Please Help, Stacking Tiers!

Decorating By BecaWeka Updated 30 Apr 2010 , 3:22am by toreylynn

BecaWeka Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 5:32am
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Are we supposed to have cake boards underneath each tier? I know I have to use dowels underneath, but it does make sense for me to use the dowel unless there is a board in place.

Please help! Thank you!

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ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 5:40am
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Yes, each tier should have a cake board.

BlakesCakes Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 5:40am
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Yes, of course you have to have a board under each tier the same size as the tier. You can't dowel without the boards or you'll just have tiers that slide down spikes.

Rae

BecaWeka Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:02pm
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Thank you, I was wondering because I have seen cake shows that stick one long dowel from the top! How can it go through the cake boards??

mamawrobin Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:11pm
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

Yes, of course you have to have a board under each tier the same size as the tier. You can't dowel without the boards or you'll just have tiers that slide down spikes.

Rae




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metria Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:25pm
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sharpen the dowel with a pencil sharpener. with a little pressure you can put a center dowel through your tiered cake.

ladyonzlake Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:25pm
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Each cake still has a cake board but what they do is pre cut a hole in the board and cake.

luvbakin Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:50pm
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Do you wrap each cake board, or do you use a foam core board that isn't wrapped. I mean with foil or something.

metria Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 2:51pm
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i like to wrap them with Press N seal

cakebaker1957 Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 3:20pm
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Originally Posted by metria

i like to wrap them with Press N seal




Is it hard to get it smooth?? and do you tell the customer it has wrap on it so they wont cut it with the cake?

metria Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 3:26pm
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i tear out a sheet and press one side of the cake board to it firmly. then i trim the excess off. i repeat on the other side. so i guess i'm not technically wrapping it since it doesn't go over the sides ...

i haven't experienced cutting the cake where it tears the press n seal underneath, i wouldn't worry about it.

BlakesCakes Posted 28 Apr 2010 , 10:48pm
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I use uncovered foamcore that I've sanitized with clear drinking alcohol (gin, vodka, everclear, rum). I prefer not to have to worry about foil or saran or pressnseal coming up when the cake is cut.

Rae

Geechigirl Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:12am
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I wrap my boards with white freezer paper if I am using them between tiers. Shinny side out...

mamawrobin Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 1:17am
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I don't cover my cakeboards that are between tiers. I use to until I read several post on cc from professionals that said they didn't.

I only cover the cakeboard that my finished cake sits on.

I do cut a piece of wax paper or freezer paper the size of my cakeboard to put between the cakeboard and the next tier so that it doesn't stick to my cake.

toreylynn Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 2:24am
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when you say boards do you mean the currogated cardboard ones??? i didn't know you could use just those i though you had to use seperator plates.....now you have me wondering... i have my first wedding cake order (from my home) coming up on the 15th and the couple wants a square three tiered offset/angled stacked cake and i was going to use the seperator plates but if i could just use the boards i think i would rather do that any info would be great TIA

mamawrobin Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 3:52am
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Yes you can use the cardboard boards. I never use seperator plates for stacked cakes. I'm sure some do but I don't.

prterrell Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 3:16am
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Originally Posted by ladyonzlake

Each cake still has a cake board but what they do is pre cut a hole in the board and cake.




Only if using some other medium besides cardboard between tiers. A sharpened wooden dowel will go all the way through cake and cardboard w/o precut holes.

toreylynn Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 3:22am
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thank you mamawrobin good to know can't wait to try it... i have to admit that i am a little nervous about my upcoming wedding cake... it's the first one iv'e done from home, my first stacked cake,my first time using an impression mat, my first time doing square cakes and my first time delivering a cake by myself...i hope everything goes smoothly....i will post pics (hopefully)

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