Transport Stacked Cake If Using Bubble Tea?

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rltmeng Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 11:47am
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Hi, I would like advice from anyone who uses bubble tea straws please. I read that if you use bubble tea straws for support that you should not travel with the cake stacked. Is this true? I have to travel 1 hour with a wedding cake and now am nervous about transporting it stacked if I use bubble tea straws. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Mikel79 Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 11:59am
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I have never heard that before. I use Bubble tea straws when I stack. I complete the cake at home and travel with it stacked. No problems....yet.....knock on wood.


The amazing Sharon Z. uses the Bubble Tea straw method as well. If I am not mistaken, she travels with them stacked as well.


HTH

Michael

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artscallion Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:06pm
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I find bubble tea straws to be sturdier and more reliable than dowels under any circumstance.

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KHalstead Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:07pm
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Honestly, if your cake is 3 tiers and under you should be fine!

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rltmeng Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:24pm
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Thanks for the responses. I am doing a 3 tier, and later this summer a 4 tier, is 4 tiers too many to travel stacked?

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Loucinda Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:44pm
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Just make sure those straws are cut evenly and put into the cake straight. I also always put a center dowel through the entire cake when traveling.

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pinkpiggie78 Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:45pm
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I have traveled with a 4 tier cake. I just make sure it is chilled and that the center dowels (there are three center dowels in my 4 teir cake one through tiers 1 and 2, one between 1, 2, and 3 and one through the whole thing) are into the bottom cakeboard.

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christeena Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:47pm
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I'm in the same boat! I am traveling for the first time with a 3 tier stacked cake supported by bubble tea straws in my new CakeSafe and I'm a nervous wreck about it!! I have never stacked and traveled, always finish on site but with a CakeSafe sitting on my table, I really need to suck it up and quit fretting!

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Loucinda Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:52pm
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That cake safe will work like a charm ( I LOVE mine!) with that, you don't have a worry in the world. thumbs_up.gif

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mamawrobin Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:54pm
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Originally Posted by artscallion

I find bubble tea straws to be sturdier and more reliable than dowels under any circumstance.




thumbs_up.gif Agree thumbs_up.gif I deliver stacked...... up to four tiers and I use straws icon_smile.gif

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christeena Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 12:59pm
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Okay, I'm feeling a little less nervous now! Thanks!

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rltmeng Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 3:27pm
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Thanks everyone, that does make me feel better to know it can be done. Pinkpiggie78, I am a little confused about where you place the dowel rods, you stack tiers 1 & 2 and place a dowel rod, add the 3rd tier, place another rod, and stack the 4th and add the final rod? Is that correct?

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KHalstead Posted 18 Jun 2010 , 8:37pm
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Thanks for the responses. I am doing a 3 tier, and later this summer a 4 tier, is 4 tiers too many to travel stacked?




Not so much that it's TOO MUCH for the straws......just usually TOO MUCH for me to carry! lol I'd be a bit nervous though with anything over 3, not that it can't be done...but I wouldn't give a second thought to straws supporting a 3 tiered cake, 4 on the other hand would make me nervous,that's all!

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iris219 Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 12:21am
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where do you buy these bubble tea straws? Would like to order some.

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karabeal Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 12:36am
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Iris219, I buy them at my local Asian food market. They are made as drinking straws for drinking "bubble tea." They have a larger diameter than regular drinking straws and are quite sturdy. Many cakers use them as support within tiers of a cake because they are cheap (I think I get 100 of them for $1.25), easy to cut (with regular scissors) and, as you can tell from the responses in this post, strong enough to support cake tiers.

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Bakingangel Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 12:49am
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Be sure to adhere a riser under your bottom board so you can easily get your fingers under to pick it up. I use some round wooden discs from Michaels and use Scotch double sided adhesive squares to attach them. Works great!

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cookielicious Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 3:55am
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Great idea about the riser underneath!

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shari22 Posted 10 Jul 2010 , 12:31am
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Be sure to adhere a riser under your bottom board so you can easily get your fingers under to pick it up. I use some round wooden discs from Michaels and use Scotch double sided adhesive squares to attach them. Works great!




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