Dowels For A 2 Layer Cake?

Decorating By proudmommaof3 Updated 27 Apr 2014 , 6:24pm by teresadutton

proudmommaof3 Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 4:21pm
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I am a newbie and am wondering if I need to place dowels in a 2 layer (10" 8" or 6") cake for stability or is it pretty stable on its own?

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Motta Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 4:36pm
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Hi, I used dowels on a 2 tier cake just this past weekend. I think it will only add to it's stability and will give you the assurance that your lower tier cake won't dip in the middle from the weight of the top tier. Even a small cake can be heavy!

proudmommaof3 Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 4:39pm
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would you use 2 or 4 dowels?

Motta Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 5:19pm
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I would use 4 but I like to be extra safe. If it's a cake for home use, you might get away with 2 if you put the cake together shortly before it's served. If it's going to sit awhile, use 4 and you won't have to worry about it.

KHalstead Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 5:29pm
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I would definitely dowel and I would add 4 dowels plus one in the center (just in case the board that your 8"/6" cake is on should happen to get moist and bend a little.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 6:09pm
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I use three. I make a triangle. I don't want any more holes in the cake than that. Speaking to a two tier only setup, of course.

millermom Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 6:31pm
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Do you mean 2 layers, or 2 tiers? icon_confused.gif
For a 2 layer cake, no, you do not need dowels, but with 2 tiers, you definitely should.

proudmommaof3 Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 1:48pm
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I truly appreciate the wonderful, helpful tips! I will definitely dowel! Especially since I'm traveling with it and it's for my Godson and I wouldn't want anything to happen to it!

indydebi Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 7:29pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by millermom

Do you mean 2 layers, or 2 tiers? icon_confused.gif
For a 2 layer cake, no, you do not need dowels, but with 2 tiers, you definitely should.




Agree. From your initial question, I'm not sure, but if it's just a two-layer cake, then no, you don't need dowels. (We've been making 2-layer cakes for years with no dowels in them.)

teresadutton Posted 27 Apr 2014 , 6:24pm
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When you guys do a 2 layer cake do you put cake to cake or do you have something under the 2nd tier, like a cardboard circle or something?

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