Dowel Questions

Decorating By cakefort Updated 10 Sep 2009 , 3:12pm by cakefort

cakefort Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 8:00pm
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I haven't stacked cakes before so I have no idea how to proceed. One is a square base with a Wilton ball on top. Can I get away with just a single dowel in the center? I think they are 1/8 or 1/4 inch...have to check.

The second is an R2D2 cake with 4 6inch rounds and the half Wilton ball on top. Three dowels through the rounds and one through the center of the half ball?

Also, do dowels need to be cut the exact height of the top the cake, or can they be shorter, so long as they go at least halfway through the top cake?

And forgive what might be obvious, but the logistics of do I handle the cakes to stack without manhandling the BC off? I'm particularly thinking about the Wilton ball.

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bashini Posted 8 Sep 2009 , 9:20am
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Hi there, are you going to stack the full ball or the half ball? If its the half ball, you need to have a board under the cake. Here is a link on stacking cakes.

You need to cover the cakes with icing or fondant and then only insert the dowels.

And here is a great tutorial on making R2D",

Here is how you stack cakes,

HTH. icon_smile.gif

cakefort Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 3:12pm
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Thanks for the links. Very helpful.
The ball will be a full ball on an 8inch square cake. It doesn't seem like I would need anything more than a single dowel down the center for this one. Is that right? And no cakboard underneath?

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