream this a.m. Then MMF for scrolls 2morrow and cakes 2morro nite... Fill and frost Friday - deliver and assemble Sat. at 4pm... Sound good?

Shelly4481 Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 1:41pm
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If you stack at the venue you won't need a long dowel. Only if you travel with it stacked is when you need the long dowel.(Unless you needed the dowel for supports!!)

Moniquea Posted 29 Jul 2009 , 4:11pm
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Thanks Shelly4481... I realized that just as I was about to get one then it dawned on me I order a 10" square masonite board (a bit overkill but hey... I'm nervous icon_wink.gif ) would have to have a whole drilled into it... I don't need the added stress icon_lol.gif

Best wishes to all who have replied and offered advice icon_biggrin.gif

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