Is This Right? Dowels....

Decorating By julia77 Updated 11 Mar 2010 , 7:10pm by Loucinda

julia77 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:11am
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I am making my sisters 5 tier wedding cake, stacked right on top of each other.

The cakes are 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4 inch.

Is this right regarding dowels?

12 inch - 5 dowel rods
10 inch - 4 dowel rods
8 inch - 4 dowel rods
6 inch - 3 dowel rods

Any advice much appreciated. THANK YOU

9 replies
Texas_Rose Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:35am
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Are you using the plastic ones or wooden? If you're using plastic then that might be enough but I think I'd put 6 in the bottom tier and 4 in the 6 inch tier, just because 4 is more stable than 3 (think of a table with 4 legs vs a table with 3 legs).

tonedna Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:42am
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casmom Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:51am
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I am by no means an expert, but I'll try to help.

If I were doing my cake, I would put:

8 dowel rods on the 12" (at least 6)
6 dowel rods on the 10" (at least 5)
4 dowel rods on the 8"
2 dowel rods on the 6"
And don't forget the center dowel. You might need a dowel higher than 12" though since the height of the cake will be at least 60". Although I have no idea where to purchase them higher than 12". Would like to know this too.

Are you going to deliver them all stacked? If you are, they are going to be VERY heavy. I did a 6"+ 8" + 10" and the weight of the cake kinda threw me off at first. I didn't know that it would be that heavy to lift.

Maybe someone else can chime in and help. HTH. Good luck. =)

indydebi Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:59am
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When I do cakes that size, I put 4 wooden dowels in all tiers except the bottom, where I put 4 of the wilton plastic dowels. Never had a problem.

casmom Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 8:47am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

When I do cakes that size, I put 4 wooden dowels in all tiers except the bottom, where I put 4 of the wilton plastic dowels. Never had a problem.


Does it mean that I put way too much dowels on the bottom and less on the top? I've only done 3-tiered cakes.

Texas_Rose Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 9:36am
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Originally Posted by casmom

2 dowel rods on the 6"




2 dowels won't do much to stabilize a tier...think of the cake board on top as the tabletop and the dowels below as the table legs. 2 legs won't hold up a table. They might keep the tier above from sinking but they won't keep it from tipping.

julia77 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 10:17am
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Thank you very much for your replies, I really appreciate it icon_smile.gif

casmom Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:06pm
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

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Originally Posted by casmom

2 dowel rods on the 6"



2 dowels won't do much to stabilize a tier...think of the cake board on top as the tabletop and the dowels below as the table legs. 2 legs won't hold up a table. They might keep the tier above from sinking but they won't keep it from tipping.




Oh, I got it now. I never even considered about tipping. Isn't that what the center dowel is supposed to be? To prevent it?

Loucinda Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 7:10pm
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No, the center dowel won't keep the others from tipping if they are not doweled properly. It just helps to keep the layers from shifting. (sliding)

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