I am making a cake with a tree in the centre of it, kind of like the Wilton Tinker Bell Tree. But I am using a dowel that is screwed to the bottom board with the bottom cake lowered through the dowel and onto the bottom cake board. The cake needs to be iced with buttercream. My question is this: do I crumb coat the cake before I lower it onto the dowel? And is there a trick to getting icing smooth when you've got a big dowel sticking out the top of the cake?! There must be a tutorial out there somewhere on how to ice a cake using a center pillar construction as this would be similar, but I can't find it. Any suggestions would be so appreciated!
There is a cake coring tool that might help. Check out
You would finish and smooth your cake, core it with this tool, and lift it up over and down onto the pillar. The tree structure would cover any ragged edges in the very center. Maybe??
Thanks ibmoser, that makes sense. I just couldn't see trying to ice around a pillar/dowel! I'm going to pick on of these gadgets up asap!