Stacking A Wedding Cake?!? Help :)

Decorating By deescuppycakes Updated 25 May 2010 , 10:03pm by tonedna

deescuppycakes Posted 24 May 2010 , 7:56pm
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Hi there-

i know alot of you are great cake decorators, so this questions should be a snap for you.

Whats the best way to stack a 12-9-6 3 teir wedding cake? and vids or step by steps with pic would be amazing.

what i have done before is put each teir on a cake board same size as the cake. do this to each teir. putting 4 dowel rods under each teir for support. then running a dowel rod the size of the entire cake down the middle thru each teir. just making sure thats the more supportive and best way to stack. please any suggestions would be awesome. This site has been amazing

thanks
dee

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catlharper Posted 24 May 2010 , 8:31pm
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Hi there,

Sounds like you have been doing the right steps. I would, however use a LOT more dowels to support the tiers...you may even consider using SPS for cakes over 3 tiers.

KHalstead Posted 24 May 2010 , 8:46pm
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I use the rule of thumb of every 4" of height needs a cake board, and every 2" of diameter needs a dowel!

So in your cake, when stacking the 9" on the 12 (9 divided by 2"= 4.5) I would use 4 or 5 dowels under that cake, and for the 6" cake I'd use 3 dowels under it.

If you're using a plastic plate under each cake, then most likely you'll have to use 4 dowels in each since most plates require 4.

leah_s Posted 24 May 2010 , 8:52pm
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With SPS (secure, easy cheap) each plate takes four legs. Much, much better than dowels. Especially for a cake as important as a wedding cake!

dalis4joe Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:18pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

With SPS (secure, easy cheap) each plate takes four legs. Much, much better than dowels. Especially for a cake as important as a wedding cake!





thumbs_up.gif this is the BEST SAFE way!! but if you dont have it.... then you need a lot more dowels than what you are saying.....

hth

DeeDelightful Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:29pm
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I recently chickened out of using the SPS, because i thought one of my tiers wasn't tall enough. I used the bubble tea straws and it worked out great. I'll try my SPS another time. Under a 12" square tier, i used 9-10 straws.

mkelso Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:38pm
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I am a newbie....what is SPS?

tonedna Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:47pm
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This is the way I do it for up to 4 tiers.



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leily Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:50pm
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Originally Posted by mkelso

I am a newbie....what is SPS?




check out Leahs signature for where to get more info!

It is a support system for cakes, and an awesome one at that!

DebbyJG Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:56pm
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Those of you who use SPS - what do you use to cut the legs down to size if your tier isn't exactly the right height?

CWR41 Posted 24 May 2010 , 10:15pm
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Originally Posted by DebbyJG

Those of you who use SPS - what do you use to cut the legs down to size if your tier isn't exactly the right height?




You can use the HS-10 10" Mini Hack Saw by Bakery Crafts to cut their Single Plate Separators. http://bakerycrafts.com/Home/Items/tabid/69/SrchStr/saw/Default.aspx

leah_s Posted 24 May 2010 , 10:32pm
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couldn't have said it better myself!

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prterrell Posted 24 May 2010 , 11:44pm
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I use the SPS.

cnhiatt Posted 25 May 2010 , 12:01am
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I tried SPS for the first time last week and it was pretty easy. The cake was transported 1 1/2 hours with no problem.

KHalstead Posted 25 May 2010 , 12:27am
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Originally Posted by DebbyJG

Those of you who use SPS - what do you use to cut the legs down to size if your tier isn't exactly the right height?




I use a regular saw with a meiter box.......cuts them perfectly straight every time!
LL

deescuppycakes Posted 25 May 2010 , 1:45pm
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Thanks guys so much. Where i live no one sells the sps system... I know ill have to order it online. Ill have to try it on my next cake, i dont think ill have time for it to get here. i should of looked at the system sooner but thanks for the lead. I looked at them and they seem really great.

Edna, ur like my cake idol!!!!!! i have watched all ur utube vids and ur amazing. I hope to be as good as u one day (doubt it lol) but u really are a great teacher and thanks for posting great vids to help us newbi's out

tonedna Posted 25 May 2010 , 10:03pm
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Originally Posted by deescuppycakes

Thanks guys so much. Where i live no one sells the sps system... I know ill have to order it online. Ill have to try it on my next cake, i dont think ill have time for it to get here. i should of looked at the system sooner but thanks for the lead. I looked at them and they seem really great.

Edna, ur like my cake idol!!!!!! i have watched all ur utube vids and ur amazing. I hope to be as good as u one day (doubt it lol) but u really are a great teacher and thanks for posting great vids to help us newbi's out




Thanks girl!... there are plenty of options use the one you can! Good luck!
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