What Are The Things In Between These Layers?

Decorating By laneycake Updated 5 Sep 2009 , 1:37am by classiccake

laneycake Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 1:49pm
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I have this wedding cake to do in a few weeks and I'm tring to figure out what the things are that they use in between the layers. I have several ideas of what I would do (several layers of foamcore for one), but wondered if there was a right way to do it and what it is. TIA!
LL

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cakefairy03 Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 2:08pm
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That's a beautiful cake! I'm thinking what you're thinking...layers of foamcore. I would think you would support it the same way you would support any other tiered cake. GL!

Texas_Rose Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 2:10pm
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Foamcore is exactly how I'd do it.

txnonnie Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 3:57pm
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Could you take styrofoam block and cover with foam board? The styrofoam would give it the height and the foam board would be a smoother finish and keep the stryofoam from crumbing on the cake.

aobodessa Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:06pm
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I've done cakes like this before and I used a drum board with the edges covered in satin ribbons.

(drum boards, for those that don't know, are those silver-covered cake boards about 3/4" - 1" thick)

HTH,

Odessa

bakers2 Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:20pm
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you can get large sheets of ploystyrene at Home Depot or Lowe's in 1" or 2" thickness in the lumber/insulation section- cut with jigsaw

bakers2 Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:21pm
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ooops! polystyrene!!! bad typing day!

tracycakes Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:22pm
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The purple and ivory cake in my photos is similar. I used white styrofoam from craft store and covered it, then the sides were wrapped in ribbon. I use SPS for support and just put it under the styrfoam and the styrofoam actually supported the cake above it.

mcdonald Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:33pm
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I would love to do this cake but looking at it... it scares me...

txnonnie Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:45pm
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Are you asking about the boards the cake is sitting on or the form that is separating the layers? I'm thinking the form separating the layers was the question.

If it is the boards the cake is sitting on, then yes drums, 1/2" foam board, etc.

CakesByLJ Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:50pm
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I did a cake similar, and used styrofoam squares, 2" deep, and covered them with cake cardboards on top and bottom, and the sides wrapped in fondant. It's in my photos.. hth

KHalstead Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 4:56pm
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I did a similar cake as well, I used styrofoam from the floral dept. and then used ribbon around the outer edge.........dowel the cake underneath the foam and then put on the foam and then the next cake layer. You can add some "glue dots" (little sticky things in the craft section) to the foam to secure your next cake's board so it doesn't move at all once it's set up!

SaraClassic Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 5:11pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tracycakes

The purple and ivory cake in my photos is similar. I used white styrofoam from craft store and covered it, then the sides were wrapped in ribbon. I use SPS for support and just put it under the styrfoam and the styrofoam actually supported the cake above it.




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prterrell Posted 2 Sep 2009 , 8:16pm
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Looks like styrofoam with ribbon around the edges to me.

classiccake Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 3:01am
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I do this all the time....use styrofoam cut to size. This cake used ribbon. I have done that, also iced the foam with my buttercream. I have several cakes in my gallery with this. "Classic Art" is one of them....6 tiers with 2 styrofoam "drums" between several tiers iced in buttercream. "Nelly" has ribbon around the foam.

CakeMommyTX Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:14pm
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I've been wanting to try something like this, would you drive a dowel through the entire cake? and if you did would it drag pieces of styrofoam into the cake?

bakers2 Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:33pm
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with the polystyrene you can 'core' it - cut out a middle section 2 - 3" so that it still supports the tier above but you don't have to worry about trying to shove a dowel through it (you still have to dowel the tier under it though!)

laneycake Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 10:03pm
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Thanks for the replies everyone, they helped a lot! I'm going the 2" polystyrene route with ribbon wrapped around them...should turn out great! Will post pictures when it's all said and done. Thanks again!

Darthburn Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 11:31pm
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Probably a dumb question... I am a newbie though... but do you all just set the styrofoam on top to the cake below it? No parchment or anything?

I was in a topic about putting the cake right onto wrapping paper the other day and have since been paranoid to let anything other than dowels and cardboard touch anything edible I'm making.

So is the fondant touching the styrofoam seperator?

classiccake Posted 5 Sep 2009 , 1:37am
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I use a wrapped cardborad the same size as the styro foam under the foam. That way, the board touches the icing, not the foam. The foam is always covered on the outside edges also.

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