When separating cake tiers like this one from Pink Cake Box... do you use dummies covered in fabric? Is there a good place to buy maybe acrylic boxes that would be strong? Not sure what is the best method!
<a href='http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/4-tier-monogrammed-wedding-cake-2008-08-19.htm'><img src='http://www.pinkcakebox.com/images/cake752.jpg' alt='Square Wedding Cakes with separator tiers'></a>
that's exactlly what I would use, or you could just get some styrofoam from the craft store, I think usually they're covered in fondant though so that they look like part of the edible cake.
I did a cake with smaller separators and just used styro from the craft store and covered with a satin ribbon.
Oh, that's a neat cake- thanks. And the styrofoam is structurally stable enough for real cake? I would think so, but I will dowel it too, I'm sure. I am testing it out on dummies, which of course is SO far from the real weight of cake.
no problems with the weight of the cake on the styro...you definitely want to dowel each cake though, and then set the styro right on top of the dowels...then the next cake, dowel that cake, more styro and so on. I suppose you could lay the styro in place on top of the cake and dowel through both the foam and the cake as a whole piece, that would work, but isn't necessary unless you're afraid of the styro moving out of place. I stacked this cake on site so that wasn't an issue for me.
I've used styrofoam dividers wrapped in ribbon. I've placed the styro's on a cake board, though, because I was apprehensive about the dowels poking on thru the styro and the whole cake just sinking into itself! Having the dowels against cardboard, as it would be on any 'real' cake, helped my anxiety!
good point debi, I use sps...so i actually had an sps plate under each piece of styro. Guess I should have explained that better.
Thank you all!!