Bubble Straws

Decorating By NanaPie Updated 25 Feb 2010 , 3:19am by cksweets

NanaPie Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 3:45pm
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Looked on line and saw that "bubble straws" are just nice round straws. I have also heard of them being used as cake supports, but my question is how many do you use, and are there different "guages" of them

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jammjenks Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 3:49pm
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I get mine off of ebay. I've never seen different gauges of the bubble tea straws. Use the same number as you would wooden dowels.

superwawa Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 4:30pm
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Bubble tea straws are just one size (gauge) but come in various colors; for a smaller size closer to a dowel you could just use regular drinking straws for supports. You can buy them online, or if you have access to an Asian grocery or market you might find them there too.

tiggy2 Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 4:35pm
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I don't think regular drinking straws are as strong as bubble tea straws. I wouldn't trust them in a large cake.

NanaPie Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 9:58pm
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You use them with stacked cakes with 3 and 4 layers?

jammjenks Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 10:05pm
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Originally Posted by NanaPie

You use them with stacked cakes with 3 and 4 layers?




Every single tiered cake I do uses bubble tea straws for support. I even drove this one completely assembled.
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CakeMommyTX Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 10:06pm
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I use bubble tea straws for all my cakes, I use 1/2 the amount of straws as there are inches in the cake they are supporting, don't know if that makes sense.
Here's an example: 12" cake with 10" stacked on top will have 5 straws in the 12" bottom cake, 5 is 1/2 of 10.
I think I may of made that way more confusing then it had to be..lol

Peridot Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 10:11pm
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I also got my bubble tea straws from an Asian market and I am not aware of there being different gauges.

This is how I use my bubble teas straws for a 3 tired cake. I have a 12 inch tier and on top of that I put a 10 inch tier. Before I place the 10 inch tier I insert 5-6 bubble tea straws in a circle and one in the middle off center into the 12 inch tier for support. I then place my 10 inch tier that is on a cake circle/cardboard on the 12 inch tier. Next I place 5-6 straws into the 10 inch tier cake and place the 6 inch on top of that which is also on a cake circle/cardboard. Then I insert my long wooden dowel all the way through the 3 tiers into the bottom base which is either several cardboard cirlces glued together or foamcore.

I even use the straws when doing 2 tierd cakes and I want the support there.

I hope this makes sense.

If you get SugarShack's DVD about stacking you will see how she uses bubble tea straws - an excellent DVD and worth every penny. You will learn so much.

NanaPie Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 10:11pm
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Thank you so much....your cake was beautiful. It is good to find an alternative to dowl rods....just think they are a pain. This has to be the best avenue for finding new ideas and learning from others. It humbles me to see how talented people are.

cksweets Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 6:17am
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oh....THANK GOD! i found this. i've tried the wooden dowel thing. then actually went to reg dowels cutting them w/my miter saw all the while thinking...i sure need all this fingers to finish this cake!! then recently went to the plastic dowel thing. but it is kinda expensive and my sissors/garden shears just broke after 3 cakes!

so i've heard of this bubble straw thing. is this more cost effective you think? what are they made of?? like reg straws or stronger?? what do you use to cut these w/?

thanks for all your help!

NanaPie Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 2:08pm
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I am still using up my dowel rods, but at a demonstration they said it is the straws like the use at Braums....check them out. They are pretty sturdy. I am anxious to use them. Don't you love this cake forum. Can hardly wait for the magazine to come out.....

cksweets Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:50pm
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Originally Posted by NanaPie

I am still using up my dowel rods, but at a demonstration they said it is the straws like the use at Braums....check them out. They are pretty sturdy. I am anxious to use them. Don't you love this cake forum. Can hardly wait for the magazine to come out.....




yes nanapie!! love, love, love it!! i can hardly wait either!! so exciting!! i've done some research on where to get straws...and toomuchcake (super awesome decorator) told me to look at an asian grocery store. i think we have one in a town 30 minutes away...gonna take a trip over to see. ....your dowels, are they the plastic ones or wooden? what do you use to cut?

NanaPie Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:56pm
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They are wooden dowels, and I use tree clippers I got at Lowes.... They work really well. I will probably order some on line.

NanaPie Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:58pm
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The bubble straws are what I will order on line...

pattycakesnj Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:06pm
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bubble tea straws are not "just nice round straws". They are thicker in diameter than regular drinking straws

mirda6275 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:14pm
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I've used pet nail clippers (ones that have NOT been used on cakes) to cut down wooden dowels.

I've found the bubble tea straws at the grocery store near me (advertised as milkshake straws) near the ice cream and in random places throughout the store. I also have seen them at local cake stores.

NanaPie Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:37pm
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You are so right, they are not just your ordinary straws. In fact I was concerned even using them in a large cake, but after I saw jammjerks cake I was blown away. Bubble straws here I come.

Also great idea mirda6275 on the pet clippers!

cksweets Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 11:16pm
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Originally Posted by pattycakesnj

bubble tea straws are not "just nice round straws". They are thicker in diameter than regular drinking straws




huh??? wasn't sure what you meant. are you saying they wouldn't be at the asian gstore?

Kitagrl Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 11:38pm
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I LOVE bubble tea straws! Its all I use for supports, except an occasional "dowel all the way through".

cksweets Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:02am
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

I LOVE bubble tea straws! Its all I use for supports, except an occasional "dowel all the way through".




thanks! kitagrl...your cakes are so nice!! love the xoxo cake. what do you use to cut the straws? do you order online or buy at store??

Kitagrl Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:07am
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Originally Posted by cksweets

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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

I LOVE bubble tea straws! Its all I use for supports, except an occasional "dowel all the way through".



thanks! kitagrl...your cakes are so nice!! love the xoxo cake. what do you use to cut the straws? do you order online or buy at store??




Actually the xoxo and the other two were styrofoam done for display...but any of my other tiered ones have the straws in them. icon_smile.gif THANKS btw! Anyway, I just use regular nice sharp scissors and its so easy to get them even. I found with dowels (years ago) that its so hard to get them perfectly even and everything and the wide diameter of the bubble tea straws seems to make them quite sturdy.

I get mine in a big bag at a restaurant supply store.

cksweets Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:19am
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

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Originally Posted by cksweets

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitagrl

I LOVE bubble tea straws! Its all I use for supports, except an occasional "dowel all the way through".



thanks! kitagrl...your cakes are so nice!! love the xoxo cake. what do you use to cut the straws? do you order online or buy at store??



Actually the xoxo and the other two were styrofoam done for display...but any of my other tiered ones have the straws in them. icon_smile.gif THANKS btw! Anyway, I just use regular nice sharp scissors and its so easy to get them even. I found with dowels (years ago) that its so hard to get them perfectly even and everything and the wide diameter of the bubble tea straws seems to make them quite sturdy.

I get mine in a big bag at a restaurant supply store.




thanks so much...yes.. that is my problem...can't seem to be uniform w/my cuts. i can't wait to try out the bubble straw method! icon_smile.gif

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