Pvc Dowel System... Advice?

Decorating By jolie1977 Updated 21 Mar 2010 , 1:25am by Evoir

jolie1977 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 6:16pm
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I am going to attempt making a larger than normal cake, and on top of that it will be a topsy turvy cake. I've seen people use PVC or plastic type dowel system (one pipe through all tiers of a cake) on TV like on Cake Boss or Ultimate Cake Off, and am wondering if there is a benefit to using that VS wooden dowels inserted through each tier...

Any information on where to find those, or if it's something that can be made at home with proper tools, would be greatly appreciated!

Is there a name for that type of support system???

Joline ;o)

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kerri729 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 6:25pm
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Someone on here probably can get you good advice, but I don't think I would use PVC, unless it's certified food safe- which is probably available, but maybe someone has a suggestion for something food-safe that they use.

jolie1977 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 6:29pm
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I know Wilton has plastic dowel rods... would that be what those are used for? If so, do they screw into each other for added lenght? I guess I'm looking for a "how to" here... lol

SusanaDalia Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 10:40pm
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Looking for new ways to dowel as well. Thanks.

Jenn2179 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 10:59pm
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PVC is food safe. It's what we use for our water lines in our house.

kerri729 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 5:52pm
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Of course it is if it's certifed "Food Safe", but not all PVC is- yes, the flexible tubing used for your water lines in your home are. The PVC pipe that we buy for electrical conduit is not. PVC is used in alot of things, just make sure you find it FDA approved.

Baker_Rose Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 10:34pm
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I have seen on cake shows on TV they paint the pvc with royal icing or something to separate it from the food. I agree, not all pvc is food safe. The pipes for water are way more expensive than the ones I make mini greenhouses in my garden.


cakemom42 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 10:54pm
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Check out this page.. It's give photos of what you might be looking for.
Remember when you cut the PVC to wash it good to eliminate any traces of scraps. I cut mine the day before & put them in the dishwasher so they are ready for the next day.


Have fun!

Evoir Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 11:05pm
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What about the SPS system?

jolie1977 Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 1:01pm
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That's awesome!!! The PVC system is what I had in my head! Thank you for that link!

Evoir, what is the SPS sytem???

Evoir Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 1:25am
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Sorry for the delay in responding, but you can read about it all here on this sticky thread: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-603925.html.

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