My first stacked 3 tiered cake is due tomorrow (for a colleague's retirement party) and it's leaning to the back! I thought it was level, but obviously not...
Can I take extra cake boards and try to prop up? Any other advice? It's a really heavy cake (10X4X8X4X6X4).
And any advice for leveling in the future? I only have the small Wilton one (and it bends), can't afford the Agbay and wonder if the large Wilton is worth investing in?
Do you have enough support inside? Usually cakes lean because the support is insufficient.
You should be able to level it with the support system. Did you cut all of your dowels/straws the same length?
Yes, I do have enough support inside (6 dowels in 10", 4 in 8" and a centre dowel all the way through because I have to transport). At least I thought that was enough (Edna says every 2 inches, right)? And they are cut even)
Unfortunately, after I put on the fondant, the 10" looked a bit off before I stacked....but it was too late to do anything at that point!
And no the large Wilton leveler isn't any better. Wilton = not good.
Good advice above on making sure the support system is doing it's work.
Read Leah_s tagline about SPS. It will help in the future as long as your cakes are 4" high. Love it and no leaning.
If you used dowels they could be leaning inside the cake (I hate dowels). Short of taking it apart and redoing it there isn't much you can do.
Do you have a board between each level? I feel your pain, hope it works out for you.
Thanks for the "support"! I ended up folding an 8" cake board and putting it underneath. It lifted the cake enough to pass. It ruined my border, so I filled in the gaps with BC (but it was at the back so not as noticeable).
It turned out okay for my first 3 tiered and everyone at the party loved it! But I will be even more careful about leveling in the future!
I really like the colours and design. the lean is not that bad. as long as the customer liked it thats all that matters!
Sooooooooooooo cute, nice save.
Great thinking! Nice save! (I've used rolled up snakes of fondant fro shims before. Works like a charm).
You need to worry a lot less about the levelling of ur cakes and more about the support. As long as the support is strong and straight, level doesn't matter, apart from having to hide the gaps.
It's important to use a strong board at the base too - too weak a board means the board might bend, the cake might move and so the dowels might move = leaning.
It looks like the cakes settled a bit after fondanting, if that happened while stacked, again, the dowels could have moved =leaning.
U mention the 10inch was a bit off before u stacked it. Unfortunatly u are best to strip the cake and start again, cause leaving it means u are more likely to have problems.
The cake it's self looks good though and at least u learnt for the next one!