When Do You Put The Dowels?

Decorating By Kookie Updated 5 Oct 2009 , 3:01am by Kookie

Kookie Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 3:30am
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What is the correct way to put dowels to support tiers?
Do you put all dowels in the cake before stacking up the tiers or
put dowels in when you actually stack up each tiers?
Thanks.

11 replies
kickasscakes Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 3:41am
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As long as they go in, I don't think it matters when. I dowel each tier and then stack.

cabecakes Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 4:09am
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I think it all depends on the amount of time you are going to have to do the stacking. If you aren't going to be stressed about getting it stacked it doesn't really matter. If you are going to be stressed for time, I'd go ahead and place the dowels ahead of time.

Kookie Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 2:39pm
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cabacakes and snowbuns,
O.K. I will decide that morning when I want to place the dowels or not.
Thank you!

indydebi Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 2:45pm
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I like to let the cake settle (preferably overnight if I can) before putting in the dowels. I've found that if I fill and crumb coat, then put the dowels in right away, then when I come in the next morning, the cake has settled and I have to trim another 1/8" to 1/4" more off of the dowels.

Kookie Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 4:37pm
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Hi indydebi,
That is a good thing to know.
Can I crumb coat and frost same day?
Thanks.

indydebi Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 8:31pm
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I have crumb'd and frosted the same day, but I like to have a few hours between them (crumb in the a.m.; ice in the p.m.) so the cake can settle. I get fewer cracks in the icing and fewer blowouts.

Kookie Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 10:01pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

I have crumb'd and frosted the same day, but I like to have a few hours between them (crumb in the a.m.; ice in the p.m.) so the cake can settle. I get fewer cracks in the icing and fewer blowouts.




I always appreciate your help.
Thanks.

OregonCakeLady Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:10am
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okay I am probably being really stupid thinking this ( I have had a glass of wine) but what do you mean? Don't you put dowels in as you stack the cake? I wouldn't think that they would do their job if they were put in after the cake was stacked. I don't know. you don't have to explain what you meant to the lush but I was just wondering.

indydebi Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:17am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OregonCakeLady

okay I am probably being really stupid thinking this ( I have had a glass of wine) but what do you mean? Don't you put dowels in as you stack the cake? I wouldn't think that they would do their job if they were put in after the cake was stacked. I don't know. you don't have to explain what you meant to the lush but I was just wondering.




icon_lol.gif I can see how it can be confusing! Here's my take on how I read it:

Do you/we ice the cake, put in the dowels, stack the cake, all within 3-4 minutes? Or .....

Do you/we ice the cake, let it sit overnight to settle, come in the next day, put the dowels in each layer, then stack. (Or sometimes I put the dowels in, transport the cakes unassembled, then stack on site).

I think she was asking how much time between putting in the dowels and stacking the cake.

OregonCakeLady Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:24am
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ah.... now I understand...
I was confused because I have run across people who don't put any dowels in until the cake is full stacked! icon_eek.gif I don't see that working well. Thanks for clearing things up

Kookie Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 3:01am
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oregoncakelady,Sorry for making confusion.
Indydebi,thank you for your nice explain.

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